I love video games, and I am almost positive that you do too. Since I was a young kid, gaming has always consumed a fairly large portion of my life. Around the time I was three or four, I was already invested in games such as Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase and Call of Duty 3. Eventually, I discovered Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and absolutely fell in love with the entire concept of video games. However, a lot has changed since I was a kid.
As of now, I am seventeen years old and have not felt emotionally invested in a video game since I was about twelve or thirteen. Actually, I haven't spent money on a new video game in months. The reasoning behind this; video games just do not appeal to me as much as they did when I was a child, and I know I am not the only one who feels this way. Boys and girls, let's be honest with each other for a second, if you played through the entire Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2 campaign, then you most likely were extremely upset when Shepherd pointblank shot Ghost and Roach. Why? Because back then, the developers of the series actually wanted you to be invested in the game and to care about the characters. Now, things are different and the newer Call of Duty games just do not meet the amount of suspense that other games in the series hold. I've been thinking more and more about this topic lately, are video games a dying trend?
In 2010, sales of video games brought in roughly $17 billion in revenue. Fast-forward to four years later, video game sales have fallen to about $15.4 billion. Last year however, the tables turned and video game revenue skyrocketed. The reasoning behind it; mobile games. If you subtract the profits that mobile developers bring into the industry, then console developers would probably be a little disappointed.
Do not get me wrong, I love mobile gaming and it has sucked money right out of my bank account on numerous occasions. However, many companies and developers are now noticing that mobile gaming is currently the fastest growing addition to the entire video game industry, because nowadays, everyone is always on either their phone or a tablet of some kind. Unfortunately, many developers have taken notice of this and have begun making cheap remakes on mobile devices of console games that were once magnificent. I once had an Nintendo D.S., and decided to purchase Call of Duty 4 for it, since it was my favorite console video game at the time. Honestly, it was a terrible port. The graphics were subpar, the mechanics were broken, and all-in-all it was a waste of money. This is exactly what console developers are doing with mobile games; and sooner or later, people will catch onto this and realize just how much of a waste of money these remakes/ports are.
I recall reading an article a few weeks back regarding how Nintendo's profits were down more than 60%. Think about this, Nintendo once ruled the video game industry with titles such as Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and Duck Hunt. Personally, I believe that Nintendo has been on a decline ever since they released the Wii U, which only sold approximately thirteen-million units compared to the original Wii, which has sold over one-hundred million units. Those are pretty disappointing statistics, let's just hope that the Nintendo Switch does not do that poorly in sales.
I realize the majority of this article has been me bashing the video game industry, so I would like to take some time to discuss what they are doing right as of now. As 2016 comes to an end, video games are now aimed towards a wider audience. There are action games, puzzle games, shooter games, strategy and simulation games, and the list goes on and on. So now matter how old you are, there is probably something out there for you to play and have a great time while doing it. Like I said before, there is a reason mobile gaming is so popular, because it is available to everyone and is much cheaper than purchasing a console and a $60 game.
Now, I don't necessarily think the video game industry is dead, however I do believe that if there is not a change soon; it will begin to die off quickly. I love what some developers are doing, while I absolutely despise what others are doing. Many people are just trying to get a quick buck while certain developers who spend a lot of time writing a great plot and developing a fantastic game gets overlooked by big-name titles.
Do you believe that the video game trend is dead/dying? What changes do you think should be made in-order to keep this once booming industry alive?