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16 significant gaming industry figures talk about some of the major trends and changes in gaming over the last decade

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  1. reese
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    My favorite listed trend is "post-launch game development," written by Austin Wintory (noted as having composed Journey). He cites the Mass Effect 3 ending rehash as his case in point,...

    My favorite listed trend is "post-launch game development," written by Austin Wintory (noted as having composed Journey). He cites the Mass Effect 3 ending rehash as his case in point, illustrating just how responsive to feedback developers can be nowadays. I tend to prefer bringing up No Man's Sky, since I think it's a bigger and longer-term turn-around, but both are positive examples. That said, it's interesting that an EA game actually changed in response to feedback.

    I would have liked Austin to touch upon the flagrantly negative examples. They're everywhere, as in DLC or updates invalidating previous content, especially paid content in a competitive context that was purchased months or weeks prior. I know I always hate on Blizzard, but they're notorious for this in WoW and Hearthstone. Even just offering an overabundance of purely aesthetic packs exploits a small minority of players. There are folks who will literally rack up thousands of dollars in credit card debt to collect everything in a game—I've known people and friends of friends who are addicted. Even non-addicts find it too easy to get nickel-and-dimed by The Sims and numerous other titles nowadays.

    Obviously the advantages of updating a game post-release largely outweigh the disadvantages, and I'm not against paid DLC. I'm just saying that gamers need to remember that their feedback matters, looking no further than Mass Effect 3 and No Man's Sky as examples. They also need to remember that they've fiscal responsibility to themselves, spouses, and dependants. And moreover, game developers should take responsibility for enabling people to make terrible financial decisions. Yes, I'm aware of the profit motive, but there are plenty of developers who do exercise reasonably ethical business practices.

    In the next decade I'd like to see more gamers disavow the shameless money grabs from the most popular developers and franchises.

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