Please view this as my personal view on the subject, and not anyone elses.
I have been an active gamer since the early 1980s.
I have lived through the games era of Pac-man, Lemmings, Mario, Pong, Tetris and even Arcroniod.
In 1988, the gaming industry suffered a major crash. Many top retailers stopped selling anything that resmembled a game, and it was shunned by the gaming world.
If you look at the consoles we had in the past, NES, SNES, MEGADRIVE, AMIGA, COMODORE 64, ATARI, AMSTRAD, GAMEBOY, ARCIMEIDIES. You can see how the gaming world has evolved into somthing very speical.
Technology grows at a super-fast pace, and most of todays top software designers are still running to catch up. Now look at what we have today. PC, Wii, PS 3 XBOX 360 and Elite. Its incrediable, that in such a small space of time, 20 years or so, we have gone from pong, which was merley to paddels and a ball on a black screen, to mulit-player games that involve HD Graphic consoles that can produce some of the most stunning effects ever made.
Is the market moving to fast? Maybe. Lets look at it this way.
In 100 years from now, can you imagine what the games will be like? How much more "real life" are they going to to get? Is this going to take the fun out of a game?
A game is basically a program created for personal player enjoyment. And some are produced in a few months, others, like some of todays super games, take many years and thousnds of pounds to produce. Puzzle games come out every year, and still sell. Why? Because they are proffitable. Anyone who can pick up the latest puzzle game for a fiver is going to choose that than pick a super deluxe game for a pc that requires X amount of RAM and specs to run.
One of the biggest flaws, is the game companys force people to buy and update their machines and hardware to cope with the strenious but all the same amazing effects and abilitys of todays top games. I am not moaning, its an amazing feat.
All I would like to see, is a gradual slow down of the way things are on the market, so most of the younger generation can keep up.
What are your views?