Cliff Bleszinski states video game industry in "massive state of turmoil"
Despite now being retired, Gears of War creator and game designer Cliff Bleszinski has kept himself relatively busy these days. For one thing, he's still very much active in the gaming industry including, acting as the keynote speaker at the 2013 East Coast Games Conference today. It was at this event that the man so fondly known as "Cliffy B" let it be known that if he was to come out of retirement, now would not be the time.
Weighing in the 80's crash and the market today seems like a bit of a stretch. While it's true the economy is far from full recovery, video game sales are still very strong. That wasn't the case thirty years ago when the entire medium was on the brink of going away for good. My belief is that Cliff has taken the number of studio closings and layoffs that have been happening lately and is making a larger presumption than needed on them.
The part about people who "love playing games on their iPad" isn't something I would take too seriously either. Mobile games have been super popular on iOS and Android devices these days but it's a different gaming experience than what you get on a console. I don't hear a lot of people dropping their Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 in favor of playing the next Angry Birds or (in the case of Epic Games) Infinity Blade. It's simply a different market targeted towards a different audience.
In regards to speaking at today's conference, Bleszinski comments about his love of creating games. He also makes a final statement that seems to speak on the vilifying of the medium.
I want to believe a majority of us would stand up for the integrity of this hobby which we love when it is challenged. Whether it's the Roger Ebert "video games aren't art" claim or the recent blame passed over from the Sandy Hook incident, gamers have and will make a stand. It's good to hear someone from the industry unafraid to speak their mind on it.