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Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Costikyan on the GDC
Greg Costikyan has posted a great report on the Game Developers Conference, and more generally, the state of the game industry, on his weblog.
The game is a virtually infinitely plastic medium; it's adaptable to every technology from the neolithic on. Digital games have explored a tiny fraction of the possible--particularly tiny because of their (up until recently) inherently single-player nature. Inexorable business forces--fuelled at least as much by the lack of imagination of publishers as their risk averseness--have nonetheless squeezed the range of the commercially possible down to a few hackneyed lines. Yet at the same time, developers have become far more aware of the potential, far more respectful of their own history and the promise it held, far more educated about the possibilities of design--and consequently far more frustrated at the narrowing paths into which their talents are channelled.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 6:40 PM |

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