This is a question I often ask myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love video-games. I love the virtual experiences that talented developers put out. Not only that, but I adore getting immersed in a truly great and awe-inspiring game! The problem? There are so many bad games out there, a lot of which are made with crummy micro-transactions or are just generally unfinished.
I know that I’m far from the first person to talk about the “decline” in gaming that developed over the past couple years. However, I did want to bring my opinion to the discussion table. After all, I love video-games! However, I’d be lying if I said the medium isn’t eating itself alive right now.
So many games nowadays are just scams. They’re bottomless and unfinished money-pits, while also being chores to play. A good example of this was Fallout 76. Bethesda Softworks hyped this game up to no end! It was supposed to have “16 times the detail” that Fallout 4 had, while also being a persistent online world.
The game came out… And everybody hated it. The game was unfinished and broken, the pre-order bonuses were falsely advertised and incredibly cheap, and it was just overall a crappy product. This is just one of many examples of games that are cheaply made and terrible nowadays.
That’s not even getting into the disastrous launches of Elder Scrolls Online, No Man’s Sky and both Destiny games. However, there are still good games out there. Look at Indie games; that genre is full of hits! You’ve got games like MineCraft, Terraria and Undertale, all of which have a sizable fan-base to this day. Hell, a new and awesome Indie game called “Disco Elysium” just came out! Not only that, but it’s getting nominated for “Best RPG” of the year at the game awards!
That being said, gaming is still in a bad place right now. The problem is that its ruled by the publishers that distribute the games, not the developers who make said games. When you put corporations in charge of things, then problems usually arise. Regardless, there are still plenty of good games coming out, even if they’re sometimes overshadowed by the large amount of filth.
Let’s answer our original question: What happened to gaming? Gaming is still alive and well, it’s just in this rut of most new titles being rushed hack-jobs. That being said, the medium still produces a lot of truly great and amazing games. While I don’t think gaming will ever truly be as good now as it was in the 90s, I can at least appreciate that good stuff is still coming out here or there.