The industry is in turmoil, says Clifford Bleszinski

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Jazz Jackrabbit and Gears of War designer Clifford Bleszinski is currently in semi-retirement after leaving Epic Games. One of the more outspoken game developers, he says he’s not about to jump back in the games game until the industry – which he says is in turmoil – has more answers about the future.

“This business has not been in a state of transition like it is right now since the video game crash of the ’80s,” Bleszinski told GamesIndustry.

“I really think we’re in a massive state of turmoil. I think Nintendo could possibly be faced with the situation of becoming a company that only makes software moving forward. I think Sony and Microsoft are about to come to major blows. But at the same time, people love playing games on their iPad. The PC is going through a wonderful renaissance right now. I think we’re ready to do digital download games all the time…I just want to see what happens.”

I don’t agree with CliffyB all too often, but what the things he’d like from the future, as far as consoles go, are the things that make the PC a great platform, and would be more than welcomed in consoles. He wants quick and easy patches, support for mods, and more indie games.

“When Gears of War 2 launched and we found out that our netcode wasn’t working right, it took us three months to get an update out,” Bleszinski said. “By that time, the majority of users had moved on to the next game or had traded it in. If Microsoft and Sony are to do well in this next generation, they are going to need to reduce that time as much as possible, as well as continue to enable user-supported mods, independent games, and really just get rid of the wall that makes it incredibly hard to find those products, even if they’re allowed on the console… All that red tape needs to be stripped away in order to create an ecosystem to allow for a product like Minecraft to actually happen on a console.”

What do you think? Is Nintendo on its way to being the next SEGA? Is the industry about to crash again?

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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