Molyneux warns indies, insults Microsoft

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Why is she still allowed to even own a computer?

It’s our favorite time again – what did Peter Molyneux say? This time, gaming’s grandfather (or maybe he’s the crazy uncle, or black sheep cousin) said indies should enjoy their time in the sun because it won’t last. He also gave one of my favorite quotes ever regarding Microsoft.

Speaking to Computer and Video Games, Molyneux explained that these things go in cycles:

Don’t think we’re going to be all indies for the next five years – these things go in cycles, just like in the music business. You have a time where punk is big, and then you have times like now where everything is manufactured.

Enjoy this time, because inevitably it will only last a short period.

He talked about the GDC, saying how angel investors were practically stalking the indies, desperate to throw money at them. Indies are certainly the darlings at the moment, getting plenty of love from gamers and publishers alike. However, Molyneux has seen this before – he likened it to the 80s when there were no formulas, when anyone could create a hugely successful game.

It certainly is a good time to be an indie, and Molyneux knows it. He sees his move towards independence as well timed and is very happy that he left Microsoft:

Personally, if I was still working at Microsoft I would be self-harming. It would be a horrible experience. I now feel like I’m back in an industry that’s truly fascinating and marvellous, and I can say crazy things like, ‘let’s create a game that connects 70 million people together!’

We used to have these very defined ways to create a game, which resulted in Halo, Call of Duty and all of that stuff, but now we’ve thrown all of that away. The games that we’re celebrating now are stuff like Papers, Please – which is brilliant.

Wow, it’s amazing how vitriolic former Microsoft employees can get when talking about the corporation. Still, it is wonderful to see games like Papers, Please getting the celebration and accolades, right alongside AAA titles. Molyneux may be right, though – I’m not sure that this trend will last for very long, and indies had better take advantage of the attention (and financing) while they can.

Last Updated: March 26, 2014

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