Since February, 2017, the themes of my column here on MeltedJoystick have been perhaps a bit more doom-and-gloom than usual. I have had a very difficult time coming up with anything in games industry news and opinion that I can think positively about. Whether it’s gamers hating on each other to the point of Civil War, predatory The-House-Always-Wins tactics becoming increasingly common in the non-gambling space of videogames, Steam getting overwhelmed by garbage titles, Nintendo following the herd and adopting maligned concepts such as Season Passes and subscriptions, or Free2Play games obsessively advertising each other with no visible source of incoming revenue.
Colin Moriarty, one of the four kindred spirits who runs the Kinda Funny Games YouTube channel has an explanation:
Every single one of these negative threads in contemporary Games Industry leads back to the same tangled knot. If we tug on these threads, will the knot unravel? Or will it simply tighten to the point where it can never be undone?