Today's games industry is plagued by many pitfalls and problems, including the global economy, shifting trends and Japan's apparent atrophy. However, when asked by MTV Multiplayer, Mafia II's executive producer Denby Grace has a definitive theory about the biggest current problem with gaming.
"It's a very good question and maybe a little general for a concise answer. An obsession with gay space marines."
So there, apparently. There's no doubt that burly power-armoured soldiers play a major role in many games... but I'm afraid that this trend won't change until we stop buying them. Plus, considering the quality of the Halo, Killzone and Gears of War franchises, I'm not sure it's necessarily a bad thing.
When asked about where he sees gaming going in the next five years, Denby replied:
Bigger, shinier... and hopefully more innovative with better and better writers and narrative in our medium.
Denby Grace went on to make a number of other interesting points in the interview... but it's a little odd to see Mafia II's senior producer blaming other games for being derivative. It's not as if the industry is obsessed with open-world sandbox crime games, after all... [thanks, MTV Multiplayer Blog]
Immigration was one of the key issues of this year's general election, and our current coalition government plans to limit the number of non EU workers that are allowed into the country per year. Since Dealspwn is a games blog, this would usually be out of my juristiction... but British trade association TIGA now claims that this measure will actually hurt our homegrown developers in the long run.
"Our research shows that 39 per cent of developers suffered from skill shortages in 2009,"
"If skilled personnel are not available in the UK then games businesses must be free to recruit them from elsewhere. These arbitrary limits could prevent development studios from completing projects on time, stymie expansion plans and limit the ability of studios to win new contracts."
"This would simply damage the ability of studios to complete their projects on time and impair the quality of game development." - TIGA boss Dr Richard Wilson
TIGA also believes that the proposed immigration cap will force potential investors to pour their money into competing nations. Combined with the Coalition Government's decision to scrap the UK gaming tax breaks, our current leadership isn't exactly making things easier for our gaming industry in these harsh financial climes. [Gamesindustry]
What could the government be doing to make things easy for our British developers. Does our games industry deserve special treatment? Have your say in the comments!
Most of us expected From Software to announce a direct sequel to surprise PS3 sleeper hit Demon's Souls at this year's Tokyo Game Show... but instead, they've revealed that their current upcoming IP is entitled Project Dark. Don't despair just yet, though, because we have a trailer for your eager delectation. Have a look and see if any of it seems familiar (courtesy of Gamespot).
Everything from the art style from the perspective is jarringly reminiscent of Demon's Souls... and it's therefore likely that Project Dark is just a working title. It's referred to as a "project", after all. Regardless of the name, From Software's newest action RPG is headed both to the PS3 and Xbox 360 next year. We'll keep you posted. [via Kotaku]