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I think Twitch & YouTube & other streaming platforms will have a more pronounced influence on video games in the short-term future

real muthaphuckkin jeez (crüt), Monday, 1 February 2021 20:21 (one year ago) link

xpost It would also encourage "events" and large-scale real-time interaction, a la, I dunno, what they apparently do or have done in "Fortnite" and other games like that? I've blown a couple of minds relaying that "Red Dead Redemption 2" was apparently the highest grossing weekend entertainment release of all time, but of course, the average person doesn't know that as well as they know what, say, the number one movie in the world is. But if RDR2 is the starting point - that is to say, a massive release nonetheless and counterintuitively not quite as well known as the rest of consumed pop culture (music, movies, etc.) - imagine the incentives for a studio developing and fostering a huge, even bigger constantly changing game community. Like a blockbuster movie that just keeps ... blockbusting. Not that the game play would necessarily be any better, but tif the quality stayed high, like several seasons of an esteemed TV series, the world of that gameplay could be more interesting and immersive than ever before, especially as more and more people (potentially) are drawn to it as a monocultural event (which, covid and quarantines aside, are few and far between these days). And again, maybe something this exists already?

Of course, knowing the world we live in it would inevitably become an ungovernable dystopian cesspool like everything else.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 1 February 2021 20:30 (one year ago) link

xp its definitely already had a huge impact on what sorts of multiplayer games publishers are funding the past few years

ciderpress, Monday, 1 February 2021 20:41 (one year ago) link

xps to DL: gamers are risk averse too, because games cost money, and typically a lot more than a movie ticket/album/modest concert ticket. It's possible that the economics of game pass and the like could help foster innovation as it becomes possible to cheaply sample lots of different experiences.

american primitive stylophone (zchyrs), Monday, 1 February 2021 20:57 (one year ago) link

I for sure would definitely try a lot more weird/niche games that way

american primitive stylophone (zchyrs), Monday, 1 February 2021 21:02 (one year ago) link

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