Your hopes for the year ahead?
Just wondering what everyone is hoping for in the gaming industry for the year ahead? Not talking about what specific games you are looking forward to most, but what events you hope to see?
Couple of mine are that Sim City is actually a success:
And another big hope of mine stems from the #1ReasonWhy event from last year, and that is to see a much greater level of equality between the genders both in games themselves and in games development:
EA are bringing their classic city management sim out of the archives with the release of the new SimCitytitle in March. I greatly enjoyed my limited hands-on time with it back at last yearís Eurogamer Expo and saw a lot of potential to fill our days with city management woes and fears of horrific meteor strikes destroying everything. I just hope that it remains true to the series and doesnít turn into another game likeCities XL which overreached and fell apart. The connected cities idea in SimCity sounds promising, but the requirement to be constantly connected to the EA servers, even for singleplayer concerns me. I donít want to see a repeat of Cities XL; I want SimCity to be a wonderful PC title not dragged down by awkward DRM. Iím just hoping that things turn out for the best with it.
My most genuine hope lies within gender equality. I, like many, am tired of female characters in games following the same old pattern of simply being there as eye candy. I want to see an increase in strong female lead characters this year, but I see things only really changing if sports games can get on board. After the amazing year of sport in 2012, it is impossible to ignore the achievements made by women, yet sports games largely ignore or push women to the background. This was most evident for me in the London 2012 videogame where there wasnít an equal balance between male and female sports. Further, I wonder how difficult it would be womenís teams and league to be included in FIFA or Football Manager.
I also hope to see an increase in gender equality in game development; this was brought to light with the #1ReasonWhy Twitter discussion last year. If more female developers are given the opportunity to influence the direction games take during production, maybe we will see an improvement to in-game equality as well.
Quotes are from my article on this topic on The Reticule.