Yes, i know it's the logical culmination of what been bandied about by RPS commenters recently. Yes, the username could do with some work, and it's a goal rather then a statement, and to be honest, i like books. Regardless, it troubles me. This site and it's readership are very much for everything that's good in gaming, and avidly working against it's bad points. They help small companies gain deserved attention and business, and have helped to raise the game or at least... well, pointed it out when it's clonking construction workers on it's way down. Gaming is something that''s not going to die, and neither should it, and it can, has and will achieve great things.
I read this site marveling at an industry where when one of my friends says maybe he's grow out of games and i retort that he'll come back with the rest when VR hits, we can laugh and have more then a little uncertainty as to whether I'll end up being right. I look at the announcements of new and drool worthy games like the Witcher 3, whatever obsidian's doing by all accounts, and star citizen. I know that i likely wont buy them though, or only after extensive rationalization when there on a preposterously cheap sale. Billions are sunk into this industry, and on a site which discusses current events in gaming, apple's and others prohibitive outlook on such, closed markets and much else, i struggle to yes, justify the 40 quid i spent on Arkham City, or even to a lesser extent the ridiculously cheap bundles i snapped up. Do games, especially games as they are now, or even in their ideal form, need this much time and resources, irrespective of how much i want to venture into new worlds? Aren't their better ways of doing it, of sating our need for rest and relaxation and creativity without neglecting the rest?
I know that the market for bigger and better is not going anywhere soon. I know it's symptomatic of a much wider and pervasive way of doing things, which need to be addressed before a considerable impact can be made, but with the platform that games have, perhaps we could make a start.