Okay, so quick show of hands: who here thinks that the gaming industry has improved recently?
I know it may seem otherwise with every other post I write, but I’m glad to argue that there’s been progress. Indie titles are doing the lord’s work, as usual. Some of the biggest releases of the last year or two have tried to push the envelope in various ways. There’s innovation to be truly excited about; would you ever have guessed that Nintendo, of all companies, would release an online multiplayer shooter and instantly have it become a success?
Yes, things are better than they were. But of course, they could be even better. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done on multiple fronts, with the treatment (or even usage) of female characters well among them. We want a better future, and people are trying to get there however they can. That’s true even if some days it seems like “progress” is made while seemingly wearing a suit of armor during a triathlon.
But in order to see where we’re going, we have to know where we’ve been. So it’s time to do something I’ve never, ever done before…except for the last time I did it.