Doomed I tell you! Ok, so not me as much as Dennis Dyack, he of Silicon Knights (Too Human). Dyack says that the bubble is going to pop soon on this whole “social game” thing when he spoke to Industry Gamers saying:
“It is damaging traditional gaming for sure but… how it’s going to work out is anyone’s guess. The trend that I see is it’s probably going to be one of the biggest bubbles and explosions that our industry’s seen in a long time and I think when it crashes it’s going to crash very hard. I don’t think there’s an economy there.”
“I don’t know about Zynga (the company now valued at 10 billion dollars — yes billion with a b) – I think that’s a big micro, but I think that the amount of venture that’s being poured in, in general, that’s most of the video game industry investment. As far as I know right now, it’s going into pure social gaming. It looks like marketing to me. It doesn’t look like real gaming. And maybe it’ll change, I don’t know. It looks very, very dangerous. I think Zynga’s valuated more than some traditional publishers right now that have been in the industry for decades. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see it. It seems imaginary to me… it doesn’t look long term healthy to me.”
“I think there are a lot of publishers out there that don’t agree with it and they just haven’t spoken about it. I don’t see Nintendo going into that space, as an example. There are a lot of publishers that I don’t see going into that space. And, you know, EA is one of the few that’s [embraced social].”
So let’s see if we have our scorecard handy….CliffyB says middle of the road games are doomed, Dyack has called a halt to Facebook games, the Angry Birds dude says his games are the future of life on earth, Epic games fears those birds a great deal, Nintendo says those same birds are basically full of digital poo.
Chris Taylor of Gas Powered Games says he’s never buying another $50 game again because Freemium games like Age of Empires Online are the future telling Eurogamer, “I’m so done with that.”
Remind me – what games are we allowed to play again?
Thanks to Game Politics for the tip.