I’ll say one thing about Medal of Honour: Warfighter, it’s pretty damn authentic. It may be a run of the mill shooter that Jim Lenoir thinks deserved some harsh and unfair criticism, but when it comes to painting the world in drab greys and browns, it does so with enough accuracy to actually double as a documentary. That’s thanks to the input the game received from real life military operatives. Except the soldiers who helped out on a certain mission that has zero darkness in thirty places, are kinda in trouble now.
For the last four years, Sony’s failed to make a profit. Sony’s new CEO Kazuo Hirai - formerly the company’s PlayStation Boss - wants to change that, and in order to make the company profitable again will be heavily restructuring the Japanese mega-corporation.
Good news for Sony, but terrible news for its employees - 10 000 of which are expected to be handed pink slips within the next year.
Things aren’t looking especially good for the video game industry. THQ, one of the industry’s major publishers and developers is on the rocks - cutting jobs and devaluing by the second. If they do crumble, they wouldn’t be alone; the depressing list of developers who’ve shuttered their doors this generation is staggering.
Industry Giant Sony has reported its fourth consecutive year in the red, and even Nintendo - who spent the beginning of this generation pretty much printing money - saw huge losses for the 9 month period ending Dec 31 last year; $621.6 million to be precise - almost as much as they made the year before when the Wii was still heavily in demand.
Microsoft’s still got huge cash reserves, but its gaming division is so singularly focused on Kinect - which is successful now, but without good games is a bubble that’s likely to burst. And then there’s Apple, who’s cheapened gaming by over-encouraging supply - and helped flood the market with largely terrible 99c games. Are we headed for 1983 all over again?
Is the video game industry in trouble? And if it is, how can it get better?