Quantcast
Enjoy the indie craze whilst it lasts, says Peter Molyneux - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Enjoy the indie craze whilst it lasts, says Peter Molyneux


4:30 PM on 03.26.2014
MolyneuxEnjoy the indie craze whilst it lasts, says Peter Molyneux photo



Peter Molyneux is at it again, this time saying that the recent indie game boom of the last few years isn't going to last. Sound the doom sirens! Speaking to CVG, Molyneux explained, "These things go in cycles, what I'd say is, enjoy this time, because it won't last." Whilst that seems like a dire warning, it seems good old Peter sees the current indie movement as part of an on going cycle in the industry, where AAA and indie games will jostle for superiority.

"Don't think we're going to be all indies for the next five years -- these things go in cycles, just like in the music business. You have a time where punk is big, and then you have times like now where everything is manufactured." Whilst comparison with the music industry seems apt, it's worth remembering that major companies still dominate the market.

Peter still thinks that it's a great time for indie games and I'd agree with that for sure. "We used to have these very defined ways to create a game, which resulted in Halo, Call of Duty and all of that stuff, but now we've thrown all of that away. The games that we're celebrating now are stuff like Papers, Please - which is brilliant."

In his book Rip It Up And Start Again, the critic Simon Reynolds said the "true sign that you're living in a golden age is the feeling it's never going to end." He wrote that in relation to the music industry but the sentiment is the same in the games industry right now, as the games I'm really keen to play are outside the traditional triple-A sector. I can understand Molyneux's point that as indies start to make more and more money and become bigger, that growth can stifle creativity.

As our exquisitely moustachioed Conrad Zimmerman (who edited that lovely header graphic) pointed out, both EA and Activision started out as small-scale, independent publishers before becoming the behemoths they are today. Could a publisher like Devolver Digital or Double Fine become as big in 10 to 15 years from now? Probably not but it'll be interesting to find out.

Molyneux: Enjoy the indie craze as it won't last [CVG]






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.






Indie

12:30 PM on 09.19.2014
Thomas Was Alone hopping on over to PlayStation 4

Thomas Was Alone is making the leap to PS4 later this year, Curve Studios announced this week. The PS4 version will feature cross-buy compatibility with the PS3 and Vita iterations, so veterans will be able to upgrade at...more



9:30 AM on 09.19.2014
Explaining 4th dimension mechanics in translation is probably hard

Tokyo Game Show held its annual Sense of Wonder Night, an awards show for unique sorts of games, typically indie. Ten games were up for the prestige of being the most wonderful (in the less casual sense of the word).  W...more



5:30 PM on 09.18.2014
Legend of Grimrock 2 gets a pre-order trailer and an October release date

The highly anticipated sequel to 2012's first-person dungeon crawler Legend of Grimrock is nearly upon us. Finnish indie development studio Almost Human has released a stunning new trailer for it that demonstrates some of th...more



View all Indie






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more