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#1 Posted : Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:25:41 PM(UTC)
Hello, everyone. I've come out of hiding to offer some thoughts.

If you're an older gamer, you might find yourself agreeing with some of the things I'm about to say.

The video game industry is at a crossroads as this decade draws to a close. Gone are the days of civility, respect for the players and companies giving the consumers what they really want. They've been replaced by disrespect, microtransactions, heavy-handed promotional tactics, brand supremacy, arrogance from the companies and apathy from the consumers.

Kids are dropping out of school just to play video games full-time and are getting paid ridiculous amounts of money to do so. Epic Games sold out to China, launched an overhyped multiplayer game and then created a marketplace that has done more to discredit PC gaming than it has to improve it. Gamestop has become a shell of its former self, continuously hampered by poor customer service and terrible decisions at the executive level. The rise of PewDiePie, Ninja and other high-profile personalities has turned video game livestreaming into a glorified popularity contest.

After everything that has happened to the video game industry, perhaps it's time for people like me to devote my attention (and money) to other things.

Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong anymore.

Edited by user Monday, April 6, 2020 8:53:27 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Edited for clarity.

“I gather strength from life’s storms.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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