‘I Don’t Feel Like Consoles Are The Center of the Gaming Industry Anymore’ – Outlast Developer

The co-founder of Red Barrels talks about democratization of the gaming market.

Posted By | On 11th, Jul. 2013 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

In a yet to be published interview with GamingBolt, Red Barrels’ co-founder Philippe Morin has shared his thoughts on next generation consoles, and the influence they will have on both indie games and AAA titles going forward.

He believes that due to democratization of the gaming industry and the rise of mobile gaming have made sure that consoles are no longer the center of the gaming industry.

“What we’ve seen in recent years is a democratization of the market.  There is a wider variety of games.  A mobile game can be as successful as a big blockbuster.  The movie industry has been like this for a long time, think about The Blair Witch Project, but new platforms and the rise of the downloadable games has transformed the industry.

I don’t feel like consoles are the center of the gaming industry anymore.  They don’t have has much influence as they used to.  Certainly more powerful hardware will help make spectacular games and online stores will help indie games reach the console market, but I doubt the next generation of consoles will create a revolution.  And it’s not necessarily a problem.  Books have been around for a long time and people are still writing them and reading them,” he said.

He also believes that the current trends in video games will continue to exist but new gaming experiences will be created in the way.

“New gaming experiences will come, but it won’t necessarily result in the death of old and/or current games.  The same way some people still have a blast playing Pac-Man.  That’s why we simply focus on what we like to play and don’t pay to much attention to trends and fashion,” he added.

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  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Wish consoles and PC were still the major center of gaming, now everyone plays abominable mobile games on phones and tablets that really pale in comparison-a la Angry Birds (cough). Seriously, those games have no fundamental value whatsoever with people only buying them cuz their cheap to play and they don’t require a lot of attention to them, it’s just stupid. Ever since the industry started putting a bigger focus on mobile, the industry has had major declines ever since and continue to use consoles as the scapegoat for the game industry’s decline. Worse games are being made because people who don’t know true value are being hired to make those games. It’s about time hardcore gamers started making games again, and on consoles/PC. Mobile games can take a joy ride to hell for all I care. As far as I know, I’m NEVER developing mobile games and developing like a true gamer would: on consoles and PC. Feel free to disagree: Everyone knows I’m right and just like Phillipe Morin, I wanna c consoles take center stage again so that games can go back to being just that: games.

    • Ocelotty1

      Disturbingly enough, and I hate to admit it, but they did a bang up job of porting Knights of the Old Republic (a decade old game) to the iPad. Even the controls work amazingly well. It will never replace my PC though 🙂

  • keysy

    yeah ok…
    I just seen a demo that blew my mind and it used mobile apps with the console. revolutonary cant wait to get a dev kit.


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