Gamers and their love for games gaining the potential to influence the Gaming World?

With multiple big projects on Kickstarter and some recent information revealed about The Last Guardian, it is beginning to show that gamers and fans of series do have a voice.

At E3 2015 many gamers were surprised and elated that a trailer for The Last Guardian started off Sony’s press conference. It has been a long time coming, with little to no information on if Team Ico’s next project was still in production or even going to be a reality. However it seems that The Last Guardian is alive and well and coming to the PS4 in 2016.

Recently Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, was interviewed about the process of moving The Last Guardian project from the PS3 to the PS4. Despite all the technical difficulties and problems with development, Yoshida stated “having so many people asking us about the game was great encouragement for us to continue the development.” It seems that the desire and support of the fan base helped spur The Last Guardian into reality. Yoshida further confirmed this by saying that if people had stopped asking about the game, Sony probably would have cancelled the game.

These statements from Yoshida are one of many signs that various gaming companies have started to take the gaming communities’ opinions and interest into consideration. During Sony’s E3 Press Conference many people were ecstatic when the Kickstarter for the next installation in indie series Shenmue. This worldwide broadcast was enough to get Shenmue 3 funded in less than 24 hours.

During an interview with Bill Gardner, the creative director of The Deep Side Games, on his recently funded horror game Perception the topic of fan critique and feedback kept on popping up. Gardner made it very clear that the reason he used Kickstarter was to be able to listen to fans and backers of Perception, to see what they wanted and what they didn’t like. Gardner insisted multiple times that “bringing value and quality” to his fans was his top priority.

Perception video game gif.

With all these games, many of which seems very novel and fascinating, it seems that fan support and feedback is really becoming important. However it could also be said that these companies and games are very small and focus on indie games, that none of them are huge big shot corporations. How do you feel about this new trend? Do you think this is just the beginning of a new wave of appreciation for the gaming fanbase or just a small ephemeral blip in the gaming world?

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I'm a recent graduate from Kenyon College with an English Major, emphasis in Creative Writing, and a History Minor. I love video games passionately. I love most games, a little iffy on Sport Games. The first game I can remember playing was either Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64 or the first Harry Potter computer game. The first console/gaming device I can remember owning was a Gameboy Advance and I loved my Pokemon Silver game to death.

Published Jul. 3rd 2015

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