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Insomniac Boss: Gaming Is A Reflection Of Society Today

There's no doubt that video games have changed over the years. They've changed drastically. But so has a lot of other things, and one long-time executive says the gaming industry is starting to reflect societal changes as well.

In speaking to VentureBeat, Insomniac CEO Ted Price was asked if he "looks at the industry with dismay right now." Price was adamant in his response, saying quite simply that our world has changed:

"The industry reflects society right now. Society is evolving extremely fast in terms of how it uses technology. Our industry is experiencing that change as well. We’ve been very lucky over the last almost two decades to have a stable, predictable industry. But now we’re in a different world. That change has come upon us and everyone else in the world in the last five years. So it’s not just us. It’s the internet. It’s sales. It’s traditional media. Everything and everybody is feeling the effects of this accelerated change in our world."

You may have caught the implication that the gaming industry isn't as "stable" or "predictable" as it was years ago, and that's probably true. In those days, things were much more straightforward as it was mostly a niche hobby and only the avid and ardent frequently partook. Now, it has become a mainstream industry that must cater to all types of people, and that's a very different scenario. I just hope gaming doesn't go and get all political...Hollywood has been preaching for a while now, and that's one of the biggest reasons I can't watch new movies. Really can't handle the thinly veiled lecturing. Societal and philosophical geniuses, they are not.

By the way, Insomniac's new title, the multiplayer-oriented third-person shooter Fuse, is slated to arrive in March.

Tags: video games, gaming, gaming culture, gamers

12/12/2012 11:30:20 AM Ben Dutka

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newchef
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 12:23:16 PM
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kinda off-topic...but i havent heard about Fuse yet, anyone have any info they could link me too?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 1:18:36 PM

http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-previews/570.html

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 12:31:48 PM
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Now while I will agree with him that the world is changing, things are far from being in "dismay"... not yet anyways.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 3:03:00 PM
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Yeah, art and other free speech always reflect reality. I just hope game devs don't fly headlong into the new stuff, pull a square enix, and completely throw away all the gaming basics.

Let's remember why we do this; not for the facebook connectivity, not for the trophy comparison accolades, not for the tweets, and not even for the internet rants.

So, what will Fuse reflect?

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Ludakriss
Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 5:34:09 AM

Holy shiiit!

I truthfully cannot believe my eyes! This, is by far, the best simplifying statement to reflect gaming I have ever seen!

I truly hope that it's obvious to you, I'm giving a compliment. If not...I need to revise English =(

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tes37
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 4:06:47 PM
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I don't see gaming as a reflection of how I am. If anything, it's more akin to their misconceptions of how I am.

I believe they would be more likely to manipulate rather than imitate society.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 4:42:09 PM

I think he means this on a deeper level, that information about society can be gleaned from the direction of gaming. Faster, dumber...

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tes37
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 4:58:58 PM

I fall into the overlooked part of society when it comes to gaming.

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Akuma07
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 4:56:27 PM
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Preaching in movies?

Come on Ben, movies are for entertainment, I think you read too much into it......

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jugheadjones
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 9:28:08 PM
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I think video games directly reflect the society we live in. I have three mechs, a tomb raider, some elfs and a few guys that work for the Intergalactic Security Counsel living in my neighborhood - and I live in a small town.

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___________
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 6:19:57 AM
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and what i would give to see it go back to the way it was!
its funny how he says it though, it does make him sound a bit resentful.

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Ludakriss
Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 5:37:47 AM

xDD Can you imagine some dev actually making games in spite...of games? xDD

That'd be a laugh, man.

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