flOw, Flower Creator: "It's The Renaissance Of Video Games"
If you haven't yet had the pleasure of experiencing Flower, you're missing out, but if you have played it, you probably got the distinct sensation that we may be poised on the brink of a gaming Renaissance of sorts...or maybe we're already in one.
According to a recent interview with MTV Multiplayer, co-founder and creative director of thatgamecompany, Jenova Chen, believes we are indeed part of a brilliant new age in the video game industry. Said Chen- "I think right now in the future, when people look back, I think it's the renaissance of video games." She also talked about how downloadable options in this new generation have given developers a chance to shine. And if you've taken the chance to download certain gems from the PSN and XBLA, you would probably agree. Ms. Chen also added this, in a response to PSX Extreme's review of Flower: "[The] game industry is changing, not just the developers but critics like you and many others. It's a wonderful feeling to live in this era." We certainly do live in an interesting time, and although we can't downplay the revolutionary leaps in the past (2D to 3D is a big one, for instance), we should definitely look around now. What we have is more diversity than ever before, and we should be grateful for that.
Artistry and creativity are cornerstones of most any entertainment industry, and if designers are willing to push the limits of both, the consumer is definitely going to benefit. Plain and simple.
Related Game(s): Flower
2/19/2009 Ben Dutka