Sessler's Soapbox: Creativity vs. Big Business

Posted: February 23, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Creativity vs. Big Business
Adam comes back from Veges to explain why DICE is his favorite games convention and his thoughts on creativity losing out to big business.

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  • friendofbud666

    Welcome to the wonderful world of management, kiddos. Their will always be investors, upper management, and everyone else. To bad 90% of the salaries go to the first 2 listed.

    Posted: March 1, 2010 10:38 PM
  • enissor

    i would say its getting easer look at the crazy mods coming out based on existing titles and then indie games coming out on the UDK

    Posted: March 1, 2010 6:05 PM
  • idea_machine

    Short answer: Yes.
    Long answer: Yes, Check out all the sequels.

    P.S. Go Twisted Pixel Go!

    Posted: February 28, 2010 9:54 PM
  • kedub57

    The thing is what is wrong with these games that push the creative envelope are often so glaring it is shocking that no one on the development team catch them. It seems that while they test the games for bugs, they fail to ask the more basic questions of whether something is fun to play.

    Posted: February 28, 2010 4:34 PM
  • IrishSpy

    The reason I watch these soapboxes is bcase I truely enjoy listening to another intelligent opinion about gaming and what influences gaming. With that being said, I usually agree with Adam's opinion. The game industry should be mre influenced by those who play games. Im not saying that it is completely run by gamers but i believe that this industry, like other forms of entertainment need to keep their priorities in check. Any form of entertainment mst make money, but it has to due so by pleasing the consumers!

    Posted: February 28, 2010 3:08 PM
  • JMason1984

    This was actually discussed in one of the Panel's hosted by Adam Sessler on casual gaming. Look creativity inspires new modes of gameplay such as cover system or parkour for fps games. I understand that gaming is a business but we also need inovation to move gaming forward rather than rehashing and updating traditional gaming mechanics. Don't get me wrong this is needed to refine what was created from before but the need for the new and explored cannot be swept aside for established, money making formulaic games. A system needs to be made where there is a means to allow creative ideas to flourish while big corporations release games and make a profit. I believe it's partially through independent developers releasing titles on XBL or PSN that promotes innovative gameplay. Perhaps leading developers should create think tanks which minor games can be released over these networks to experiment and determine if a new form of gameplay is a success and can be added to certain genres pushing what gameplay is and how interactive an gamer can manipulate his digital environment.

    Posted: February 28, 2010 1:29 PM
  • whoisthe

    WTF? Why don't we use are creativity, to get some differant show's on G4?!
    "Let's watch cops for 8 f'n hour's. NAh, let's just change the channel."

    I've been watching this company since ZDTV. This Channel use to be good. I'm not saying
    ZDTV was all rice cakes. But, they at least showed other programs. And the content was new
    and fresh every day!

    What happend? Is pot legal now? Get you're heads out of your insides, and get back to
    entertainment, information, and technology. I will drive to frisco to kick some ass.

    Posted: February 28, 2010 10:35 AM
  • ArrenKae

    Is Adam Sessler in the IGDA?

    Businesses must create to survive. The sales of products generally function as a bell curve. That's why obsolescence is planned (there's a yearly Madden and Mercedes model). With an updated version of a previous product you can more easily estimate your returns than with an experimental product. The best balance is probably to increase works which're surer bets until the net revenue is enough to cover works that aren't profitable without the company posting a loss. Then the company can keep trying new things that don't work in the hopes of blazing a path to paradise.

    I do believe attractive women play games, read comics, and are into other geeky activities but whenever I see 'em online (like the fresh ink ad) there's always a hesitance. I think: what're the odds? Then I figure, well, with how many women there are, the % of them that're attractive, the overlap of hotties with those exposed to videogames/comics who get interested pretty good. The closest I've come to meeting girls like that in real life are ones that like sci-fi movies. At first ya doubt them and're wonder, "does she really want to see a romcom? Is she lying to try to please me?" but then you realize it's real and glory in it! A chick who's hot and shares interests! You don't have to BS w/each other and feign interest in boring topics....ah.

    Posted: February 27, 2010 10:03 PM
  • Lanmo

    I check some of the Dice videos out. They're pretty interesting, I'm glad G4 covers them.

    Posted: February 27, 2010 2:01 AM
  • drangel_jam

    Way to be humble Adam. It's because of passionate people like you that games earn a bigger place in the pop culture, so instead of parasitic I would call it symbiotic relationship.

    Posted: February 26, 2010 8:50 AM
  • killerwaffles93

    Adam great soapbox because to tell you the truth I am nervous about showing my creativity because of the fact that I care what people think you inspired me to try and work past that because I love video games and I think the creativity is why I like them so much and if I want to do something to keep these games from being as good as they are I must use my creativity.

    Posted: February 26, 2010 8:45 AM
  • DarkNessBearX

    WOW, please never let that person playing Uncharted 2 never play a game again.

    Posted: February 25, 2010 10:23 PM
  • xplayalltheway1976

    Im so sad lol. Adam the best now that i figured out Morgan is married........... for 4 years now what a heart break lol :) Guess ill go rot in a corner

    Posted: February 25, 2010 3:18 PM
  • suryu

    lol dice he knows no one is watching but didn't it just came out?? but i don't really know what dice is but ill look for it and check it out

    Posted: February 25, 2010 12:16 AM
  • goatjvtj215

    I love you adam, you make me feel like its ok to love video games unlike everyone else i know that says that video games are a waste of my time

    Posted: February 24, 2010 9:51 PM
  • storyboarday

    I am a creative at a big old advertising agency and i can honestly say being in a public company vs a private company makes a big difference. I am super glad you talked about this subject because it is slowly eating away at all creative industry. Public company mean's the client pretty much run things where in a private company creative is more in-charge. Anywho really enjoyed the video.

    Posted: February 24, 2010 4:48 PM
  • JimMD102

    There are too many DICE videos. I only saw a couple so that I wouldn't feel bad for writing a comment. They felt boring at first, but they gave me a lot of insight into the production of games and made me appreciate even more the effort that goes into games just to make them average, let alone great or groundbreaking. It's amazing. I'm always amazed even more.

    Posted: February 24, 2010 4:20 PM
  • alphabet1

    You're right, I really should check out more of thse DICE videos. They remind me of TED talks.

    http://gamerbabel.blogspot.c om

    Posted: February 24, 2010 2:51 PM
  • Zach Brannigan

    Sess, you have got to be one of the smartest people around. Keep up the awesome work!


    Posted: February 24, 2010 1:40 PM
  • MasterFast

    Whenever I watch one of these I have to do it twice: once to watch the video games in the background and once to actually listen to Sess.

    Posted: February 24, 2010 12:41 PM