Cliff Bleszinski is in semi-retirement, taking a break from the games industry, but that doesn't mean he's taken a break from talking about the video games industry. On the contrary, he's been more vocal than ever. In this intriguing interview with Game Industry International, Bleszinski discussed the current state of gaming, claiming that the games industry "has not been in a state of transition like it is right now since the video game crash of the '80s".
"I really think we're in a massive state of turmoil," he explained. "I think Nintendo could possibly be faced with the situation of becoming a company that only makes software moving forward. I think Sony and Microsoft are about to come to major blows. But at the same time, people love playing games on their iPad. The PC is going through a wonderful renaissance right now. I think we're ready to do digital download games all the time...I just want to see what happens. In regards to the industry, it's like the Super Smash Bros. of business right now, and I want to see if Peach or Mario wins."
To be perfectly honest, I find it difficult to imagine a Nintendo that only makes software, but Bleszinski does have a point — gaming is in transition and according to Cliff consoles need to adapt, become more flexible, or risk extinction.
"If Microsoft and Sony are to do well in this next generation," he continued, "they are going to need to reduce that time as much as possible, as well as continue to enable user-supported mods, independent games, and really just get rid of the wall that makes it incredibly hard to find those products, even if they're allowed on the console... All that red tape needs to be stripped away in order to create an ecosystem to allow for a product like Minecraft to actually happen on a console."
For the full interview head to Games Industry International.
Industry turmoil worst since '80s crash, says Bleszinski [Games Industry International]