The closing months of a year have always been notorious for blockbuster titles and more recently, party games for that awkward family get together. A continuing feed of games isn’t necessarily exclusive to the winter period though it is the time when such an abundance of them fill store shelves hoping to be picked up. It should be a wonderful thing but how many times have you complained to a friend about there being far too many games to keep up with? Don’t worry, Ray Muzyka of BioWare fame agrees. In an interview with Develop, Muzyka and partner Greg Zeschuck were asked a number of things, one being their biggest disappointment with the video game industry: “There’s too many games released today,” Muzyka said. “It’s interesting, because it’s very, very busy, it makes it very hard as a player to keep up. The releases clump up – even though that is changing a little bit.”
A change is definitely happening with more and more publishers choosing to spread releases throughout the year although there’s always the danger of bottle-necking another month or season with games. Take this Spring for example. Red Dead Redemption was the winner of that season and subsequently hurt the sales of Alan Wake, Blur, Split/Second and ModNation Racers (the last three creating their own unique problems by sharing a genre). But if you think we’ve got it tough to find time to dabble in all the games we want, try being a developer: “For us, we have to play our games, play competitor’s games, play other relevant games, and play the handful of games we just really want to play more of and finish. I try and play two-or three hours a night, but that’s hard and it’s not enough.” I’m not sure of a solution either because having too few games would be worse than too many. I’d rather be selective with those I choose to play and not struggle to find something to occupy my gaming time.
Ironically, Muzyka’s very next answer gave a positive spin to having an over-crowded market. Develop asked the BioWare chiefs: “What do you enjoy about the industry?” and Muzyka replied, “All the great games.” Zeschuck added, “And it’s the people. There’s all the great teams, and the quality across the board. There are so many good games to play, and so many people doing so many different things. There’s not really too much repetition; there’s just a lot of really good experiences. It’s amazing.”
The interview also reveals the Doctors’ favourite games and tries to find out what BioWare are currently working on. It’s a great and honest read, check it out here.