Bleszinski: The Industry Is In ‘Turmoil’


Cliff Bliszinski told GamesIndustry International today that the game industry is in a state of turmoil that has not been matched since the 1980s crash. And that’s not all, as he had quite a bit to say about the current state of the industry. “This business 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,” Bleszinski said.

After leaving Epic Games in October, it seems as though Cliff Bleszinski has done nothing but talk. He also said that he believes Nintendo may be exiting the hardware business. Although unlikely, he may not be far off, considering Nintendo only sold 57,000 Wii U units in the US in January. “I think Nintendo could possibly be faced with the situation of becoming a company that only makes software moving forward,” he said. “I think Sony and Microsoft are about to come to major blows. But at the same time, people love playing games on their iPad.”

Although harsh on console gaming, Bleszinski did have some good comments about PC gaming. He went on to say that the industry is like the “Super Smash Bros. of business.” “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.”

I love Cliffy B and the games that he makes, but with this and the public self-invitation to Capcom to help fix Resident Evil, it seems that he is doing more talking than creating at the moment. I am not implying that he does not deserve a break for having made games for almost his entire life, but if you are going to talk bad about the industry you work in, then maybe you should try and do something about it. In his defense, however, I do not see him or anyone else fixing the problem that Nintendo has created for themselves.

Bliszinski is not done talking either. He will be giving keynote addresses at PAX East 2013 in March and the East Coast Game Conference in April.

 Info Courtesy of GameSpot and GamesIndustry International