Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 13:07:
Will we reach a point soon where the already risk-averse publishers just don't greenlight anything that isn't E-For-Everyone for fear of defacto censorship via manufactured outrage?
Has that happened in music, movies or books?
Not really. Very different dynamics in those industries make them far more resistant to that kind of controversy. Due to the fact that their profit margins are (typically) much much larger than games, they can afford to take a few risks and take a few hits due to controversy.
Music and books especially. It doesn't take 25 million dollars to write a book, or produce the average album.
Game publishers? Hugely risk averse because the margins are so thin and budgets so high. It makes them incredibly skittish. This makes them very vulnerable in a way. The gaming audience also seems more plugged in to social media, where this controversy stirs up.
I just don't see the same outrage flying around about movies, books, and music in social media. Nobody cares about sexism or violence in rap anymore. But games? You're doomed!
That's why I worry. Gaming is relatively new, and has shown itself to be very vulnerable to social media outrage. Game developers and publishers are almost addicted to somehow trying to defend themselves instead of just taking the approach where you just make what you want to make because you think other people might like it too.