Japanese gamers discussing what they consider to be the worst tragedy to have befallen the gaming industry agree on an number of unfortunate events it seems.
“The gaming industry has been around for decades now.
What’s the worst thing to happen to it in that time?
Excluding death, accidents and so on.”
“Sega’s withdrawal from the hardware business.”
“That Final Fantasy XIII was crap.”
“The demise of the Dreamcast.”
“The merger of Square and Enix.”
“Sega and NEC’s withdrawal from hardware.”
“The loss of free company networks for gaming.”
“There’s only really the Atari Shock, surely?”
“That the DS and Wii became popular…”
“When Sony entered the gaming business.”
“When Sony killed Sega and then Sega started meekly making games for Sony game consoles like nothing had happened.”
“When the PS3 flopped – everything started going wrong for Sony then.”
“When they got full of themselves and started releasing trash like the 3DS.”
“Obviously the moment the Wii became a big hit.”
“When Square Enix decided to betray the PlayStation; the price of the PS3 at launch.”
“The Virtual Boy.”
“When development costs suddenly increased and game releases slowed.”
“When this barren console war started.”
“The PlayStation Network is currently building its own tragedy…”
Strangely, “the advent of DLC” seems to have escaped any opprobrium.