In an attempt to provoke game developers out of their comfy, crappy MMO-making, goofy-flash-game-cloning, same-damn-game-making caves, Gundam creator (and upcoming NYAF guest) Yoshiyuki Tomino offered a speech at CEDEC, the CESA Developers Conference (the CESA being the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association) in which he proclaimed that video games, as they are now, are evil.
"I think that video games are evil. [Gaming] is not a type of activity that provides any support to our daily lives, and all these consoles are just consuming electricity!...You have to find the median — that games are not evil, perhaps not necessarily good either, but something that can be considered a pastime. What would make people enjoy a game? How do you make them feel like it is not just a waste of time?"
I'm all for trying to shake the video game industry so it doesn't become as self-indulgent and lazy as the movie industry often is...but this sounds a little off to me-- obviously enough people enjoy games that, you know, it's about an 18 billion dollar industry ($17.9 in '07).
What do you guys think?