Sunday, April 25, 2010

a game investor

When I was young I wished I could be a videogame developer to create my own games. Those childish dreams soon faded with the coming of age, but now I realize that perhaps I should have wished for something different: to be an investor in the gaming industry. These days investors seem to have as power in actual gamemaking as the developer themselves . Possibly even more – just how often do we hear "this and that were changed/simplified/bastardized to make the game more appealing to the masses" That’s investor interference if I ever saw one. And it’s not strange at all: it might actually be the natural course, given how videogames have become such a major moneymaking industry.

Take Hideo Kojima. He might be married, but in my mind he’s as gay as a glittery butterfly. No straight man would provide us with so much gay fanservice – Vamp, Volgin, Snake’s incredibly well rendered butt, cloned Snakes doing naughty stuff inside a cardboard box, scenes of Snake masturbating... etc. But even being the renowned mastermind behind the Metal Gear Solid series, I don’t think he could go all the way on the gayness factor without it being vetoed by the big people behind the screens. Were I the one financing Metal Gear Solid XYZ, heavy homosexual undertones in MGS would be welcomed with arms wide open (for instance, cleavage needs not be restricted to EVA – Snake manboobs FTW).

If I wanted to take part in gamemaking, I don’t think I would study programming or art. I would major in business administration and fund games. Then I would definitely be able to finance gay developers and allow plenty of gay-friendliness in the gaming industry.

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