Bad Games Are Better Than Bland Games – Extra Punctuation

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This week on Extra Punctuation, Yahtzee explains some issues of game discovery these days and then discusses why bad video games are better than bland video games.

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You know I complain a lot about how triple-A games all follow the same templates and are designed by committees and ask too much of developers and soak up all the attention and money and are overreliant on pushing the newest hardware and treat their audiences like dairy cows and suck and stymie innovation and suck and suck and suck so bloody hard, and every time I talk about it I get the same counter. “Ah, but what about indie games, Yahtz? The indie sphere teems with innovation because the barrier to entry for making and publishing games is so low these days. Yes, this does result in a constant deluge of indie games of extremely variable quality, especially on Steam, but the really good ones usually float to the top.”

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.