Why I Think Cozy Games Will Be the Next Big Thing – Extra Punctuation

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This week on Extra Punctuation, Yahtzee provides an answer to the question of what he thinks the next “big thing” in video games is — cozy games.

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In an industry as competitive as big money games, the search is always on for the next big thing. And I feel like we’re primed for a next big thing right about now. I’m prepared to say the Dark Souls era is winding down. I, for one, am certainly bored of that kind of thing. I tried Thymesia last week and it mainly just made me depressed. I’m ready for the industry to latch onto a new electrifying sea change in popular game design, now all we need is for one to come along.

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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.