The industry has been relying on innovation from the indie scene for some time now, and that shift has just been getting heavier and steeper as time goes on. Kickstarter is great, and I don't hesitate to say that the vast majority of new, innovative, fun games are going to come from Kickstarter. Grim Dawn and Path of Exile, and Malevolence, the Infinite RPG are good examples.
I'm not really sure what point I'm trying to make, only that I'm recognizing this pattern now with utter indifference. This subject used to get my blood boiling the way politics enrages other people. Fact is, I've stopped playing video games seriously for months now, and I don't miss it. Starcraft 2 was the last game I played obsessively. I'm not even current on the scene, who's on top, who's streaking, who's sucking, etc. That's not necessarily an invitation to catch me up (though you're welcome to if you want), but more of an example of how far out of the video game loop I am.
Lately, I've been getting on Youtube and Google with the intention of searching for something, but I don't know what it is. I know it's a video game. But the game itself doesn't exist. I can't even tell you the specifics of what I'm looking for, or what the game consists of. A random post on the Escapist forums really opened up my eyes to the subject: "I think a lot of people are looking for the ultimate entertainment, something that will keep them occupied forever." The post goes on to say that it doesn't exist, but you get my point. The fact that I'd just finished reading Infinite Jest weeks before made the post stick out to me like a sore thumb. I'm trying to find the ultimate game, the ultimate escape valve, the proverbial eject-seat in Bond's Aston Martin. More and more often I'm finding this search exhausting--not mentally but something else; exhausting spiritually.
No major release excites me anymore. Even Halo 4, which my friends were excited about, was meh on my excitement scale. I played through it with a shade of my former voracity, and it quickly grew thin. Someone close to me recently said that I'd been using video games to escape since I was a kid, and I should take my sudden disinterest as a sign that I just don't need them anymore. Maybe that's true. But what about these errant, absent-minded Google quests for the ultimate game? Is that a sign from my subconscious that there's a part of me that still needs the escape hatch? I should note that I only catch myself doing this when I'm stressed.
Anyways, this has gone way off track from my original intentions, but hopefully the point is made.