Thinking outside the console: A new generation of video game developers fight for independence
Bryan Gardiner, University of Southern California, United States
University of Southern California . Awarded
As the video game industry continues to grow and consolidate its power, creative game development seems to be less and less of a concern for many of the world's largest game publishers. Much like Hollywood, the gaming landscape of today is littered with sequels and franchises.
But flying in the face of the industry's increasingly conservative business practices, a handful of new video game programs, like the University of Southern California's Interactive Media program, are trying to reverse this trend and instill a sense of creativity and playful experimentation back into this popular medium.
In addition to looking at corporate structure of the gaming industry, the author examines the ideology of this new generation of game developers, what they can expect when they enter the field, and some possible avenues for a more independent and creative video game future.
Gardiner, B. Thinking outside the console: A new generation of video game developers fight for independence. Master's thesis, University of Southern California.
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