@macmurphy; I'm not sure it's wholly the people at the top, although they ultimately have the most to lose. Nintendo seems to keep fighting with it's chairspeople; complacent individuals who are tied to tradition and antiquated novelties at a time when the industry and the market is trying to run further than ever before. Microsoft is fighting investors and executives who all want to see the company return to a more profitable, enterprise-driven model far away from the games industry which they see no money in (and considering the financial situations of many, you can't exactly blame them). Sony... well, Sony's biggest issue has and continues to be misplaced optimism. "It'll be better next year!" Except, it never is, and until they accept there's a fundamental problem underlying everything within the organisation as a whole, they will continue to be clinging on from complete bankruptcy by their fingernails alone. Sony are enjoying the fruits of a successful marketing campaign; but how long before the "For The Gamers" thing rings hollow through sheer lack of quality content?|
And it's not even just the console manufacturers; EA, UbiSoft, Capcom... hell, even Bethesda is taking a monumentally expensive gamble and it's becoming evidently clear that companies are struggling to keep up now that the financial expenditure underlying each game has increased so dramatically. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft have that to contend with as well for their own studios.
I think a big part of it is that once you scale that high up the corporate ladder, your sense of perspective is skewed. I'm reminded of when James May tried to max the Bugatti Veyron, and he remarked that he thought the car had slowed down enough to open the door before realising that he was still doing 50 miles an hour! It seems the brain sometimes can't quite keep up with change; or simply misses such important details, which is where mistakes invariably happen - you should see them, but you don't.
I don't know if we could do better; it's always easy to see the mistakes from the outside looking in. Sony may be winning at the moment; but it's also seeing its studios shrink in size too, and one of it's major problems right now is that the SCE division isn't worth nearly as much as you'd think it was worth. Making studios smaller takes away value; and when you need to borrow money from it, and considering Sony's current level of financial risk, I'd say it was playing far from a safe game; more that it's so far managing to distract us (but then, I'm a suspicious person so it doesn't tend to work on me very well!).
Microsoft... well, if the Double Helix thing hasn't been the swift and decisive kick in the balls it needed, we can look forward to the next arrangement to go south with them. And Nintendo - Nintendo needs to stop thinking long-term. Sow the seeds, but don't keep neglecting the few good relationships you do have. Communication is the key, and this is where Nintendo ALWAYS fall down; monthly instalments don't work anymore. We don't live in a world with monthly games magazines anymore; we live in a 24/7 media environment. Provide the news; or the news will be provided for you... whether you like it or not.
Still, sometimes I would like to take on a project like turning Nintendo around. That said, I'd want complete access to every corner of the business and every single studio. I'd want to speak to people from every publisher and developer making Wii U games and sit them down for serious talks. I'd also tie up Reggie, Iwata AND Shigeru Miyamoto (sorry!) at E3 and take to the stage alone and just say, "Here's an hours worth of game reveals, enjoy!".
I'd drive them completely potty. But then, you can't change a company like Nintendo without deliberately driving a wheelchair over some toes. I think Nintendo do need someone who isn't afraid of them to really make the changes; someone who will stand up and go, "I understand what you're saying but here's the thing; you're wrong, you're so wrong it is un-be-fucking-leivable!"
That said, the same can be said for everyone. It's not the prettiest picture in the industry right now - and I worry this generation may suffer as a consequence of years of neglectful execs...
Edited by Kami at 05:20:39 27-02-2014
Master of Tekisuto No Kabe. *bows*
And you're reading this why?!