We're not just going through a purple patch in gaming, but a Golden Age. That's the opinion of Warren Spector, creator of Deus Ex, Thief, System Shock and the upcoming platformer Disney Epic Mickey.
Speaking to VideoGamer.com at gamescom last month, Spector commented on the current state of the video games industry.
"I think we're in a great place," he said. "Actually, I think that this is kind of a Golden Age. I can make a Wii-exclusive game featuring Mickey Mouse. Someone else can make an all-original $100m MMO. I've got friends who are literally working alone on indie games that have no prospect of profit or commercial success. I've got guys working on iPhone games.
"There are so many ways to reach an audience now, and so many platforms. There's downloadable stuff, Facebook games. Anybody who can't find a way to fit into the game business, who wants to be in the game business now, or anybody who can think of a games style for which there is no market... I mean wow, you're way more creative than I am!"
He added: "The thing is - by the way, I'm not saying this - but even if you think every game on Facebook is no good, hey, the stuff on the Wii is great. And if you think the stuff on the Wii is bad, go to the Independent Game Festival and look at all the stuff that's happening there. And if you think all that's bad, go to the App Store and buy stuff there. It's insane. There's something for everyone, which means there's something for every developer to do that's meaningful for them, that will ignite their passion."
Spector's latest title, Disney Epic Mickey, is scheduled for release on Wii this November. Check out the full interview with Spector here.