>>20465>But the current crop of games is one of the industries most dominated by capitalism. They pioneered microtransactions, lootboxes, season passes, "games as a service," etc.
Oh sure, that's undeniably true. But a lot like the modern anime/manga industry, the current profit-farming paradigm wouldn't have been possible without the early programmers you describe doing the groundwork to make it possible.
Not to mention those early programmers, but without the shareware/open source philosophy, you wouldn't have had the DOOM modding scene, and without it, the FPS genre would have been a shadow of itself, the map designers that got started on DOOM wouldn't have been there to work on Half Life, so there'd be no counterstrike, etc. Things would have been even more different if a fan hadn't shared the code for internet deathmatch, etc. Modern gaming couldn't exist without the sharing and open source ideals that made it possible. >>20466
Yeah, but surprise surprise, it sounds like his views change somewhat once he gets rich.