The top ten best-selling games of 2012 were all sequels

Sigh. That’s even worse than 2012 in creativity-starved Hollywood; two of the top ten grossing movies this year were originals (Brave and Hunger Games) and not sequels/prequels/reboots, etc. Even as critics and bloggers name small and independent games their top games of 2012, it’s important to keep in mind that massive sequels are what keep publishers in the black. 2013’s best hope for an original game to crack the top ten? Probably The Last of Us.

Whether or not you liked Heavy Rain, the timing of David Cage’s interview yesterday with the Official PlayStation Magazine couldn’t have been better. He told them:

“Sequels kill creativity and innovation…many people want the same and if that’s what you offer them, they will gladly buy it”.

It’s not a flattering view of the consumer, but based on what we’re buying, it may be the correct one.