I don’t think anyone would disagree that last year was a hard year for gaming, both in terms of titles not reaching their assumed potential and various controversies surrounding the problematic portions of gaming culture. By no means am I already writing this year off, but on the more mainstream side, this year is already getting off to a rocky start with game developers being exposed (further) for their shitty practices and ridiculous DLC offerings like that of Evolve. Though I’m still looking forward to the no doubt good things this year has yet to bring (such as No Man’s Sky), I’m tired. I’m tired of people still thinking Gamergate is a legitimate soapbox to stand on; I’m tired of female developers being harassed out of the business; I’m tired of companies shilling out the same fucking game with a different skin and a different white scruffy dude with brown hair—as voiced by Troy Baker—protagonist. Luckily, I can still find hope in the indie scene.