Here’s a funny article predicting the death of the video game industry. The author makes some telling points – the technology used for games on computers and consoles has reached a plateau, the original gamers are aging and about to bail out of gaming altogether, and games are increasingly likely to be copies of games from previous years.

I’m one of the “original gamers” described in the article, and my game-playing days are winding to an end. Much as I’d like to think the article is exaggerated, I sense a lot of truth in what it says.

Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 promise to be exciting games this year – although the numbers in the titles tell you a lot about originality. But LucasArts dealt a crushing blow to my spirit a few days ago when it cancelled plans for an adventure game sequel to beloved favorite Sam & Max.

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