If pixel art is the future, then kill me now. Many of these games look like digital vomit and there isn't a technology excuse. In the 80's it made sense, and the retro fad had some novelty when it was revived several years ago. To say it is the future is like forgetting the past few years that we've been plagued by the overwhelming over-saturated ubiquitous pixel art in every non AAA game, or so it would seem.
FDR and others have said 'history repeats itself', which tends to be true. In politics it tends to run in 50 year cycles or so. Lets please give pixel graphics a break for awhile and maybe bring it back when it is novel again. As is, it is just becoming annoying for this gamer.
Lets get back to the days of graphics innovation. I'm kind of curious why there isn't more interest in creating unique game engines with an emphasis on graphics. I know lots of developers don't know how to write that and piggyback on other engines, which is fine, but I have a hankering for that retro feeling of games and graphics getting better, rather than devolving into earlier eras of technology.
Maybe one of the countless new bundle copycat sites can try something novel and original instead of wholesale copying (yes, I'm sad that bundle in a box failed as it was indeed original). How about an indie game store site that only has games that show interest in moving things forward rather than backward? Maybe even a filter for 'custom engine'. Heck, you could call the site non-retro indiegames or something like that. Or, we can keep churning out the same drivel that has been spoonfed to us for the past few years and be stuck in the 80's forever.
Wouldn't it be mildly intriguing if the word 'indie' could be synonymous with 'innovative'? A lot of these indie groups don't even want to take risks any more. Look at the 80's, then see what the companies did... small groups a guy or two would make a game, then they got better and better and better, instead of moving from one identical kickstarter project to the next identical one, all with the same boring pixel graphics. If I had some wealth, I'd be tempted to setup a grant to encourage the industry to reward innovation in graphics and custom engines. Maybe it would help us get out of this slump.
Sadly, my identity is becoming more disassociated with indie games every day, yet AAA doesn't meet my needs either. I probably have 500 games in my collection that are essentially the same game. Bring something new to the table, please. Here's an idea, take your cookie cutter game and instead of just releasing it with lazy graphics, do something special. Otherwise, in my eyes, you're not going to look any different than the other 500 games that release the same day as your game (because, trust me, they released with lazy pixel graphics because the 'demographic' 'wants it'). I guess I'm just not part of the demographic any more.
Somebody please wake me up when games are good again, because I'll be excited for the first time in a long time and won't want to go to sleep because I'll be enjoying the moment too much.
I guess if you don't want pigeons to shit on your lot, then you stop feeding them. To that point, I believe it is time for me to stop buying games with retro graphics.