Ever since I first started criticizing the business practices of mainstream videogame publishers, people have been quick to remind me that it doesn’t matter what I think, people will buy games anyway.
The facts are the facts, and I can’t dispute the truth that publishers enjoy success regardless of how they treat their staff and their audience. They will continue to make money, even as the industry faces scandal after scandal, and publicly sneers at all accountability.
I’m told that all this is proof that the publishers are right. They set out to make money, they made money, and that justifies all the exploitation and abuse. But they’re wrong. Money isn’t a validation. It’s only a motive.