Gloom and More Gloom

Hide & Seek is closing down.

We also knew there was no white knight of public funding out there to help us out. While there is a rhetoric of governmental support for the creative industries, and for cultural organisations that innovate, our experience of funders has been one of diminishing returns. We stopped applying for things after we worked out that if you added up all the studio days that had been spent working on unsuccessful funding applications, you could have hired a whole extra person to work on making games.

In mobile games, CPI is now higher than ARPU. In English: The shark, she is jumped.

TV’s creative golden age may or may not be coming to an end, but it’s definitely in a freefall, business-wise, as ratings slide and cable and broadband subscribers cut cords en masse.

The New York Times covers the ongoing culture clash in San Francisco. Hearing it from an outsider, written in cool gray NYT style, makes it all hurt worse.

Tech sector antipathy is about more than just the rent in SF: Silicon Valley controls the media that we use to discuss it, short-circuiting our ability to effectively critique it:

Silicon Valley still holds a firm grip on the mechanics of the public debate. As long as our critique remains tied to the plane of technology and information– a plane that is often described by that dreadful, meaningless, overused word “digital” – Silicon Valley will continue to be seen as an exceptional and unique industry. When food activists go after Big Food and accuse those companies of adding too much salt and fat to their snacks to make us crave even more of them, no one dares accuse these activists of being anti-science. Yet, a critique of Facebook or Twitter along similar lines... almost immediately brings accusations of technophobia and Luddism.