What happened to all the quirky stuff in video games?

I recently started listening to Polygon’s excellent Cool Games Inc. podcast and I’m hooked. I used to love coming up with games ideas when I was a teenager and embarked on many ambitious gamemaker-based projects that lasted all of two weeks each.

Some of Nick and Griffin’s ideas sound like they would make genuinely great games, and the strange little flourishes they suggest are frequently the icing on the cake. That got me thinking – what happened to all the quirky stuff that used to be in video games? Continue reading “What happened to all the quirky stuff in video games?”