What’s the problem with elections? They are manifold, but the primary problem is that most voters are too ill-informed to make a rational decision, so they mostly vote for a safe candidate.
Now, like it or not, our hobbies largely revolve around money. Games are produced for better, more gallant reasons, but eventually reaching and serving an audience will involve money. And why not? These people have the right to make some money out of their hard work and creativity (which in itself, is hard work).
Now, who among us has the money? People like me. Long time players, who now have careers, families and mortgages (well, I have two out of three). So, much of what we put our money in drives the industry. Sadly, quite a few of us are using our money on revamped products from the eighties, where slight adjustments are made to make them resemble modern games in some sense, but basically they haven’t changed in any way that actually matters.
This is your equivalent of pop music. Not good pop music, necessarily, but the lamest possible pop music, which is based on making listener friendly variants of edgier stuff. Think Britney Spears -level music. Think Skrillex or any of those bands which put the word ‘core’ at the end of a wrong genre. And if we put our money into it, we are facilitating it, thus encouraging making the same thing again and again, while discouraging actual innovation.
I get it. Not everything has to be on the edge. You don’t always have to play the state-of-the-art game. Actually, part of innovation is failing, because you can’t make actual progress without learning from your mistakes. However, eighties… Taking a look at inventions of roughly similar age to RPGs, you wouldn’t actually use a PC from the eighties. You’d chuckle, if you saw someone with a mobile phone from the eighties in a modern casing. Still, for some reason, we take these games from the eighties seriously for same strange reason, even though comparable steps have been taken in RPG design.
(Ok, my music comparison is actually pretty unfair. Its actually more like buying the albums of bands you liked as a teenager because of some strange irrational detachment. You don’t owe those bands anything. If they are not on par with what they did back then, you are under no obligation to help them out.)