Everything in gaming is not fine, and that’s fine

Developer Rami Ismail, writing an opinion piece for Polygon:

And what is there to gain on mobile anyway? The race to the bottom has pushed the prices down so far that it’s almost impossible to keep making games at all. The people that can buy seats on the gravy train buy more seats than ever, and those still believing you can board the gravy train after it passed their station are left with the illusion that they simply missed the train, instead of understanding that unless they got exceptionally lucky, there wouldn’t have been seats for them anyway.

Rami’s piece is about a lot more than just iOS and Android gaming, but I feel the above paragraph perfectly sums up my reservations about the platforms. With rare exceptions, it feels like the space is dominated by shady in app purchases with a lot of tired gameplay tropes.