I refer here to short form as meaning artistic creations that are short by nature, such as short films, short stories, comics, many classic and more recent indie games [created in months, not years], and other short creations.
I’ve always thought that the beginning of the video games industry was not unlike the start of making silent films. Little and limited technology, but lots of imagination and hard work. Not everyone in the early games industry made it into the modern games field, just as many silent film stars did not make the transition into talkies.
Today, I dabble in short story writing and making small indie style video games. These are my short forms of choice. I’ve considered writing a novel, and maybe I still will, but I love short form. It suits me, and I have always enjoyed and appreciated the work of others in the short form.
It is with sadness that I report the recent passing away of Keith Robinson who with his company kept Mattel Intellivision games in the minds and hearts of classic game players everywhere. Keith’s many talents will be missed. He wasn’t just a developer and entrepreneur of games. He was also adept at creating comic strips, another wonderful short form.