Originally Posted by lordofchaos
Or is this just systemic of the industry size and success?
What do you mean the industry size?
Check this video from 2:55 till the end:
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As for the thread question, if you mean developers as people who work on video games, I guess a good lot of them are still gamers. As for how much they interact with the audience of the specific games they work on, I have no idea.
If you mean developers as the companies who develop the games, yes, they have probably lost touch with their audiences.
Or more exactly, due to the cost of production, team size, level of hierarchies etc..... everything has become more mechanical/less human.