There’s a difference between making products and making art. If you don’t know the distinction then idk what to say.
My wife is an artist. I can assure you she would rather sell millions than win an award in combination with poor sales.
And games that win awards don't always sell, so there isn't a direct correlation. Do the awards help a bit in terms of free marketing and advertisements, sure. But not enough to warrant making awards a high priority when developing a product. As already pointed out, Spider-man (and Horizon) didn't win many awards... but sold lights out. I would also question how many people, outside core gamers, even pay attention to awards. And core gamers buy most AAA games anyway. Most people I know couldn't even begin to name what won GotY last year. Heck I don't even remember.
And let's face it, videogames are a product with artistic elements.... but it is still a product.Last edited by Chrkeller - on 20 September 2019