I've often heard that we are in the golden age of gaming but with the recent closing of Spartan Games etc I wonder if it isn't more of a gold-plated bubble.

There is certainly a lot of choice about nowadays and platforms like Kickstarter have helped new mini companies onto the market but how many of them will last? How many have struggled if not failed to deliver? And, out of the ones that have delivered how many have then expanded their games or ranges? Some companies only seem to want or be able to produce new stuff through KS.

A wider choice does not mean that the quality improves, in many ways it can mean the opposite.

I've seen many people on forums lamenting a great game they own but they can't find anyone to play it? I suspect that there are probably a few players who still have a GW army or two mostly so they can get a game in.