Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Current Short-Term Future of Gaming

What I mean by this is what I believe to be the future of gaming in the next year or two.

Consoles seem to be losing their luster but only so far as they try too hard to be like PC gaming. I have a PS3, but I don't see myself getting the new PS4 because I don't see the need for it. The return on value in new consoles is decreasing without the addition of advanced peripheral technologies because video quality can only get so good in relation to the goodness of the average television screen. Making the experience better should be the prime motivation of new consoles, but only Nintendo tries to do that anymore (with Sony and Microsoft trying to copy any Nintendo success.) Please, Nintendo, announce a new Zelda or Smash Bros. soon. I'm only really looking forward to one new console game that's been announced: Saints Row 4.

Pokemon continues to completely dominate the handheld gaming market because that's what Nintendo does. Smart phone app games will never be able to put that much of a dent in that. Pokemon continues to innovate on its well established franchise. It will continue to work for the foreseeable future. Pokemon X & Y will have Pokemon mounts, so yeah, awesomeness on the horizon.

Valve's Steam engine plus the emergence of Kickstarter has allowed a mass outcropping of unleashed talent and creativity to the Indie market unheard of just a few years ago. This is a very positive development and would love more of it. The Ouya is likely to be just the beginning of the goodness.

Minecraft and its insane levels of popularity has given way to creativity tools being embraced as a game platform more than Garry's Mod ever did. But the "open world with a goal" game type has also gained popularity due to Minecraft. Minecraft continually adds new stuff to itself. Games like Don't Starve are starting to follow the same strategy. I can't wait to see where this leads. Hopefully, Yogventures is phenomenal. I missed out on the Kickstarter (discovered the Yogscast like three days after the Kickstarter ended, seriously.) This can only lead to positive things.

Let's Play and gaming commentary videos have essentially taken over YouTube. PewDiePie and those like him are posed to rule over YouTube's top subscribed in a year or two due to this. The reason is rather simple: Putting out original content every single day will eventually build up subscribers and views faster than a video or two every week or two. The absolutely fantastic Video Game High School (produced via Kickstarter to boot) is a testament to the power of video games on the Internet culture.

Google Glass is the first big leap towards HUD-type game helmets/visors that every gamer has wanted for the longest time. I can't wait to get one, as I have since I first saw one in that one Sims game.

Not a lot of negative on the horizon, but I tend to be an optimist when it comes to technological advancements.

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