Saturday, October 16, 2010

How long can we evolve?

I keep hearing about everything looking to evolve in the near future.  With new releases such as Web 3.0, people are excited about the changes being made, but even with new technology on the horizon, people still look for more.  I'm kinda worried about how much things can actually evolve in this scenario.  Why can't things just stay the way they are for a few years?

Let's take gaming consoles as an example.  People enjoy the current systems and games if what I'm hearing is correct.  Yet, just with computer technology, new consoles are just around the corner.  Now, hey, I'm all for getting new and innovative games that look and play swimmingly.  But why is there always a necessity for something "better"?  Even when people buy a new console, there's already talk about the next generation.  But this can't continue, can it?  Eventually, we cannot evolve any further.  I'm just concerned about when we will hit that point.  What will happen, to let's say the gaming industry, when developers run out of ideas for consoles, or they just try too hard to be innovative and flop.  The thing is, even as an aspiring game developer myself, I'm constantly worried about the stability of these types of things.  We keep looking for "better" games and "better" graphics and never seem to be satisfied.

Well I'm just here to say that I AM satisfied.  I still take a moment when playing a game such as Tales of Vesperia or NBA 2K11 and marvel at the graphics and color schemes, especially when I decide to turn on the old NES and go into nostalgia mode.  Anyways, I'm not sure where this thought came from or why I'm blogging about it.  Maybe it stems from my dislike of where gaming companies are going these days (i.e. Kinect, the obsession with 3D gaming, and the clusterfuck of motion control) or perhaps it's just a random thought, who knows.  All I know is that I won't be surprised when the day that evolution fails arrives.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mobile gaming needs to go

Alright, first off, I'm going to say that I do understand the appeal of having access to games on a mobile phone.  Yes it is entertaining and convenient, as well as a great pathway for indie developers to get their hands wet.


I seriously cannot stand the support they're getting.  Take this recent article from Mashable for instance:
A game that thousands if not millions of people play on their PCs now have access to it via the new Windows 7 Phone.  This sounds good to many of you I'm sure.  But let's be much time will you spend playing this on your phone when you could be getting a much richer experience on the PC version?  That's the main issue I have with mobile games.  For me personally, I only play games on my iTouch when I'm waiting for a class or on a car ride.  But even then it's only for roughly ten minutes before I get bored.  There's just not enough motivation for me to play a game on a mobile phone when I could be getting so much more out of playing on my 360 or PC.

That's what I associate gaming with though.  Console/PC gaming is what I believe to be true gaming.  Handhelds such as the Nintendo DS and PSP count as well, as they produce AAA titles such as Dissidia and Pokemon.  But in my eyes, using mobile devices such as the iPad, iPhone, Android, and now the Windows 7 Phone just seems like a fake.  These games are the off-brand food that you buy in the store, and while some off-brand food is tasty, you get much more enjoyment out of the real thing.  It irritates me to see so much money, time, and effort put into the mobile games when, quite honestly, nobody is going to pay much attention to them in the first place.  Quite honestly, I don't think I will ever have the desire to purchase a game for a mobile device.  There's nothing impressive or innovative about them, and they're pretty much akin to the random flash games you played when the internet was young and Yahoo! Games was your main timesink (don't deny it, we've all played them).

Perhaps I'm missing out on what could be an awesome gaming experience.  Or maybe I'm right.  Who knows.  But what I do know is that all of that talent and innovative-ness could be focused on "true gaming", but instead, is wasted on this "imitation gaming".  So if you walk up to me and tell me, "Play this awesome game on my iPhone it's better than sliced bread!!!1!!!1!111", don't expect me to give a shit.