The future of gaming~

January 10th, 2009  | By: Daichi  | Categories: Games  | Tags: ,

Lately, I found myself bumping between quite a few different games. It’s seemingly hard to find time for everything. Even when you seemingly have a lot of free time.

So anyway, if you haven’t heard yet. Nintendo just patented a very useful labor saving device,
a game that plays itself.

I don’t have too much to say on the topic, but this silly Nintendo patent reminds me of a book I never did finish reading. Here is a little excerpt from the beginning ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ By Douglas Adams. (Just note paragraph 3 if you are lazy.)

High on a rocky promontory sat an Electric Monk on a bored horse. From under its rough woven cowl the Monk gazed unblinkingly down into another valley, with which it was having a problem.

The day was hot, the sun stood in an empty hazy sky and beat down upon the gray rocks and the scrubby, parched grass. Nothing moved, not even the Monk. The horse’s tail moved a little, swishing slightly to try and move a little air, but that was all. Otherwise, nothing moved.

The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder. Dishwashers washed tedious dishes for you, thus saving you the bother of washing them yourself, video recorders watched tedious television for you, thus saving you the bother of looking at it yourself; Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe.

If my video games are going to remove all challenge and play themselves, I might as well read more books or something. Since I never finished it, I think I might just go mark this book a few notches higher on my entertainment queue.

  1. theonlymegumegu
    January 10th, 2009 at 14:44
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    Huh. I dunno how I feel about that, really yet. My knee jerk reaction is that I don’t like it, but then, it may also be that it’s not *for* me, so maybe I don’t have to. If developers really can seamlessly combine traditional game play with this digest game play, it might do well. I know there are people who actually have more fun *watching* people play games than to play the games themselves, so it possible this might let those people enjoy games the way they normally do, but put the controller in their hands occasionally. We’ll have to see. At times it also takes doing stupid ideas, or good ideas the wrong way to get to the good ideas done the right way. On the topic of game difficulty curves, you may find this interesting, if you didn’t already catch it when I posted it in my LJ http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=2048

  2. Daichi
    January 10th, 2009 at 17:09
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    I understand the need for gateway games for new users and the need for simplicity, but I’m not exactly a new or potential gamer, I don’t really know anyone that really falls under that category. My gut response to that video simply is this. I think life needs it’s high and low points for enjoyment. If you only have high points, they aren’t really “high” anymore, might as well average out to be neutral. I think when you remove the challenge or the risk, you lose some of the reward. Which is something I’ve always looked for in my gaming experience.

    I realize that different people look for different things when they look to video games. Some people just want a storyline, the Japanese got their own genre called Visual Novels/Adventure Games. In its purest form, these “games” don’t really have gameplay, rather just story and pictures.

    As for the desire to watch someone else play a game, I’m not fully convinced Nintendo has a solution here. I guess we still don’t even know if Nintendo is going to do anything with this one. They have patented some silly stuff before, like here and here.

    As for the difficulty curve, we have had easy and accessible games before. Although, I’m not sure about recent platformers. And a lot of games try to keep you in the action, like Halo 2’s active shield that gets copied around everywhere. Anyway I certainly would give the Wii more credit then the latest PoP game. For being a gateway drug to gaming.

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