[EDITORIAL] The Things They Told Us Would Happen to Video Games As Kids

April 10, 2014

The things they told us as kids that would happen to video games, and how far we’ve come. Very far. Below I give you a list of things I’ve been told (as well as things you may have heard) and how far we’ve come since these concepts being just figment of imagination.

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO IMMERSE YOURSELF SOMEHOW IN THE GAME

Sure, when we were told this, we were already playing games like Duck Hunt with a light gun controller, so technically, that was already done. But we were told that it would become more complicated than this. For example, in 2003, Sony, with collaboration from Logitech, released the Eye Toy, a webcam like device that can track your movements and translate them into the gameplay (those minigames that came with the Eye Toy often were fun) as well as take your picture and plaster it over a created character. (ex: Tony Hawk’s Underground) It was technologies like this that helped propel now existing technologies like Kinect and the successor to the Eye Toy, the Playstation Eye (and the new PS4 version as well.) Then there were games like Gran Turismo that supported a steering wheel, Dance Dance Revolution which supported a Dance pad (which was also technically seen before during the NES days) and a Skate Board-esque device with “Tony Hawk’s Ride.” not to mention the Nintendo Wii made a point with this often times with its unique controller design that resembled a remote. Plus with Project Morpheus/Occulus Rift, we see games in a whole new world. Well, assuming Facebook does the right thing.

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO STREAM GAMES

Sure, often times when you went to one of those ‘middle to high end’ hotels, they often times offered a chance to let you stream Mortal Kombat into your room at an extortionate rate, which is why chances are your parents usually said “No, Thanks.” But your parents did warn you “Someday this will be the norm in the household. We currently don’t have something that can stream console games, but we will soon via PlayStation Now. For now, our cable set top boxes sometimes let us stream low bandwidth games just like the hotels in our heyday did (yet my STB doesn’t offer me Mortal Kombat, but I digress) and we DO have services like OnLive for PC games.

THE CARTRIDGE WILL MAKE A COMEBACK

 

 

Now that flash media isn’t as expensive to produce as it was during the N64 days, can hold more, and has better durability over CD based media, its no wonder why Sony used flash based media for the PSVita, why the DS lines for Nintendo still use cartridges as well, and why people just use memory cards like SD, Memory Stick, M2 etc to store plenty of games. Blu Ray discs can hold over 50GB, but I HAVE seen 2TB SD cards. Plus the read speed compared to CD media is no comparison. Cartridges are here to stay. THEN AGAIN….

ALL PHYSICAL MEDIA WILL BE OBSOLETE

Why buy software that takes up physical space when you can stream it? Or download it. And believe me, Steam has made a killing on download only games. Hell, some companies chose to release their games digitally only. Even though it was a failure, the PSPgo was marketed for download only. There’s advantages to having physical copies (less space taken up in a hard drive, less bandwidth consumed) but as far as BluRay technology has come, some people have sworn off physical altogether, making all these advances to Bluray discs arguably obsolete.

YOUR CONSOLE WILL BE MORE AND MORE USEFUL IN THE LIVINGROOM

Starting with the PS2, our consoles were DVD players on the side. And our parents LOVED THIS.  I didn’t so much at the time. I wanna f**kin play, why do you have to watch your movie now? But why buy a DVD player AND a gaming system when you could save money and get an ALL-IN-ONE. Sure right now a DVD player AND a BluRay player can be bought for next to nothing, but at the time of the PS2′s release, DVD players were EXPENSIVE. Our consoles come with a lot of the features of a standard player, such as support for Surround Sound devices, that it’s becoming normal for a gaming system to find home in EVERYONE’S living room. You can even buy a remote for them, or in the case of HDMI Sync, you can control the console with your TV remote. Plus, they can play CD’s, MP3′s, can stream music from PC’s or the internet, can watch Netflix, sporting events. the Xbox One cashed in on this. Although for the time being both the PS4 and the XBOX ONE backpedaled and don’t support MP3 or CD’s, but time will tell.

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY ONLINE

You were told this when chances are you were still discovering the internet on your PC. with the Sega Saturn in Japan, through external attachments, it was possible to play online. This technology was later introduced elsewhere with the successor, Sega Dreamcast, though also with an attachment. the Xbox hade native online support, but you had to pay. The PS2 needed an attachment at first, through a slot that Sony left in the unit “for a rainy day” but as time went on, The Slim line units had an Ethernet port built in. the Xbox 360 again had paid online, but retained Ethernet only. The Wii and PS3 were the first to have wifi built in.

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY YOUR FAVORITE GAMES ON YOUR PHONE, BESIDES SNAKE

We all loved Snake, the game where you chase a dot and grow and grow and grow. But now we can play GTA San Andreas on our phones. The only thing we cant do is play Mario games. Well, we can, but without Nintendo’s blessing, anyway.

PRETTY SOON, VIDEO GAMES WILL LOOK REAL, ALMOST LIKE WATCHING A MOVIE

Remember the 8 bit era? Such fond memories. And remember how cartoony everything was during the PSX/N64 era? Some games go for realism. graphics have become so complex that now its almost like looking in the mirror. Its like watching a movie. It’s beautiful.

We’ve had a lot of advances to our consoles, and its been fun. But there still is ONE idea I have heard will happen, but hasn’t happened. And I await it…

EVENTUALLY, YOU WILL PLAY VIDEO GAMES NOT THROUGH THE TV, NOR ANY SCREEN, BUT HOLOGRAMS

Remember in 2012 when Tupac “came back to life” at Coachella? Like that. Holograms will be controllable. Imagine it like this, you’re palying Mortal Kombat on a plain surface, you just made your friend’s hologram Subzero a burn victim via hologram Scorpion’s “Toasty!” fatality. This is the only thing I have left to see that I was told would happen. So, anybody have any thoughts? Additions? Sound off.

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