Why Some Gamers Will Never Move Or Kinect
With PlayStation Move mere weeks away and Microsoft Kinect ready to drop before the end of the year, I've been thinking a lot more about how how gamers from an older generation may never, regardless of motion-sensing advances, adopt this new style.
At first, I thought maybe it was little more than clinging to the past. After all, as much as we all hate to admit it, nostalgia plays a significant role in how we view our entertainment, especially in regards to an industry that has grown right along with us. It's why I will still say Super Mario Bros. is one of the greatest games of all time when in fact, it's entirely irrational to compare it to the games of today, which in truth, represent entirely different experiences. We're getting closer and closer to interactive movies and really, things are so different, it's senseless and unfair to compare and contrast over big generational gaps.
However, after analyzing it a bit more, I realized it goes beyond this. It's in how we define our entertainment; not so much in how much we enjoyed our innocent childhoods. For instance, while multiplayer gaming has been around for quite some time, it's just not something I can get into. I understand the appeal; I've done it with multiple games and multiple genres (and I have to do it for the sake of reviews), but I will never put a great multiplayer experience above a great single-player experience in my personal hierarchy. And this is simply because I identify gaming as a solitary activity; it has proven to be almost a form of therapy over the years, I like nothing more than being alone with an unbelievable, memorable game.
Now, it used to only center on RPGs but I've branched out since then. So it's not like I refuse to adopt new ideas and I always love innovation in this industry. I honestly hope Move and Kinect will be great fun for all who sign on for the ride but no matter how good it is, I can't equate that type of interactive entertainment with what I believe in my heart to be "video games." I also don't believe I'm the only one. This isn't to say Move and Kinect will fail; I believe they're intriguing enough for the older and the hardcore to give 'em a try. I'm merely saying that some people, myself included, will never supplant the traditional form of gaming on their personal entertainment hierarchies.
In short, it's one of the common human traits that can often be deemed a weakness: you really can't teach an old dog new tricks. Or maybe you can, but for some reason, he'll always like the old trick(s) better.
8/27/2010 Ben Dutka