"Wow Grandpa, That's What A Video Game Used To Be?!"
Don't ask me where this industry is going to be in ten years, twenty years, fifty years. I don't know where it's going to be in two years.
Thing is, I always imagined I'd have kids saying things like, "Damn, you actually played those things?" when seeing an old Atari game. I thought I'd be around during the pinnacle of the interactive evolution, and I'd look back on the Atari and Nintendo days with a wistful smile, knowing just how far we've come. But we all have to realize that down the road, some young'un is going to look at Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and laugh. They'll laugh the way kids today laugh at Pong. The scary part is that such an occurrence is impossible for us to fathom.
We're just lousy future predictors. There was nobody I knew when I was growing up in the 80s who could've predicted how far we'd come. You have to remember that I came from a generation that basically sh** its pants when it first saw Wolfenstein. And with each new generation, we all go, "Jesus, how can it look any more realistic?!" The bottom line is we have no idea; virtual reality could be closer than any of us think at this rate. And then what? What's beyond that? Parallel dimensions we can tap into and explore? Will those be the "games" of the far-off distant future?
All I know is that I know nothing. So what if I've been around since the dawn of video games in the home? It doesn't do me a bit of good. I can't tell you what's going to happen even in the near future and to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure I want to know...
7/3/2012 9:11:12 PM Ben Dutka