Gamers: Remember To "Move" And "Kinect" In Reality
I just gotta say...it's so great to have those names for both motion sensing technologies this year. It opens the door for so many potential editorial titles.
Anyway, as I often bemoan the advent of communication via machines at the expense of once-common human traits like charm and charisma, I'm often tempted to remind my fellow gamers that there is no replacement for reality. Of course, we all want escapes from reality, and with such mind-boggling advancements in the interactive entertainment realm, it's difficult not to be excited. I am indeed excited for what things like 3D, Move and Kinect can do for the industry. But at the same time, the world continues to value the artificial over the real; the perceived necessity of gadgets over irreplaceable - and critical - inherent human traits. Granted, with multiplayer and online gaming, along with motion sensing (which often lends itself well to social gatherings), gaming is more of a social hobby than ever before.
That much is true. But as gaming gets better and more realistic, it's gets easier and easier to replace the real with the artificial. We can almost fool our brains into thinking we don't need one when the other is so very similar... Let's face it- PlayStation Move and Microsoft's Kinect are only the start of something new and special; there's no knowing where we'll be in another decade. Things happen very quickly these days. But we have less and less incentive to "move" and "connect" with that which lies outside our doors, and it's noticeable in the way people communicate in the real world. Gamers have often been criticized for being "outside the loop" and although it's fair to say we've broken free of that stereotype (for the most part), it'd be all too easy to backslide.
The weather will get worse soon and there will be yet another reason to stay inside. But if you don't take care of yourself, and you ignore other aspects of life that can't be found within a video screen, you'll actually begin to get less pleasure from your favorite hobby. Somewhere deep down, you know you're not as happy as you could be; you don't feel too great, and you find yourself wanting in other categories. When those categories are empty, it's extremely difficult to really lose yourself in any form of entertainment...as realistic and engaging as it may be. So please, just remember that both Move and Kinect - as accurate as they are - are poor substitutions for the real-world counterparts of those words.
Be diverse. Read. Hike. Meet people. Whatever. Just be...human.
9/8/2010 9:28:32 PM Ben Dutka