Gaming's Future: Will We Ever Totally Abandon Buttons?
It seems like developers are doing almost everything they can to leave the old-fashioned button behind.
We've got touchscreens and various motion sensing devices, and through it all, I've yet to find anything that's even remotely as accurate as the 100% precise press of a button. I mean, we're not even close.
But will there eventually come a time when nobody will ever press a button to play a game? Will they either refine the current technologies or create newer ones? Perhaps tech that's even closer to virtual reality? I mean, if everyone craves innovation (developers and gamers alike), one has to assume that anything that resembles "outdated" tech will have to be replaced. It's like a ceaseless, almost maniacal drive to destroy the past on the implicit assumption that anything new is automatically better.
But what if we actually can't find anything that's more precise than a button press? What if even the best motion tracking technology we can invent has a little hitch, a little flaw that makes it prone to certain gameplay miscues? Are we still going to abandon buttons just because they feel old-fashioned? I honestly don't believe that those who participate in this hobby are willing to do that; the majority of gamers simply want the best experience they can have. And if they can't get that without the exactness of buttons, then I really can't see them fully embracing another form of interaction.
I think you're already seeing that, as even after motion sensing has been around all this time, most hardcore gamers rarely use it. It remains a casual thing because in truth, it's still mostly a gimmick. And I admit it's a nice change of pace and I especially like that it gets people moving, but the fact remains- It's inferior to the standard controller. The only question is whether or not that will change in the future...
4/11/2013 10:24:02 PM Ben Dutka