Over the past week we’ve been hearing so much about Project Café, Nintendo HD, Wii 2, and my personal favourite, Super Wii, has me thinking. Are you really ready for the “next-gen?” I ask only because it feel like yesterday when we were writing about the newly announced Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3. We were all saying how incredible this generation would be, etc. It also caused a rift because the Wii was so similar to “last-gen.” We continually referred to PS3/360 games as “next-gen” and Wii games as well…Wii games. So here we are around five years later and this term is being passed around again. I don’t know about you, but I actually like where we are in the game market right now. Sure PC games can look quite a bit better than our console games, but for the most part we’re at a point where gameplay is trying to innovate and advance and graphics are simply incredible in nine out of every ten “next-gen” games released. So where do we go from here?
For those who have been reading the site for several years will likely remember, I wrote an article that said the future of gaming would be all about physics. For the most part that has occurred this generation what with games like BioShock, Portal and so many more. Thing is, I really thought it would be deeper than it has been seen thus far. For every game that uses advanced physics, there are far more that don’t. Do you think this is where technology can advance video-gaming? I mean, graphics alone can only take you so far.
What about all these extra features? I’m talking motion controls, innovative designs, casual-based games, etc. Will the emphasis be placed on these “extra” features over the technology, or will the two coexist? I only ask because it’s highly likely a million and one articles will be written about the new Nintendo hardware in a few months time, and I’d like to get some of your thoughts before the flood arrives. Where would you like to see Nintendo and the others head? Are you content with what we have now, or do you want more innovation, less emphasis on graphics and technology or some hybrid of the two?
I’m at the point where time is my biggest factor against me, but that doesn’t mean I’ll just stop gaming. I don’t foresee that ever truly happening. Instead I think I’ll just stick with what I know and try the occasional heavily hyped game. So, now it’s your turn; what do you think the future of gaming holds? If you want to stick with Nintendo, by all means give us your best guess. If Nintendo plans to use a touch screen-enabled controller, what do you think the purpose will be? Take it with you outside? Then what’s the point of the 3DS? Use it as a VMU, well again, don’t we already have a portable offering by Nintendo? Maybe you can come up with the answer to the riddle, or maybe think completely outside the box to the next big innovation. We want to hear your thoughts!