Good Old Days
Where do I see video gaming and technology in the future? Well, to truly understand where we are going I think it’s important to see where we came from.
So much has changed since I was growing up I hadn’t really realized it until I sat back to write this piece.
Make me a Wrestler
I am a huge wrestling fanatic, I have watched wrestling since I was a little kid. It’s something I can always look forward to each week. I grew up on all the PAY-PER-VIEW events and of course played the video games, it was awesome. I remember when WWF Smackdown for the PlayStation One was, in my eyes, one of the best wrestling games that sported the best graphics, gameplay, and music. I couldn’t get enough. I’d always pick "The Rock" because, why not? To me he was the baddest mother-effer in the industry at the time. Another thing I liked was that creating a wrestler it didn’t take forever. You’d pick the hair, color skin, height, weight, clothing, and a name. That’s it.
Today, just to create your own character it can take more than an hour and that’s not even counting the long update you have to wait for when you first put in the game. So much detail and so much time spent with the character creation portion and I cannot relate to the necessity for any of it. Who cares if my character has freckles, receding hairline, how far apart their eyes are or the shape of his or her nose? Personally, it isn’t for me, I just want to play the game but I can see how it may be appealing for other players.
I think game developers need to shift their focus on the more important features. For example, in Smack Down for PS1… ever notice the crowd and how the first couple rows were the only objects waving or raising a sign back and forth like a broken record? Well I have and it was annoying. Especially how the people in the stands didn’t even move except for the few rows around the ring. Today they took care of the crowd; it looks more realistic to be sure. But the gameplay still leaves something to be desired. I know that developers have experimented with story lines and other things to that nature in the past, I believe the N64 games had some player choice. I can imagine that in the near future, game developers should focus on a more open world wrestling game. A game in which wrestling is just one part of the gameplay. As the player you are free to move around before and after matches, make decisions based in the world of wrestling, and have control over more than just dialog trees. I feel open world games don’t always have to be about earth-shattering wars, space operas, or fantasy related dragons slaying. Give me an open world game set in a wrestlers life, complete with matches, trash talking promos, and the ability to be a heel or a hero and I’ll be a happy camper.
“Refrigerator, Order Eggs Please”
Often, we don’t realize how frequently or how fast technology is evolving around us. The very cell phones in our pockets can control a hell of a lot more than simply making calls. Seriously, who uses their phones to make phone calls?
Using our phones we can lock the doors to our house, turn on lights, control our televisions and game consoles, and order food right to our door. Soon you'll be able to drive your car from your parking space to exactly where you are standing, I can’t wait to see the high scores on that phone app. It’s really amazing to see how far we have come but it also scares me. Just the other day I was skimming my Facebook page and I came across an article about a human-like robot that was built in Japan. This robot recognizes people and greets them by their name. It’s MIND BOTTLING, as I like to call it.
This reminds me of the movie Gamer where the players of a video game are controlling actual people. If their character dies in the game they die in real life. A great movie by the way, if you haven't seen it then you should. Not to give any spoilers out but it’s about some rich guy that developed a chip that would go into people’s head (mostly prisoners). The chip would allow a person like me and you control everything they do. It was a game to the player, like a real life Call of Duty and the object of the game was to kill waves of bad guys. It’s an action packed movie with some good actors in it as well such as Terry Crews, Gerald Butler and the guy from Dexter I forget his name.
Another example of how much technology has evolved is a Samsung refrigerator that has a built in screen that allows you to do your grocery shopping right on its screen. It is crazy as hell. Just wait until the flying cars start coming out. People these days can’t even drive for shit on streets, imagine flying vehicles.
The Unknown Future
I believe that gaming will be taken to a whole new level of insanity. I can imagine some type of simulator pod that you go into and make you feel like you are actually in the game, like the matrix. I think that would be awesome. There are so many directions that this can go. I believe they are trying to make it more and more realistic to the players and as life like as they can and that is something I look forward to in the future. Remember if that actually comes out sometime in the future I came out with that idea first. I think that whatever the gaming industry has in store for the future is a complete mystery. I want to be surprised; I can’t wait to unravel what’s next because I know that in several years I am going to feel like I did back in the days before cell phones.
I hope to continue gaming as long as I can and hope to instill these gaming skills to my kids so that they can take over and make this a tradition in my family for decades to come.