Monday, May 25, 2009

Console games are gonna be massacred ! and that includes you nGage

If someone launches virtual reality games will consoles die off ?

Steven Spielberg think so.

He tells the Guardian in this podcast that the 3-D revolution will soon do for gaming what it's doing for film - transform an industry. "I really think virtual reality, which experimentally came and went in the eighties, is going to be redeveloped, just like 3D is being redeveloped today," he says, "and that's going to be the new platform for our gaming future." He must think so. He's the guy who moved to direct Games instead of films and is now working at EA on Project LMNO.

Of course, many of us remember how bad the VR games from the 80s and 90s turned out (Dactyl Nightmare, anyone?). And there were plenty of people back then who thought VR would be the next big thing. It wasn't. Why? Because the games sucked. The risk here is the breathless embrace of a new technology. VR is meaningless without a compelling game to drive it. It's still so far away from adoption that we'd be better off focused on improving, say, iPhone games in the meantime. Or perhaps building PayPal support into nGage.

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