Thursday, February 02, 2006

Sweet Sweet Video Games

For Aiur!Speaking of video games, it's a wonder I have time to blog at all anymore, with how much I've gotten back in the habit of playing them. Between The Legend of Zelda (yes, the original—on my GameCube), Pikmin 2, and Starcraft it's actually amazing that I have time to do anything—eat, sleep, work, breath, etc. And it's only going to get worse once I get my hands on that sweet sweet Dance Dance action. Oh and did I mention that I'll almost certainly be buying one of those new Nintendo DS Lites when they come out? Yeah.

Nintendo DS LiteI know it's been said before, but it still frightens me to think what will happen to society when video games finally become the fully immersive, photo-realistic experience that game developers strive toward daily. Think about it. When it is possible, from the comfort of your own home, to put on a (lightweight) helmet and some gloves and basically be transported to another reality—a fun reality—what possible motivation would there be to ever stop playing? There wouldn't be any. This would be especially true if the suit came with a special set of pants too, if you know what I mean.

As much as it pains me to say it, this truth probably means that for the safety of humanity, such immersive photo-realistic games should probably never be developed. Of course, that won't stop the game companies from making and selling such things, as long as there's a buck to be made. If they do come about, and if they're cheap enough for your "average Joe" to buy one, we will surely see the end of society as we know it.

Probably at that point only a robotic Italian plumber from the future would be able to save us from our self-induced techno-stupor.
Categories: Personal, Sci/Tech


Anonymous Cydney said...

That's an interesting thought to think about.


Off-topic: I was just thinking about it, and I realized that I would have an extremely hard time reading your blog if you were a liberal. You astound me with your wit and clever word-choice--I would have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that you were indeed funny if you were a liberal.

2:40 PM, February 03, 2006  
Blogger Nathan said...

You should try reading Accelerando by Charles Stross, Skor. As a story it's only so/so, the characters aren't terribly deep, almost all the problems are solved by people sitting down and having conversations about them, and the ending is such a big deus ex machina that even the terribly ironic fact that the phrase "deus ex machina" appears on the very last page could not overwhelm my disapprobation. In short, it's nothing more than a thinly veiled tour of a potential future.

But what a potential future. It draws on cyberpunk's vision of the near future and extrapolates out a far future that is simply astounding.

Given the last few paragraphs of your post I think you might find it interesting.

10:12 AM, February 05, 2006  
Blogger MatthewOfTheWest said...

All they need is a helmet that can cover your eyes and link up with your brain waves--sending signals that gives you the full experience of bodily motion while comfortably sitting down in a lazyboy. As long as it makes you think you are really moving in the game, that's all they need.

8:25 PM, February 05, 2006  

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