Games are in a constant state of flux, and I love it
The video game industry changes a lot, and it’s always looking forward. It’s that time of year again when we’re all excited to see new trailers, and we’re not thinking about the future in terms of days, weeks, or months, but the future. years, With each new title released, we look forward to seeing how the graphics, gameplay, story, art and music are taking the game even further, showing us something the medium has never done before. has done. The constant noise for new consoles became even more prominent with the lack of new hardware from the ninth generation.
A constant force is driving us forward, and while that is exciting, my passionate side wants to slow down a little and smell the roses. I only a. Gets whiplash just by looking side by side of video game graphics from almost thirty years ago. That’s probably why I’ve been playing so many casual community simulators lately.
The future of video games is tentative
This sentimental mindset has made me think about how temporary and temporary games can be. i compared Video Games for Live Theater First, because live performance is our sport’s closest cousin. There are lots of reasons for this, but what I want to focus on here is that, how every performance of a play, musical, show, etc. will be unique to another, no two plays of one game will be exactly the same.
Just as different actors playing famous roles like Hamlet would personify the same character in a way that only they could, different players could ever so slightly alter the most linear of a game’s stories in how they like to play.
acting in our own play
A classic example of this is the pacifist-versus-massacre of a stealth game, which in some cases can have a “good” or “bad” ending. While most of the character may be set in stone, players still have the ability to change how they approach that story through gameplay. Is your character a ruthless killer who gets into blazing guns? Or are they dedicated to staying as peaceful as possible, rather than leaving all enemies behind? Do they attempt to avoid fatal blows to the best of their ability, only to make a mistake and lead the character to make reprehensible choices?
Not only is the player acting out a character’s story in his or her interpretation, but their “performance” is over and done with the finality of the curtain falling at the end of a play. What’s even more cool about games is that you can do this an infinite number of times, resuming a checkpoint if you want. Unless you’re frame perfect, even the most choreographed speedrun routes will never be the same. Things can only get even more interesting from here, with the future of video games looking towards better AI and procedurally generated content.
a race against time
Of course, there’s also a downside – the fact that we’ve been losing hundreds of games in history because of the gradual degradation of hardware. Old games and consoles are literally rotting, and the thought makes me incredibly sad. Books are able to survive for thousands of years because all you have to do is open and boom, you are getting the full experience.
It seems that the more complex our media becomes, the harder it is to ensure that they are around more permanently. The film industry is also dealing with this problem dismantle film reelsAnd the games are right on their heels as important pieces of early gaming history are being lost. poor storage conditions And rotting plastic,
Fans on the internet are doing a really great job of archiving game content online with ROMs, but sometimes you can feel like you’re missing out on the whole experience by not playing a game as it was originally intended. . Plus, legality is always a little iffy – companies prefer Nintendo ROM sites are notorious for being raided.
It takes a lot of different forms, but there’s really something about games that makes them constantly change and evolve, for better and worse. While we may be in danger of losing some truly amazing works of art (some Archivists are getting better at the fight), something really encouraging how this industry continues to grow all the time. Sometimes I find it exhausting, but the optimism of always expecting something exciting around the corner is a reason to love the games that I keep coming back to. Personally, I think the future of video games is looking bright.