Hey guys, good morning. So, here's the way it seems to be.
We have succesfully arrived at 2012 and we haven't actually heard any GREAT news about games. Think about it. Diablo III postponed, Console to drop out at E3 says cloud gaming developer, Wii U to change name, VITA isn't that great after all,Razer's Fiona (seriously??) etc. Also, with announcements from Sony and apple we understand that mobile gaming is gonna go really high this year. Android smartphones will have their share of great games as well. BUT is that really what you wanted to hear? Where did the games go? I am 22 years old and havebeen playing games since I was 5. I most certainly don't want to read about mobile gaming, nor cloud gaming. I decided to analyse the three general types of gaming I see today and hope to receive some interesting answers from you guys :)
A) The cloud gaming:
For those unfamiliar with the expression, cloud gaming is a new type of online gaming that allows you to play a game which resides inside another operators serveron demand through a client. What actually happens is that the server streams the game on your screen so you can play it. Pretty impressive eh? Or not so much? I'll admit that having the ability to play any game without caring about the requirements on pc is really cool. The only thing you need is a good internet connection and, of course, money(DUH). I seriously doubt it will catch on though. As advantageous as it may be, cloud gaming has serious disadvantages that will stop gamers from using it. Such disadvantages are:
1) Requires fastinternet connection. So if you are facing problems with your ISP at the moment, or just moved in and haven't established an internet connection yet, or having your perfect gaming laptop on a trip etc, forget the games! You may as well play solitaire (if it isn't provided by cloud at that time). And what about the speed? If 100.000.000 gamers log on to the servers to play, what will happen then? Don't want to imagine it? Me neither.
2) Cloud gaming will never reach consoles. Call me crazy, but this is my opinion. I don't care that my PS3 is 40GB. I love my PS3 and do you guess what else I love? My Blu-ray cases! Not because I want my shelve to be full, because a Blu-ray, an HD-DVD or DVD, CD, tape, VHS, will last forever as long as you take care of it. Cloud will certainly NOT be able to provide you with a game for life. We've already seen this with Onlive (popular cloud gaming client). Buying the game through Onlive means that you will have full access to the game....... For one and a half year! So, if you're suggesting that I won't be playing Mortal Kombat, Gran Turismo, White Knight Chronicles, Dark Souls etc in a year and a half then... you need to see a doctor my friend..
3) Continuous personal data streaming online. Why internet? Oh please, tell me why do you need to know who I am, what I'm playing and when, how many hours did it take to finish it and... my credit card number... Why? Didn't you learn from what happened to PSN? Don't you see what is happening to XBOX Live? And you're throwing cloud gaming in my face stating that "OMG, it will be so cool" in these times? Sorry, internet piracy about gaming is waaaaay too high for me to risk constant personal data exchange for single player games. (I'm against SOPA,PIPA,ACTA by the way :) )
So why is it so famous? Am I the only one so negative about the cloud gaming? And don't get me wrong, I LOVE the open-source idea of cloud programming. I just don't think it's suitable for games. At least for now...
B) The Smartphone gaming: Ok, Sweet. Kinda cute actually. I can'tstress outhow many hoursI haveplayed Angry Birds. Or Fruit Ninja. Or Infinity Blade. Yeah, cool minis but that's enough. Playing Angry Birds is different than playing Uncharted and Alan Wake. Playing Infinity Blade is different than playing Final Fantasy. Do you remember when we were kids, 15-16 years old, with our 3210,3310,3410 playing Snake? Did you expect that at some point, mobile gaming would threaten the existence of your favorite gaming platform? I'm not blaming the companies. THQ made millions out of Infinity Blade and it was an iPhone exclusive. When I say millions, I mean more millions than a game would sell on a PS3 or Xbox... So I wouldn't blame THQ for dropping out ofthird development in consoles and start developing for smartphones. But beware Apple "gamers" and Android casuals. You're destroying the handhelds and starting to seriously annoy the big ones! I don't want the gen afterthe next gen of gaming to be about smashing a 7' touch screen! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! Keep it simple, keep it clean. We grew up with our controllers and we don't want them to be replaced by iPhones, Fionas, Droids etc.
C) The gaming as we know it: And finally. Now we start talking about the real stuff. I think that every old school gamer will agree to this: Games today compared to games back in the day SUCK. But admit you are having fun. And you're finding your hardcore game every now and then. And you're wasting your days and years playing CoD, BF, Uncharted, WoW, SC, GoW, Killzone, Forza, Sonic, Mario,and many other GREAT titles we've seen for the last ten years. We may moan about how the new FF is only 25 hours, or how we didn't like GT5 because it is GT2 with new graphics, but we need that stuff! Ok, they need improvisations, but how can we speak of improving gaming when there are developers paying attention to the applestore and Android Market? The way I see it, platform gaming is going to become endangered species given the circumstances. We needcleverly made IP's people! Anyway, my point is "gaming means holding a controller, or a keyboard and mouse, playing a game ON the system that you really like. Not streaming through another one, or touching asmall screen throwing birds at pigs."
I mean c'mon, who doesn't love Dark Souls? Who didn't love Demon's Souls,Ninja Gaiden 1,2? Who's not anxiously waiting for Diablo III? Do you know why? Because these games reminded you of back in the day...Long or really hard (or both :P ) games that require brain, tactics and reflexes.KEEP IT CLEAN WITH GAMING COMMUNITY!
Thanks for the patience of actually reading my whole first new blog post :P