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Is this taking gaming too far?

January 12, 2011

 

Gamer's Hell

Gamer's Hell (from kotaku.com)

I’ve never been a really big video game player. When we were younger, my sister and I had a Commodore 64, Atari, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Gameboy and a bunch of handheld electronic games. We didn’t play them nearly as much as other people I knew, and we never upgraded beyond that. Currently, I have a Wii (and yes, I still have the SuperNES and Gameboy), but still don’t play all that often.

There are many people around the world, however, who spend a great deal of their time gaming. There’s something for everyone: Rock Band for music fans; World of Warcraft for fantasy buffs; Little Big Planet for creative, social players; countless sports games for athletic enthusiasts… the list goes on and on. I can understand how people could get sucked in, and how it could easily end up becoming more than a hobby for people with addictive personalities.

Even though I have long been concerned about the time people spend on video and computer games, things seem to be reaching new, horrifying heights.

The always innovative adult entertainment industry pounced on the new XBox 360 Kinect system, developing a way to use the motion detection software to simulate sex acts. Just what people really needed – interactive porn. Lovely.

And apparently, the average person’s attention span is so short that they even need amusement when using a restroom. Seriously? Are we that desperate for entertainment that we need to, as this article so delicately puts it, be “a first-person shooter” in the bathroom?

If these two developments are really in demand by international gamers, then I may be ready to give up on the human race altogether.

What are your thoughts on the current state of the gaming industry? Please join in this conversation and help me wrap my head around all of this.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for your reply, Ian! I agree with you on the smartphone front, and would like to add another point to your argument. Since every other aspect of our lives (work, home, etc.) is so saturated with technology, email and the apparent need to be in constant contact with everyone, I think it’s important that people be able to step away from that for at least a little while to clear their head and just disconnect.


  2. I tend to not get involved in video games but on second thought I might enjoy new ones if I choose them very selectively. I tend to believe that the quality that was in old games basically isn’t in new games. That the simple graphics of Super Nintendo was close enough to arcade games of the time, and that the games had game play and a sort of quality that can’t be found in ultra violent games (which are horrible) or ultra realistic sports games. It was better to play a baseball game with more simple graphics. I felt like I could control the character in the game in an accurate way. But when the graphics get too complicated, what you do with the controller always seems like a high definition yet still inaccurate version of what you were trying to do.

    I have my super nintendo, it boots up.

    I also tend not to get involved with smart-phones. Which makes me universally lame by everyones standards. With a computer at work and a computer at home, I don’t understand why a smart phone is a must have item. Maybe I’ll change my mind someday, but smart-phones always lock you into a data plan. My IBM PS/1 from 1993 also sent email, without a data plan. Makes me tend to feel that smart-phones are just hi-tech unneeded versions of the same old tools I already had.



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