Past vs Future: Video Games

Joel Gratcyk (Daddy's Grounded)

Joel Gratcyk is a social media strategist, father, husband, perpetual student and caffeine junkie. He misses sleeping, but loves being a parent more.

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4 Responses

  1. Chris Hall says:

    My first game console was the Intellivision back in 1981. And my favorite game was Dungeons and Dragons. I definitely think the old games from the 80’s, both console and arcade, are better than todays.

    Chris Hall
    The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy

  2. There’s been a weird resurgence of simple games like Super Mario Bros. Wii as companies started to find that complicated didn’t mean better, and that gimmicks didn’t hold attention. Plus, with mobile app-game sales so high, developers are making sure they cater toward that large demographic in their home console. The thing about gaming systems is that you can only make something look so good. So, that’s why the controller always seems to change. But, though the Xbox Kinect did decently, people have let Microsoft and other companies know that they don’t want to control everything in a game based on motion. That’s not to say that the Kinect hasn’t planted a good seed – we’ll see more and better motion controls, but you’ll always see controller for that core audience that buys the FPS and sports games.

  3. nerdswithkids says:

    I think advancements will slow over the next 10 years. It’s hard to imagine next-gen, or next-next-gen consoles improving drastically over the current offerings in the graphics department when games like Heavy Rain, the new Tomb Raider or the new GTA look so near lifelike.

    With PS4, the goal is for games to look as good as Pixar movies. While that’s a lofty one, it’s certainly attainable, but where do they go from there?

    Although, I could be completely wrong. I’m 31 years old, and ten years ago the best looking game was Viewtiful Joe. Ten years before that was NBA Jam. And ten years before that… Mario wasn’t even stomping goombas yet.

    • Joel says:

      Perhaps I am being overly optimistic about the progress of technology. When it comes to consumer electronics, it is all about cost.