It’s a funny thought really, isn’t it? Walking a Dinosaur I mean. It sounds ludicrous doesn’t it? Who in their right mind would even think of walking such a beast? (Well, okay besides Fred Flinstone or our little friend in the picture above that is.) But if such a concept is ludicrous, then why do we still insist on playing games on our PCs?
Trust me, I’m not just expressing sour grapes here. But go ahead and call me an elitist, traitor or even a traitorious old dorf who’s time has past! But bear with me and I think by the end of this post you’ll either agree with me or at the very list walk away with food for thought.
Overview of Gaming Today
Let’s take a short overview of gaming today. Basically, if you like gaming, ANY type of games, you’re sure to find a platform and game for you. Like word games? Then how about Words With Friends? (You know Hasbro is scratching their heads wondering how Scrabble lost out to this upstart!) If Arcade Games are more your style well, you’ll be happy to know Atari has made all of your favorites available!
All of these are available for you to play by yourself or with your friends. You can play them on everything from dedicated devices, handhelds, tablets, phones, and yes PCs and Consoles.
Truly the gaming world has never experienced such a cornocopia of choice gaming options.
And there’s the rub, there’s just too many gaming options today. So many in fact that game night has become as complicated as deciding which fork to you’re suppose to use at a fancy french resturaunt. (Hint: Work from the outside in.)
The Problem With Too Many Choices
Let’s face it, people hate complications. And there’s nothing people hate more than being forced into making choices. Reason being, most of the time we feel we’re always making the wrong one!
Nothing highlights this more than the gaming communities insistence on playing games on their PCs. (And to be clear, I don’t just mean Windows PCs. I mean ALL PCs, including Apple and Linux machines)
Sure, in the past gaming was a major reason we’ve seen the developments in Personal Computers so far. Storage, Graphics, and Sound have all dramatically improved to the point that playing a cartoon character is no longer just a series of choices, but a seamless flow of people and realistic cinematic scenes.
But is that really the role PCs should play in our future? Or maybe we should look at gaming for what it really is, entertainment. And if that’s the case, maybe we should look at it being a consumer device. Maybe not one just for gaming but for all our Entertainment needs. This would then relegate the PC back to doing what it does best, computing.
Predicting The Future
Every great Science Fiction writer envisioned a future were everything was driven by an individual’s desire to access information and entertainment from the devices around them. Every great Science Fiction Visionary has envisioned some version of this desire.
And just as it is in the Science Fiction community so has it been in the Technology world. Steve Jobs may get all the credit for bringing the consumers a device to realize their entertainment dreams, but it was another Founding Father of Personal Computing that first expressed this concept. Yep, that’s right William Henry Gates III or as you might better know him, Bill Gates.
Back in mid-90′s Bill Gates wrote a book called The Road Ahead. Where Gates shares his visions for the future. And way back then he was already looking at the home and entertainmnet being a central driver for techonlogy. PC were were still around, but their function was more menial and trivial. No longer being the driver it is today, but more of a convient method for data entry.
Pulling The Plug
This brings me back to why I think the PC Gaming Industry is really on life support and Gamers just need to go ahead an pull the plug. We should put an end to our own misery.
Why should we be forced to choose between PC or Console? Consoles are designed for Entertainment. The same box that can play your DVDs, Stream Live Events and Music can also play games. Not only that, consoles that cost under $300 can seamlessly allow voice and video communication while playing games that would force everyone to pay at a 2x’s, if not 3x’s that for a computer to do the same.
Why? Why must we continually accept substandard graphics, performance for our entertainmnet dollar, when we could achieve and progress so much further? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.
So I ask you, my brothers and sisters in the gaming world, why do you insist on playing PC Games? Or have you like me decided to pull the plug and are now looking foward to the future of console gaming?