Make it all new – Disrupting video game systems

These days i´m getting more and more interested in PC- and handheld-gaming. I still have console games that i´m anticipating, but those titles can be counted with one hand. Why is that so?

What makes PC-gaming interesting is that you´re always connected. Be it playing an online-game or playing offline and having ICQ, you always have contact to your (e-) friends. With handhelds, it´s that you´re always free to go whereever you want. Not being hold captive by your TV. You can play on your couch, on your way to school, at work, whatever. There are games where this advantage plays a big role in the game´s overall quality, like Animal Crossing.

So these are two concepts i REALLY like. And i´d like both at the same time. As usual, i have no idea how feasible, how far from being possible from a technological point of view. But this is how i imagine my perfect video game system:

The system itself is small enough to fit in the pocket of your jacket. In terms of specs, it should be around 360-visuals level. Now on to the more futuristic stuff: Instead of a monitor/tv, you´d have a visor. Said visor would be semipermeable for allowing looking at your game AND your way while out in the city at the same time. Controls would consist of two data gloves in the vein of Minority Report. Additionally, you could also use a wireless classic controller. That concept would not only make for a portable console, it´d also make a great business machine, replacing a heavy notebook. By being so portable and versatile, this system could become a common gadget for anyone. By making use of wirless connection to the internet, you´d also be always in touch with your friends. And last but not least, game concepts could evolve into something completely different, where the player isn´t bound to be at home in front of his TV in his limited free time, but is always in touch with his Virtual Reality”. Games that break out of their virtual state and fuse with your real life could come into existence. For example you´re on your way to work and your gaming device rings; it´s a friend calling for immediate support in battle against some monster (if it´s some kind of MMORPG), and you simply hop into the same game and help him. In other words: Gaming would become more casual, but not casual in terms of accessibility, but in terms of “when do i game, when do i not”, as it makes this boundary blurry, both VR and RL would start to overlap. Sure, similiar game concepts can be done with a stationary system, but then we´re back to being hold captive in fron of the TV.

In terms of hardware, that´s really what i´d love to see. Though, of course, i´m not optimistic enough to waste any bit of a thought by holding my breathe…*sadface* Then again, handhelds have taken over in Japan long ago…

PS: I can already imagine some people to say “wow, what a nerd. Get a life”, so here´s my reply: I love fantasy. I love how most video games feature fantastic abilities that we´ll never have in real life. But by integrating such hightech into our lives, we could create something akin to magic…only based on technology. FFS, i´m sure there already are games or anime that have the same basis for their “magic system”. If you´re content with your life, that´s great, but i´m too tired of all the daily tasks and social life, and creating something close to real magic sounds interesting…to me at least.

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8 Responses to Make it all new – Disrupting video game systems

  1. wat says:

    no thanks, i like being able to keep a view of my surroundings while playing on my handheld
    also, i’d rather enjoy my games on my huge tv anyway, handheld is always second choice for me

    oh and btw, on xbox 360, you’re also always connected to your friends, as good or better than on pc

    • mfauli says:

      You do realize that i wrote about that concept including a visor? That would give you a screen bigger than any existing TV. And you could play at home as well, it doesnt limit you to any kind of place. Just saying…

      • wat says:

        yeah but i like being aware of my surroundings at home as well
        maybe i’m just paranoid but the idea of a fullscreen visor blocking out all of my surroundings does NOT appeal to me at all
        not to mention gaming with a visor in public, you would miss your station on the train, you could easily be mugged, etc etc
        a horrible concept for a handheld
        also, splitscreen gaming with friends rocks more than sitting side-by-side, everyone with his visor…
        not to mention all of that motion sickness stuff
        sorry, if there’s one thing video game history has taught us, then it’s that visors are the devil’s work

      • mfauli says:

        its natural that many people wont like something like that so im not going to talk about opinions. just one thing: i wrote how that visor would be semipermeable, so you could se both game and your surroundings. its scifi-talk, i know, but please read properly.

  2. wat says:

    yeah, that semipermeable stuff sounds real neat…NOT
    keeping track of your surroundings AND the game at the same time, that’s insane
    the human brain isn’t built for this shit and it will inevitably lead to motion sickness

    • mfauli says:

      well, im not talking about “playing while walking”. But that isnt a good idea even with a normal small-screen-handheld, is it. But i think it´d be totally possible when you sit down in train and can still watch your surroundings from time to time. Really, the most important point of this concept is to free the player from having to sit in front of the TV. Want to play? Just do it.

      • wat says:

        maybe that visor concept sounds neat to you, but most people will view it as geeky and rightfully so
        imagine wearing a semipermeable visor in public so your nerd friends can call you to help in wow while you’re dating a girl…lol
        how about just taking your handheld with you if you plan on playing, instead of bringing a clunky visor with you?
        want to play? just take your handheld out
        oh and who really needs to be able to play all the time?
        between this and your other column about how you’re not going to be alive to see the sequels to your favorite games (i mean, SERIOUSLY? you ain’t got any other problems than “oh noez i wont be able to play FF XXV”), i get the picture of a desperate nerd, i’m sorry to say (oh and i’m totally aware of the irony that i’m writing this statement on a saturday night when most people are out with their friends)

      • mfauli says:

        im sorry if all those concepts im talking about sound too nerdy. But i never expected something like this to be realized anytime soon. It´s just a concept for the future. And im sure that visors wont remain “geeky” forever.
        And yes, i have other problems than worrying about future game sequels, but i thought one could bring something like that on topic, at least once.

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