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.