“In the near future, we’ll have games that don’t depend on any platform.” Hideo Kojima, the man responsible for bringing us the Metal Gear saga, claims that the console is on its way to obsoleteness. “Gamers,” Kojima continues,” should be able to take the experience with them in their living rooms, on the go, when they travel — wherever they are and whenever they want to play. It should be the same software and the same experience.”
Hideo Kojima poses a very bold and different approach to the future of video games. Can you imagine gaming without consoles? Moreover, is such a vision possible as gaming stands now? If you think about the history of video games as we know it, the industry is fairly young. It certainly doesn’t have the rich history that accompanies music and literature. The origin of the video game can be traced back to the 1940′s, but the foundations of the video game industry weren’t laid down until the 1970′s.
My point is: as far as pastimes go, the video game industry is fairly young. Forty years under the belt, and so much has happened already. The demographics of video games do not exclusively include children, but people of all ages now. Many people are finding the appeal in games; some pick up a game for educational reasons, some for health-related reasons, and most just for the entertainment value. Consoles have shown no signs of slowing down their sales. Plus, consoles seem to be so characteristic of video games. It is a trait with which we are all familiar with. At this rate, if the future plays out as Kojima predicts (i.e. there will be one software that meets all the needs of gamers), will gamers be ready to accept such a change? What do you think?