From the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/…./the-five-most-disruptive-ideas-in-the-video-game-design
- Procedurality – games could one day create epic and unique stories each time.
- Asymmetry – it’s not about two balanced teams duking it out.
- Seamlessness – old divisions between story mode and multiplayer mode could disappear.
- Performance – Gamers aren’t just players anymore – they share and create.
- Persistance – The idea of cross-platform functionality.
They go into a bit of detail on each but I don’t think they have captured the “most” disruptive.
I think Persistence is right but it’s the idea that things don’t go away. That resources dwindle or buildings that are destroyed, stay destroyed. The idea of a persistent world is enticing in large battleground type games (like Destiny, Halo). It also means it’s on all of the time.
I think another factor is Aggregation – I’m enchanted by the idea that someone will be enjoying building the buildings that others destroy. Or farming the food that others eat. Or even just running the shop that others will virtually purchase virtual goods from.
The last is Fractionial – and this is not a positive thing. It’s almost impossible to get a complete game at a first try these days. Either a game is “complete” but there’s a bucket of downloadable content (DLC) or a game is complete but you have to pay to progress or pay to compete.
I think there is a chance for normalised politics and, dare I say it, progress.
But it is incumbent on the media to challenge our current political demagogues rather than feasting on low hanging fruit.
The contempt displayed by the media towards things that are new, towards talk of hope leaves me ever convinced that they were happier when bombs were blowing people to bits.
And when change does come, they can be proud that their long knives and contempt delayed it by a generation.
Eamonn Mallie started a conversation on FaceBook. I’ve been commenting liberally.
It’s uplifting to hear people from opposite parts of the community say this because it’s too easy to characterise some as being only PUL or CNR. I want change because despite voting for peace, we haven’t moved one millimetre further than the GFA. Instead of an important milestone, it’s become the inscription on the tombstone of our broken society.
We are a common people, divided by our politicians. When I was a child (raised as a Catholic in Lisburn), going out to a bonfire and seeing the bands was normal. Thirty years later and sixteen years after a peace process, I would never go a bonfire celebration despite shedding my catholic identity years ago. It’s been tainted; extremists on both sides whose agenda is not my interest have stolen from me everything I hold dear. They have stolen the Irish language (that I never bothered to learn in school), they have stolen the bands and bonfires with their pomp and celebration, they have stolen any identity I had as a cultural Catholic Unionist and left me disenfranchised, disappointed and angry.
I was at an event in Belfast a couple of months ago and the speaker was Sir Richard Needham. Whatever you think of the man, he said some hard hitting truths. He said we have forgotten that our grandfathers were gods of industry. And he said that Northern Ireland is full of shit but laced with diamonds; and that we have to start finding the diamonds.