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Expand The Future Of Gaming?
Jun 2nd, 2009 1:30 PM, 2 comments
It's that time of year again -- E3 is here!

Microsoft slayed us again with their offerings. Nintendo's press conference was a 90-minute snooze fest. And Sony has yet hold theirs (30 minutes away).

Nintendo and Microsoft seem pretty interested in getting you off of your couch to play video games. Nintendo with their Wii, Wii Fit, and now Wii Motion Plus and Wii Fit Plus. And on the other side, Microsoft with Project Natal (what I would call their answer to the Wii). This is, I guess, the obvious next step in video gaming, but I feel fairly confident that it will be a fad. I mean, if you really want to be active, isn't being active outside in the sunshine and the fresh air, miles better than being active in the confines of your living room? I'll admit I had some fun with Wii, but it didn't last more than a year (if even 6 months). And call me skeptical, but I just don't see Project Natal being all that great at launch either (the proof is in the pudding... pretty hilarious).

It's ironic to me though, that we're currently in a position where companies are touting the next-generation of video games to be ones where the players are physically active. I mean, it seems like a silly step to go from video games you play with your hands and fingers, to games that you play with your arms and legs, to games you play with your entire body, to what will obviously be the final-generation of video games... the kind you play with YOUR MIND (flight stick not required).

Seriously, how long am I going to have to wait to play true virtual reality? The type of shit you saw in The Lawn Mower Man. How long do we have to wait for that? Until then, I'm sticking with hands and fingers.
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