Has Humanity Lost Its Gaming?


This week I read an excellent editorial over at IGN called “Has Gaming Lost Its Humanity?” It was a great read, and I felt like I learned a lot about just what it means for a game to be human. But as I thought about it, I came up with another question, one that I think is far more important.

Has humanity lost its gaming?

It seems like nothing much has changed in the games industry in the last few years — consoles have bottlenecked video game production values, and so what you get now is about what you got two years ago. But something has changed in the way we play games: namely, that we can’t find them a lot of the time.

It’s a problem I have every day. I want to play a game, but it’s a struggle to remember where I left my collection. I look in the bathroom, under my kitchen table, in the dishwasher and in my dresser, but it’s a no go. Some days there’s just no telling where they’ve wandered to. Usually they’ll end up under my TV stand, but I swear they weren’t there before.

I see this come up a lot with my readers as well; they’d love to play games, if only they knew where they were. In modern society everything is supposed to be so convenient, except for gaming — which feels about like pulling teeth these days.

It’s almost as if our games are running away from us, maybe because they’ve become self-aware and are tired of being used for our enjoyment. If so, how did our relationship with our games degenerate to such a point?

For decades, games loved to be played, but now they’re banding together to escape our grasp. It’s a tragedy, if you ask me.

This is a problem with no easy solution. We’ve got to find some way to get back in our games’ good graces, and I have no idea what might do that. We are at an impasse, it seems, and unless we find a solution soon I fear humanity may lose its gaming for good.

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6 Comments on Has Humanity Lost Its Gaming?

JosephPS3 Dead State

On September 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Has gaming lost its humanity? Has humanity lost its gaming? what does those two statements even mean? I had to look up the meaning of “humanity” to see if its being used in a different way I wasn’t aware of.

Did Phil just finished watching Bridges of Madison County, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, and Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood back to back to back before he wrote this? Where did all this introspective philosophical mumbo jumbo come from?

I find games very entertaining and relaxing and there’s nothing better I look foward to after a long work week or even work day. Simple as that. Yeah as I get older I find that I can afford all the games I want but not the time to play it. I don’t get the same wow or impression from games as I did when I was younger…wow I just had an epiphany-let games be your humanity and not humanity be your games. Ponder on that lol

I didn’t know Phil was a reviewer and a part time philosopher as well.

Phil Owen

On September 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

This is a comedy post, bruh. No philosophy here.

JosephPS3 Dead State

On September 30, 2011 at 2:38 am

I know it was just tongue and cheek Phil, I hope you didn’t think I was attacking you or anything. I was just having fun as well.

Ron Whitaker

On September 30, 2011 at 5:19 am

Pretty sure Owen never gets philosophical about anything but Alabama football.

Phil Hornshaw

On September 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I know for a fact that Phil Owen watches Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants every weekend, right after The Fast and the Furious.

JosephPS3 Dead State

On September 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm

For the record, in case anybody is wondering how I know these movie, my girlfriend has brought every single one of these chick flicks home. I dare you to name a more of a chick flick than these trio…oh yeah forgot Brokeback Mountain and Lord of the Rings.

Just saying these names will put you to sleep and grow breasts- Bridges of Madison County, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood zzzzzzzzzzzz