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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