Kojima: "Next level of gaming" Not Possible With Current Gen Tech
“We will keep on making games for consoles and the graphics and sound quality will get better and better,” he said. “But I think no matter how much we improve the quality, there is only so much we can hear or see.
“The next level will be when we start improving the backgrounds, the things you don’t instantly see but enhance the experience. For example, there are leaves in the background and when you water them they grow. Instead of the backgrounds being pre-programmed, they actually respond to what the player does.
“This is not possible right now but maybe in the future it will be, and that is when we will have entered the next era of gaming,” he added.
I have to agree with Kojima on this one. MMOs are a great example of this. You complete a quest and save the world only to have the whole scenario reset within 15 minutes. Characters have no real and lasting impact on video game settings. It can be very frustrating at times. I look forward to the time when my character’s actions help to shape the world around it.