Kojima: "Next level of gaming" Not Possible With Current Gen Tech

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima believes that video games can’t reach the “next level” with current gen consoles. Improving graphics and audio can only propel games so far.

“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.

via CVG

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5 Comments on Kojima: "Next level of gaming" Not Possible With Current Gen Tech

Aristotle

On July 21, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Someone’s asking for the banhammer. *chuckle*

Though I agree with Kojima. Crytek is trying some of this with their algorithms regarding environments, plants that grow/are generated differently each time, et cetera. Though everyone knows that you need some alien supercomputer from space to run Crytek software—well.

SaloMaya

On July 21, 2008 at 9:28 pm

“I look forward to the time when my character’s actions help to shape the world around it.”

There is such game… it’s called EVE Online…

Shawn Sines

On July 22, 2008 at 5:40 am

@solomaya: It does, that’s true, but what stops EVE from being a compelling game for me is its community.. it is not very welcoming to new players in my experience.. your seen as easy fodder/food for larger corporations unless you get into a social group quickly. I think it takes that aspect a little too far and it plays a bit too much like an economics project with pretty graphics but I know a lot of people really really like it.

saint

On July 22, 2008 at 6:12 am

Obviously Mr. Kojima hasn’t heard of STALKER.

The consoles may be limited, but certainly not the PC.

Steve

On July 22, 2008 at 12:57 pm

+5 Xp to industry PR teams weilding seductive paper launches

0 Xp to envelope busting video game auteurs & connoisseurs alike