Pokey-thinky at it's most succinct...first article for a while, life as a writer must afford some time off (of course you have probably been super busy but if my imagination is correct then how was your yacht in the South of France with the nude butler?!) Time is apparently money...LOL
I've highlighted this certain phrase because this is the most poignant in todays society as a whole and as you comment, not just games.Originally Posted by cbrotherson
Is our time so precious that we can't stop and smell the roses when we need to; are we always on the go..do this do that..or are we just wasteful due to laziness or worse, inefficiency!? Is the world we live in really so jam packed and efficient that to look out over the horizon takes too long?
My answer to this...No!
We as a culture on the whole waste more time doing seemingly insignificant repetitive tasks that when something comes along which decrees we get enjoyment / vfm by spending time with it as such, we miss the point of it all - we are convinced that this would be a waste of time or even there is something better elsewhere. It's a paradoxical state of mind to think that advertisers, friend, families, governments, employers and even ourselves are spot-on and we are "always" missing out on something else and propagate this illusion that time is short and we should "always" be doing something else....What we need to do is to stop and smell said hypothetical roses and stop worrying about whether 2 hours or 10 hours out of our life will bring armageddon if we relax but still be productive in a way which is enjoyable.
I have always thought that taking the time to; for example; read a book, be it fact or fiction or play a game; is a productive period comparable to washing up or working overtime to pay bills - in fact I set time aside for it in the main, especially when things are really busy. It doesn't make my life any more stressful and it makes me realise that time isn't as valuable per se as "others" would have us believe. Sure, we can all be busy busy at times but this can't be the case ALL the time, can it..?
I do hope not...
I think that the current games culture - to go back to your original article on the whole - is big enough for us to still enjoy the mini and epic genre of titles - as you have intimated, Nintendo has gone all out to capture the non-player market and entice them into the marketplace with short sharp enjoyable chunks of e-tainment.
Can the games world sustain this? Sure, why not?!
Will epic titles stop being created in lieu of WarioWare 1000. Never, the designers will always strive to create worlds in which people lose themselves - exactly the same as print...they may go out of fashion but dissolve completely...NEVER! [off a bit strong there tiger ]
Epic games, for me, aren't always what gaming is about but neither are minigames! I want ingenuity and interest with a story in my console but also want to switch on piss about for an hour and switch off...! the current crop of ports and shovelware for the Wii aren't great but we will get there, no doubt in my mind.
With the Wii/DS - we ARE getting that imaginative streak reemerging and although the wheel isn't being invented here, fun is! Something seemingly missing from the GC but also from the harder-core machines from my experience.
Although one very clever bandwagon, that Nintendo specifically seems to have built and then driven with teams of wild horses - is the "educational" game [BrainTraining for example] - man, this is sooo clever it hurts..take a games system, which plays games, make a game which pretends to educate whilst having fun - shovel it out to the world, makes pots of loot and sit back smugly...
You are playing a game! Not reading a thesis on molecular symbiosis, curing cancer or helping the needy BUT you will "play it" because it's helping you to become smarter to carry out these everyday tasks which are so important because you time is so valuable....omg I could go on but respect to Kawashima and Nintendo- we're convinced this isn't an apparent waste of our valuable time...
Now where is my DS......