Musings of an old gamer

Gamers… where did I get lost? The other day I bought myself a magazine, a gaming magazine. Being slightly more mature now I have not perused the pages of this particular magazine for some time. Nor have I spent any meaningful time behind any type of console either.

In the last few years I have missed out, I have gotten so lost in the fray of new development that I feel like a newbie, rather than alumni. Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining at all. I am marveling at the amazing advancements and graphic and the content!

My last complete emersion in this world was with Metal Gear Solid on PS2… yes, I know it’s been awhile since then! I thought it was DA BOMB!! However, when I saw the clarity and vastness of the new games I was blown away! But what got to me the most was the complexity and intelligence of the intricate strategies and techniques that you needed to be in any way a good player, let alone a master.

I can remember telling myself “just shoot whatever is in front of you John” but now it’s more than just a game… it’s a new universe of complicated intertwined strategies and threats that you must manage on in your head!! No wonder my 10 year-old son can whoop my backside without breaking a sweat!

Gaming theory or strategy has come a loooong long way in a very short time. A good thing I think. As the world gets more connected and races along the technology highway, it’s easy to become brain lazy, more and more things are being done automatically for us by technology. What struck me the most is that being a gadget fanatic, I have just about every little thing that the mind can conjure and money can buy, and its cool yeah? But I realised that I have become brain-lazy because when I played a game with my boy, I had to push my brain to work harder… which made me go out an buy the latest Metal Gear game (PS4) and it was with a sad heart that I had to admit defeat to a 10-year-old considering that he had also not ever played it before.

So, what is the moral of the story, you might ask? Well firstly, I am amazed at the level of lateral cognitive thinking that is required to play these games successfully. If only my little monster could be that cognitive in school work?? Secondly, I am keen to see the VR developments in a format that is more accessible to my humble wallet. Because I think the full emersion is going blow minds more than people are expecting.

Thirdly, and maybe most importantly. Is there a gaming company out there that is brave enough to develop a game that will not only develop the fighting, warring modality, but will push that superior cognitive strategic thinking in new directions for the players? Maybe towards societal interaction or better cohesion amongst more than just the gaming fraternity? Not to sound like an old fart but the world needs these brilliant minds working on the complicated problems of the world.

So… any takers?

This was more of a writing muse than anything else. I’ll start blogging more about gaming in the coming months (I hope). Been playing too much Overwatch lately. Maybe I’ll write about that.