Thanks to Ombudsman reader Tony Walsh for pointing me to a CBC news article laughably titled the future of games. I say laughably because the article focuses on trends like “online gaming” and “wireless mobile gaming” (a term he uses to describe the PSP and Nintendo DS, and not your cell phone) that have been slowly developing for at least a decade. True, these areas of gaming are only really starting to really gain steam now, but this article is written like they were just discovered yesterday (for the author, this may be true).
To be fair, the article is written for a more general audience than usually reads (or writes) this blog, and the article does have some good sections — it even touches on (and mangles, somewhat) the debate between ludology and narratology. But, for the most part, this articles reads as if the author hasn’t paid attention to the video game industry since the days of Super Mario Bros.
Tony is a little harsher about the whole thing on his blog.
Update: (2/24/05 7:45 a.m.) Link to Tony’s blog fixed.