Game designer American McGee (American McGee’s Alice) stopped by Reddit.com this week to answer a few questions from the site’s user base. Among all of the questions about his name (yes, American is his real name), his mistakes (Bad Day LA) and an Alice movie (don’t hold your breath), was this thought provoking query from user MaxFreakout:
Why do you think games haven’t evolved since Quake?
Haha. Excellent question. Honestly, I think it’s an interface issue. We’re limited by the constraints of our input/output systems. When a new interface is introduced we see an explosion in creativity (Wii). What the industry needs is neural linked control systems with direct input to our visual/aural cortex. Give it a few more years. Not only will this improve game design – but I feel it has a chance to save the planet. What better way to conserve than to live a completely virtual life?
What do you think, readers? Do you accept MaxFreakout’s premise? Has gaming really not evolved since Quake? What about American McGee’s response? Will neural linked control systems be the next big evolution in gaming? How would that affect life on Earth? Would it be beneficial? I want to hear your thoughts.
Leave your comments below, and when you’re done, go to Reddit.com to read the rest of this fascinating interview.