It’s staggering how far we’ve come when it comes to video gaming. First it was Pong — now it’s Call of Duty: Black Ops. That essence of gaming has evolved so incredibly that it makes humanity look like a snail in the grand space-time continuum. Who knows — we might see in ten years a video game console that can be implanted into our brains. Look! It’s Super Mario Brothers played inside our minds. How’sthatÂ for virtual reality?
There’s one question to pose, though: has the quality of gaming gotten better? Hmm. Good question.
For sure, your quality Final Fantasy games out there are like custom designed poker tables — and Pac-Man’s basically an old wooden nightstand. Right?
Wrong. When you’re looking for the answer about quality in gaming, know that the answer is this: no. It definitely hasn’t gotten worse, though.
Try any of those old platform games from the past — like Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, Super Mario Brothers. What is the defining characteristic of a game? Think hard….
Yes! It’s the challenge. It’s the ability to spend hours trying to get to the next level. Go ahead and try it: play any one of these classic platform games, and you’ll want to throw the controller at the TV.
There’s your quality right there. There’s programming genius in a game — a game that provides a challenge. Know that the essence of gaming isn’t to be thrilled, necessary — it’s to be challenged. That’s what all kinds of games do.