Video Games: Where from here?

The 21st annual
Game Developer’s Conference begins soon. 
That reminded me of an article I read about a year ago, on an
interesting topic. 




First, read this article:




 




GDC Dilemma: Luring the Non-Gamer




By Susan Arendt   
12:30 PM Mar, 09, 2007




SAN FRANCISCO --
As the 20th annual Game Developers Conference wrapped up here Friday, programmers
and designers took home with them the daunting puzzle of how to win over a
target demographic crucial to the industry's ongoing success. And guess what?
It's not you.




It's your mom,
your little brother, your girlfriend -- anyone you know who would never dream
of calling themselves a "gamer," but who, if properly motivated,
would happily spend time -- and money -- playing games just the same.
Developers who never really concerned themselves with expanding beyond their
core audience are now realizing their very survival may depend on wooing
consumers who've never held a controller in their lives.




MobyGames
designer Warren Spector broke it down during his Wednesday afternoon
presentation on storytelling-in-gaming: As games get more and more expensive to
produce, any company that can't crank out a blockbuster is in serious jeopardy,
and counting on significant sales volume from the core audience is a risk that
developers can no longer afford to take. His suggestion for luring a new
segment of players was, not surprisingly, to tell better stories.




"Stories
can be key to reaching non-gamers," he said, "but they have to be
emotionally satisfying and truly interactive."




The problem, as
Spector sees it, is that too much of a typical game's budget goes to flash --
graphics and physics, for example -- which have next to no appeal for the
typical non-gamer. That doesn't leave enough money for those elements that
would matter to a larger audience, like believable characters or realistic
dialogue.




The success of
the Nintendo DS and Wii is due in no small part to the company's dedication to
the "expanded audience," as Shigeru Miyamoto, the company's top game
designer, pointed out in his keynote on Thursday morning.




To illustrate
his point, he referenced his "Wife-o-Meter," his way of judging a
game's potential appeal by getting his wife to play it. If developers want to
expand their audience, Miyamoto said, the one thing they should consider when
designing their game is "How fun it is for people who don't play
them."




Relentless
Software's David Amor knows all about the power of what he refers to as the
"other 90 percent," a number he admittedly pulled out of thin air to
represent the chunk of the populace that doesn't consider game playing an
important part of their lives. His game, Buzz,
a simple Jeopardy-type quiz game that comes packaged with four buzzer
controllers, has sold in numbers that would make any developer salivate.




More than a year
after its release, Buzz
is still selling at full price, a rarity in a market that usually sees a
title's price slashed just a few weeks after its initial release. In a
presentation on Wednesday, Amor was direct with his audience that they needed
to change their attitudes about playing to the non-gaming market.




"These
types of games are considered very unsexy by the industry," Amor said.
"But these games are more important than Gears of War. These are the games your
girlfriend buys and starts to play."




And now, for the discussion topic…




Our article for
this week brought our attention to video games. Specifically, we read about the
desire of game developers to widen their reach to include new audiences,
specifically girls and women. I know that some in our class are avid gamers,
while others don't play them very often. That leads us to the Question of the
Week.




Dr Klatt has
talked to me about the Sim game called Second
Life
. In the Second Life game, you can buy, say, clothes for your avatar
(look up that word) at Urban Outfitters, and they will ship you that outfit IN
REAL LIFE!!! You can read books, listen to music, talk to politicians inside
this game. (Trust me, it's huge.) With that in mind, our question: What is the
future of video games? How will we "play" video games in the future?
Will they be a part of our lives? How can schools benefit from from role-playing
games such as Second Life?




Will I be out of
a job in a few years?




 





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  1. Chen C. says:

    Toot! one about video games

  2. Jonathan L. says:

    Hey look! same time!

  3. Jin Hyung(Jason) P. says:

    Johnathan, i just want you to know that there is thing called seconds. It's smaller than minute and even though it says in same minute, it doesn't mean same time.

  4. Jonathan L. says:

    Do you need glasses? You know my name happens to be Jonathan not Johnathan. It's right over there you know...

  5. Chen C. says:

    Johnathan is better than Jonathan. Hahaha..

  6. Mitchell P. says:

    You say tomato, I say tamatoe.

  7. Margarita(Beech) M. says:

    What is the future of video games? Well in my opinion video games are just going to get more & more challenging.


    How will we "play" video games in the future? Who knows?

    Will they be a part of our lives?
    For some people. Well only because some people play video games everyday so I guess it's pretty addicting.

    How can schools benefit from from role-playing games such as Second Life? I think schools could benifit by the characters & how they are learning in the process.

    Will I be out of a job in a few years?

    No, i don't think so, in that case.

  8. Jonathan L. says:

    #1

  9. Chen C. says:

    im one
    \

  10. Chen C. says:

    I said it first

  11. Jonathan L. says:

    no, it's the same time... :-P

  12. Chen C. says:

    no I wrote it first and I was typing something until you typed something before i did my second one

  13. Jin Hyung(Jason) P. says:

    wow.. you guys really have time for these.. I rather play Counter-Strike rather than arguing over who was first, but!! its pretty entertaining to see you guys arguing. (= (smiley face)

  14. Jonathan L. says:

    I also think you like correcting people too much... Maybe you like being Mr. Smarty Pants then playing Counter Strike... :-P

  15. Chen C. says:

    Actually, I just want to see Jonathan struggle for first. I can't play computer games so this is the only fun I have

  16. Jonathan L. says:

    You know I really don't care

  17. Chen C. says:

    As long as vidoe games don't get boring, I wouldn't mind playing video games for learning. But what about interaction with other people?

  18. Chen C. says:

    I mean wouldn't we playing this at home, not in school?

  19. Jonathan L. says:

    I don't think you'll be out of job becuase no video games can replace you! :-) I guess schools could benefit from games such as second life because it teaches you about what you should do when you grow up.

  20. Chen C. says:

    If it was like runescape or maplestory, then i could live with it

  21. Garrick K. says:

    Jesus Christ... you guys have no life... I bet this is the highlight of your day...

  22. Garrick K. says:

    CRUD!!!!!! I found a text-styled-word..... just IGNORE "ROFL!" in the fifth answer...

  23. Garrick K. says:

    Oh, and technically, Jasmine's first since both of you didn't completely answer the questions...

  24. Chen C. says:

    i did finish answering. If you read closely, you'll understand. If you don't, oh well.

  25. Jonathan L. says:

    I am just bored

  26. Jasmine W. says:

    Pshhh you should join music. Then you won't be bored d:<

    ...Unless you're already in music. Then just keep practicing your butt off and don't become like Kenny. Technically, he's the worst of the best violins... xD No offense meant, Kenny...

    Uh-oh... We're turning Mr. Pasz's blog into a more-than-just-educational blog... xD

  27. Jonathan L. says:

    I'm not in orchestra or band but did play in 6th grade orchestra... Now that I used to be in 3rd chair, and I quit, Mr. D, based on my brother, still telling the class about me...

  28. Jonathan L. says:

    in a bad way...

  29. Jonathan L. says:

    I didn't know Kenny was that bad... He probably focuses on basketball more, that's all...

  30. Jasmine W. says:

    ... Does it really help? O:

  31. Jonathan L. says:

    What do you mean?

  32. Jasmine W. says:

    Probably week...

  33. D. Paszkiewicz says:

    Watch the language!

  34. Jasmine W. says:

    Oops

    :x

    Sorryyyyyy :-(

  35. D. Paszkiewicz says:

    Sorry Jasmine, not you... this is a really complicated string... I was commenting on the top comment, that Garrick wrote!

  36. Jasmine W. says:

    O:

    Oh... :-D I thought you thought "Practice your butt off" was a bad word or whatever... -.-

  37. Sabrina R. says:

    Well, I think the games we play in the future will be played virtually, We already have the Wii, so we're getting closer!! I think we'll still have the same type of video games thouhg. We'll still have fighting and adventure and fantasy and bamboozlers. So that's what i think!

  38. Jin Hyung(Jason) P. says:

    same here dog. well I actually have to do the real educational blog. ok. lets get started.

    1. What is the future of video games?
    hmm.. im my opinion, future of the video games will be a goner!! because like remember how we used to have microsoft 1994 or something, and we had these games and everybody thought that was the most amazing thing that they ever saw, So, I think same thing will happen to video games, but it will kind of take time to dissapear, since its very popular at present.

    2. How will we "play" video games in the future?
    despite the thought that I made in number one. IF and only IF video games exist in the future, I think what will happen is people will actually be in the game and they go through these lifes. It's similar to this manga called Eureka (It's not that famous). Your brain actually connects to this online game world, and you have to hunt your own and raise your level by yourself. Maybe, this might not happen but nobody knows. It's the future.

    3. Will they be a part of our lives?
    Yes for people who have no life and no for people actually have other stuff to do.

    4. How can schools benefit from role-playing games such as Second Life?
    sure(?) ( I have no idea with this question)

    5. Will I be out of a job in a few years?
    Wow, this is funny imagining Mr. Pasz out of job in few years and selling fruits in 210 freeway. NOT!!! Of course it's not going to happen, I learned by seeing carpus that if you have some skills with computer stuff, you can get jobs easily. Because now in this world, it's all about new media which is computer!

    MUHAHAHAHA!! this was fun blog! actually wasted a lot of my homework time. I guess its record to have 31 comments in first day

  39. Chen C. says:

    Yep, its all going to be all techno in the future. Better learn now while we got a chance. We might get rich.

  40. Sabrina R. says:

    dude garrick youre so mean!! My god, can you be a little nicer next time? DANG!!

  41. Jonathan L. says:

    Oh stop thinking about those games...

  42. Jasmine W. says:

    What is the future of video games? I think people will make more and more addicting video games as other ones "fade out", but I think they might actually reuse things because it might kind of be like fashion or whatever... One second, something's "fashionable", another it's not, and after you throw it away, it becomes "in" again... But I think obesity is also going to take over O: Unless they make one of those futuristic video games with holograms or whatever >]

    How will we "play" video games in the future? Weird holographic (right word? o.O) 3-d stuff that you put on a helmet and you can visualize the stuff or something xD

    Will they be a part of our lives? I hope not, otherwise there are going to be some very fat people walking around O:

    How can schools benefit from from role-playing games such as Second Life? Maybe if students study a certain amount of stuff or answer a certain amount of questions, they can get money from it or something...? :|

    Will I be out of a job in a few years? I dunno... o.O But it'd be kind of ironic because you teach technology, and video games are technology... So you'd be teaching people how to work the technology that-- BLAH I'm confusing myself -.-" Anyways, the thing is that I don't think so, because you'd probably be teaching people how to work the video games and things, because how can people learn stuff from technology if they don't know how to use it? :-D

    Sheesh only reason Chen and Jonathan were first -.- was because we had marching practice and Sophia wasn't there to pwn your butts. :-P

  43. D. Paszkiewicz says:

    Passive Obesity n. Flabbiness caused by physical inactivity rather than caloric excess. Recent studies blame much of the obesity epidemic on the increasing amount of time people spend seated — at desks, in cars, and on couches. Corpulence, the theory goes, is the fault of modern lifestyles, not individual behavior.

  44. Jasmine W. says:

    But if everything starts going technology-crazy, then won't a lot of people start just sitting in front of their computers, TVs, etc. all the time? O: I know people would say, "Oh, we have self control..." I say that too, but sometimes, I just can't bring myself away from the computer... >.<

    Plus, isn't the U.S. the "fattest country" or whatever you call it thanks to all the fast food chains? Or in the future will we eat different things? o.O (Am I going too far from the topic? >.

  45. Jasmine W. says:

    Oh yeah and also people might be getting serious vision problems if they spend too much time on video games... O:

  46. Chen C. says:

    no, I would've done it at school or on my DS. Then, you would lose like heck. Wonder what Mr. Pasz would say if I did right after he finished typing it in class?

  47. Sophia L. says:

    i just say my name there while searching my name to find my blog postings.

    ahah.
    o3o

    thanks, jasmine. xD

  48. Garrick K. says:

    1. What is the future of video games?

    I think that the future of video games is in the hands of the major coporations like Nintendo or Sony.

    2.How will we "play" video games in the future?

    I think that we will have virtual equiptment and be able to move your own character, kind of like the Wii except you have control of every part of your character, not just your hands. You'd have total control of your player, which means total freedom.

    3.Will they be a part of our lives?

    Well, refering to my earlier answer, of course. We will be able to do everything and anything, and it would be a great way to stay in shape... just like riding the 10-speed, drinking water, and having cancer =P (watch Family Guy for this episode)

    4. How can schools benefit from role-playing games such as Second Life?

    It teaches the value of a dollar, see how adults live, and to show that life is not as easy as kids think it is.

    5. Will I be out of a job in a few years?

    Well, it all depends if I learn well enough from you... ROFl! Just kidding :-P OF COURSE your NOT going to lose your job. You're great at what you do... whatever it is that you do... heh :-P That's twice I've gotten you in the same question... =\ Seriously, I've actually gotten better at English from you, and that's a great acheivement right there. There I got myself back for you... AS for NMD, I don't know if I learned anything except how to download clips from the camcorder to the computer, but it also might be a result of my short-term memory...

    YES THIS IS GARRICK... NOT SOME HOAX OR PRETENDER THAT USES BIG WORDS... YES I AM CAPABLE OF DOING SOMETHING EARLY... EXCEPT GC'S ARTICLE...
    (Remember the article about text-styled-words appearing in schools for English last year Mr. Pasz? Well, in response to that, I'd like for you to check my response to your questions for any text-styled-words in it and see for yourself that text-styled-words WON'T appear in writing :-) )

  49. Jasmine W. says:

    O: O: O: I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT GARRICK! Wait--does that commercial even make sense? -.- hmm... Okay ignore that >]

    Grr my idea for the future is completely opposite of yours... I say everyone will become fat and lazy bums, but you say everyone's going to become big and buff (imagine the girls xP ewww)... O:<

    Woooooow I can't believe you actually did it... O: Now all you have to do is actually help me for the storyboard... -_-xx

  50. Garrick K. says:

    actually, you won't let me help you...

  51. D. Paszkiewicz says:

    Well done Garrick. You really thought through these answers, and I'll overlook those offhand disses. And thanks for not using IM-speak in your comment. L8RZ

  52. Garrick K. says:

    heh thanks for "overlooking" them :-)

  53. Cheng Chi(Jonathan) C. says:

    What is the
    future of video games?
    The currrent "gen" of games is currently divided for Hardcore and casual gamers and with in the split and it's current future is in the investment of making games for casual and hardcore gamers,example: Call of Duty 4, Devil May Call 4, Halo 3,etc. developers are trying to get more profit by dumbing down their games for casual gamers.
    How will we "play" video games in the future?

    Probably in front of gigantic HD TVs after the government closessignals to other TVs.
    Will they be a part of our lives?

    Only for Casual and nongamers,because the French are currently developing excercising machines where you train, and play against other people.http://youtube.com/watch?v=Rkwm55br2aE ,if you want to watch;mild language
    How can schools benefit from from role-
    playing games such as Second Life?

    Schools can use these to help students interact with technology,or it will prepare students for mind-numbing work in front of a desk once they grow up.

  54. Cheng Chi(Jonathan) C. says:

    Will I be out of
    a job in a few years?

    No, video games cannot be used for teaching or molding the minds of the young even if it is entertaining and will cause the attention span of the next-gen to beas short as that of someone with Attention Deficit Disorder.

  55. Priscilla C. says:

    1. What is the future of video games?

    Video games would probably get to everyone and soon, everyone would be a no life.

    2. How will we "play" video games in the future?

    In the future, I think we’ll use video games to learn in a fun way and encourage kids to learn while playing, although it might be a bad idea….If we play on our own, we might have virtual kind of things. O_o

    3. Will they be a part of our lives?

    It probably will be.

    4. How can schools benefit from role-playing games such as Second Life?

    Schools can use Second Life to teach kids how the real world is and what really happens.

    5. Will I be out of a job in a few years?

    Hmmm, I’m not really sure but I don’t think so.

  56. Laureen M. says:

    What is the future of video games? I think that there won't be anymore video games. I believe that people will create and invent something new and fascinating that video games will be like super old. It's more like a comparison from a box with wheels (video games) to a Rolls Royce (something new and out there. )


    How will we "play" video games in the future? I think that it will be vocally or maybe thinking in your mind. For example, the "person" has to consume 8 lollipops so if you think in your mind, get those 8 lollipops or run in that direction to get the lollipops, the "person" will do all of those actions. That would definitly be interesting.
    Will they be a part of our lives?
    I think it depends on the games that the "people" invent because it is different age groups required and the ratings of each game.
    How can schools benefit from from role-playing
    games such as Second Life?
    To tell everyone the truth, I don't think schools CAN benefit from role-playing. It seems TOO "virtual" for school and education.

    Will I be out of a job in a few years?

    Since I don't believe that video games will "TAKE OVER THE UNIVERSE", I don't think that any jobs will be taken away from our society.

    P.S. (Directed toward Mr. Pasz) You shouldn't think like a pessimistic person! Be HAPPY! :]

    P.P.S. HAPPY TERRIFIC TUESDAY! XD

  57. Suk Ho(Josh) C. says:

    What is the
    future of video games? I'm not sure but i think they would make video games 3D.
    How will we "play" video games in the future? Well likei said it would be 3D and we would have head pods to inject us into the game somehow.

    Will they be a part of our lives? How can schools benefit from from role-playing
    games such as Second Life?
    I dont think schools will benefit from games..





    Will I be out of
    a job in a few years? no i dont think so

  58. Amanda C. says:

    Andy

    1. What is the future of video games?

    I think the future of videogames consists of 3D holographic images and just 'future' stuff like that. There really is a 3d laser hologram system noe, just that it's too dangerous to use without safety goggles and everything.

    2. How will we "play" video games in the future?

    Maybe they would have thought activated gaming systems that you just needed to plug into your head, or something.

    3. Will they be a part of our lives?

    Well, it seems like they're already part of most of ours, so, yeah. I guess.

    4. How can schools benefit from from role-playing
    games such as Second Life?


    It puts students in real life situations(I think)and 'prepares' them for the outside world.

    5. Will I be out of a job in a few years?

    Very possibly. (cough cough)

  59. Ha Eun(Grace) K. says:

    (*What is the future of video games?*)
    The future of our games is that every thing right now we use will be IMPLIED into a game. When we need to study the games might be our study guide. When we need to go shopping they make it a game and click the clothes and your fake character goes to it.

    (*How will we "play" video games in the future?*)
    I think it will involve into everything we do. Its like the first answer i had.


    (*Will they be a part of our lives?*)
    I think that depends on what kind of person it is. If its a person thats open to new ideas and are "hip". It will be party of THEIR life but if the person is more old school i think they would not accept that in their life.


    (*How can schools benefit from role-playing games such as Second Life?*)
    it helps them through the "real" life.




    Will I be out of a job in a few years?
    I dont think so becasue their are more jobs that STAND OUT then just the game company XD.

  60. Mitchell P. says:

    Games are rapidly becoming more like real life. I have The Sims 2, and everyone else who has it knows it is a copy of real life. I just play for the house design. But think about this: maybe people play The Sims to be able to fantasize their dream life: to be rich, influential, smart, good-looking...the list goes on. Are we trying to escape our problems, our own flaws? I once asked a kid I know, an avid Maple Story man, "do you live in Maple Story?" He only replied: "Well, Maple Story doesn't have global warming." So I wonder, are we running away form the world's troubles?

    So my point is, someday we will live in video games, they will be our world. Maybe in the far future Earth will be uninhabitable, so we all flee into cyberspace. Anything we need, just program it, and there it is.

    Here's how we will play our games:

    If you've seen the movie The Matrix, then you know what I'm talking about. Someday we will just plug our heads into our computers (or maybe even our phones!) and have a virtual world layed out in front of our mind's eye, where we can walk around, chat with other gamers, and interact with virtual props, just like the Matrix.

    How can schools benefit form video games?

    Simple answer:

    They cant't.

    And therefore there will still be teachers.

  61. Hin Wai(Jacqueline) L. says:

    What is the
    future of video games?
    ~I think the future of video games would be all 3-D and probably be in holograms, seening how our technology improves so fast..

    How will we "play" video games in the future?
    ~Maybe we'll have eyescreens one day and play in our heads...

    Will they be a part of our lives?
    ~ Of course, present day video games are already part of one's life.

    How can schools benefit from from role-playing
    games such as Second Life?
    ~I guess sometimes video games teach us something that is useful in school...I guess it teaches times when we're in a situation but don't know what to say or do.

    Will I be out of
    a job in a few years?
    ~er.....um.....maybe........*clears throat*..but i don't ThInK so.....

  62. Calvin F. says:

    What is the future of video games? I think people will make more and more addicting video games as other ones "fade out", but I think they might actually reuse things because it might kind of be like fashion or whatever... One second, something's "fashionable", another it's not, and after you throw it away, it becomes "in" again... But I think obesity is also going to take over O: Unless they make one of those futuristic video games with holograms or whatever >]

    How will we "play" video games in the future? Weird holographic (right word? o.O) 3-d stuff that you put on a helmet and you can visualize the stuff or something xD

    Will they be a part of our lives? I hope not, otherwise there are going to be some very fat people walking around O:

    How can schools benefit from from role-playing games such as Second Life? Maybe if students study a certain amount of stuff or answer a certain amount of questions, they can get money from it or something...?

    Will I be out of a job in a few years? I dunno... o.O But it'd be kind of ironic because you teach technology, and video games are technology... So you'd be teaching people how to work the technology that-- BLAH I'm confusing myself -.-" Anyways, the thing is that I don't think so, because you'd probably be teaching people how to work the video games and things, because how can people learn stuff from technology if they don't know how to use it?

    Sheesh only reason Chen and Jonathan were first -.- was because we had marching practice and Sophia wasn't there to pwn your butts.

  63. Calvin F. says:

    i was just kidding this isn't actually miines

  64. Calvin F. says:

    i was just kidding this isn't actually miines

  65. Alexander W. says:

    What is the future of video games?
    Games will get bigger and better and look more realistic, like Game Informer said.

    How will we "play" video games in the future?
    We will probably communicate telephathically with the game.

    Will they be a part of our lives?
    They already are.

    How can schools benefit from from role-playing
    games such as Second Life?

    It is a more interesting way to learn.

    Will I be out of
    a job in a few years?
    I don't know (Most likely yes).

  66. Alexander W. says:

    What is the future of video games?
    Games will get bigger and better and look more realistic, like Game Informer said.

    How will we "play" video games in the future?
    We will probably communicate telephathically with the game.

    Will they be a part of our lives?
    They already are.

    How can schools benefit from from role-playing
    games such as Second Life?

    It is a more interesting way to learn.

    Will I be out of
    a job in a few years?
    I don't know (Most likely yes).

  67. Jonathan K. says:

    What is the
    future of video games? I think that it will be a little more complex than just sitting there with a controller or keyboard.

    How will we "play" video games in the future? I think it would be a little more interactive, more than the Wii.

    Will they be a part of our lives? I think that it might be for some people but not everyone because there are other things to do.

    How can schools benefit from from role-playing games such as Second Life? They can teach you things that you might need when you grow up.

    Will I be out of a job in a few years? No,because you are a cool teacher.

  68. Andrew S. says:

    What is the future of video games?
    What is the future of video games? That's really hard to say... I guess you

    can take it into three directions:
    (1) Video games will become like all the games in the past: obsolete and

    die away in the new fads. In this scenario, the older games will probably

    come back as popular. This scenario will happen if we get some new type of

    game, above video games.
    (2) Video games will just develop slowly like they already are. They will

    just get new technologies, better graphics, and storylines. Most importanty,

    they will only be a source of entertainment.
    (3) Video games will develop into everyday life. They may become not only

    a part of entertainment, but a way to teach in school or "go" to work. In

    this case, video games will continuosly better a more and more important

    part of our lives.

    How will we "play" video games in the future?
    Considering the three scenarios above:
    (1)&(2) Video games will simply be played for entertainment. It may stay

    at simple remote controllers, or become 3D.
    (3) Video games will be played for entertainment, work, school, and

    possibly every aspect of life, even things like going to the store.

    Will they be a part of our lives?
    It is most definately going to be part of our lives. It makes up many kids'

    "lives" (quotation marks because these people have no life). As it develops,

    more and more people will use it, especially if it becomes like school.

    How can schools benefit from from role-playing games such as Second Life?
    If video games can be shaped into school, then the schools will not have problems with lack of materials or teachers. Many problems would arise with this, though. Things like "Every child is different," and not everyone has a computer. What about people's eyesight? What about teachers?

    Will I be out of a job in a few years?
    Depends.
    If video games are going to become school, I don't think it will happen until you're retired. You know, because people have to develop the technology, and fix all the problems, and argue with the government for 5 years, and try the system, and argue with the goverment for 2 years, then try to standerdize the system, and argue with the goverment some more.

    Then again, if you really tick off the principal or Dr. Hennessy, then that might be a different story....

  69. Kelsey L. says:

    What is the future of video games?
    I think later the video games could be 3D and maybe use holograms and let us interact more.

    How will we "play" video games in the future?
    We can use our brains to transmit moves and controls :]

    Will they be a part of our lives?
    They will let us buy stuff and things online.. like Second Life.

    How can schools benefit from from role-playing games such as Second Life?
    we can learn to be more independant and how to live by ourselves, in a sense.

    Will I be out of a job in a few years?
    NO! because there will ALWAYS be more to teach in technology and new gadgets.

  70. Nina L. says:

    What is the
    future of video games?
    I think they will have those holographic(or holograms) in the future. They will have those Wii controllers and you can get out and excercise more with new games. Your eyes might be worse though. Trust me, ever since I started playing MapleStory, my eyes are so HORRIBLE.

    How will we "play" video games in the future?
    I'm hoping that they will have those Wii controllers so we can hit our "enemies" in the games easier. :-)

    Will they be a part of our lives?
    From my opinion, I think nobody can live without the Internet and their computer games.

    How can schools benefit from from role-playing
    games such as Second Life?
    Probably. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with school. Maybe as an adult. I guess you just can learn to live by yourself.

    Will I be out of
    a job in a few years?
    Naww. No way can technology take over humans. What's the point of jobs then? What's the point of life? I think the government system thing will be smart and not let these "robots" take over people's jobs. ;-)

  71. Chun Hsien(Kenny) L. says:

    future of video games? They would become more realistic and part of everyone's lives.

    How will we "play" video games in the future? Without controllers and just like real life.

    Will they be a part of our lives? Yes.

    How can schools benefit from from role-playing games such as Second Life? Students can learn a little about real life, thus, we may become more mature. It makes the teachers' life easier.

    Will I be out of a job in a few years? Yeah.

  72. Sophia L. says:

    What is the future of video games?

    Video games will probably continue to advance and allow us to interact
    more with the game.

    How will we "play" video games in the future?

    I think that the games would be more complex, allowing you to control with not only your hands [wii], but with your entire body.


    Will they be a part of our lives?

    They kind of already are.
    And we all know video games are going to get more advanced so we'll be able to do a lot more things, making them a part of our lives.


    How can schools benefit from from role-playing games such as Second Life?

    I don't really think schools can benefit from playing games such as Second Life.
    But maybe it'll teach kids how life really is and prepare them for the future.


    Will I be out of a job in a few years?

    Probably not.
    Nothing extreme can happen in a few years.

  73. Calvin F. says:

    What is the future of video games?

    I think that the future of video games will have a lot more gore and education(in the same game). It actually makes sense because most people are attracted to gore and people want to learn.

    How will we "play" video games in the future?

    Every video game will have like a virtual feel to it. For example, you plug these wires on to yourself and when you move, your character moves.

    Will they be a part of our lives?
    Like I said, more games will be educational which affects our lives.

    How can schools benefit from from role-playing games such as Second Life?

    It doesn't. Those people have no lives and cannot benefit from it except to buy some "real world" stuff and talk to strangers other themselves.





    Will I be out of
    a job in a few years?

  74. Calvin F. says:

    Will I be out of a job in a few years?

    Yes, I will join those people with no lives.


    MAYBE I CAN MAKE MY OWN SHOP LIKE THOSE IN SECOND LIFE!!!! 8-)

  75. Jasmine W. says:

    ...I think he's talking about himself, Calvin. -_- Seeing as you don't have a job, most people would assume Mr. Pasz means himself...

  76. Sergio G. says:

    What is the future of video games?
    The future of video games depends mostly on the 4th dimension. You are virtually in the game, you feel the pain you feel the excitement. It's like being virtually in the game. I read a book last year, Spy High, and they use this idea of a virtual world.

    Yes they will change our life.

  77. Amy W. says:

    What is the future of video games?

    I think video games will be more prevalent in many people's lives, especially in countries where video games aren't as popular. I think video games will advance greatly, and that they'll become more important to a larger range of people.

    How will we "play" video games in the future?
    I think that in the near future, there wouldn't be any extremely AMAZING change in the way of playing video games. But many people probably hope that there would be some type of new technology that would spring up that could enable the player to be simulated into the game, like they feel like they are inside of the game. Maybe goggles that when you look around inside, it's the enviroment of the game and you are the character! :-O


    Will they be a part of our lives?
    I don't think video games would be a NECESSARY part of people's lives, but I do think that more and more people will develop a semi-obsession (is that a word? hehe) for video games and will spend a lot of their time playing games.


    How can schools benefit from from role-playing games such as Second Life?
    I think schools could benefit from RPG games such as Second Life from games that could simulate a life of a character (supposedly the player/student) starting from a kindergardener to when they are an elder. Academic skills would be needed to succeed in these type of games, for example, the character would take classes at school and if they get good grades, they'd go to a good college, lead a successful life, become rich and happy, etc. This could teach how doing well in school really impacts the type of life one will lead.

    Will I be out of a job in a few years?

    Of course you won't! I doubt that people will start using types of "games" to replace teachers and teach students. Computers have their limits, for they are machines that do not have emotions nor do they understand an actual living person.

  78. Evelyn L. says:

    (*What is the future of video games?*)
    The future of our games is that every thing right now we use will be IMPLIED into a game. When we need to study the games might be our study guide. When we need to go shopping they make it a game and click the clothes and your fake character goes to it.

    (*How will we "play" video games in the future?*)
    I think it will involve into everything we do. Its like the first answer i had.


    (*Will they be a part of our lives?*)
    I think that depends on what kind of person it is. If its a person thats open to new ideas and are "hip". It will be party of THEIR life but if the person is more old school i think they would not accept that in their life.


    (*How can schools benefit from role-playing games such as Second Life?*)
    it helps them through the "real" life.





    Will I be out of a job in a few years?


    I don't think so because maybe something will happen in the future

  79. Andrew(Andy) C. says:

    What is the future of video games?

    Little kids will start xBox 360's at age 6 :-D

    How will we "play" video games in the future?

    Our characters will look just like us in a video game by taking a picture from the computer to the game.

    Will they be a part of our lives?

    YES. I hope so, because that would be so cool if I can get paid for playing video games.

    How can schools benefit from role-playing games such as Second Life?

    Maybe a better education if they teach math in a RPG :-D

    Will I be out of a job in a few years?

    not really. I stopped playing video games to study a little more so I can live a successful life.

  80. So Yun M. says:

    1. What is the future of video games? -(they will make video game that is the third dimension and it feels real daylife.

    2. How will we "play" video games in the future? -(we will probably play with weird supplies.)

    3. Will they be a part of our lives?-(i don't think so. because for people who don't like video game, they won't know about video game.)

    4. How can schools benefit from role-playing games such as Second Life?-(well, i don't know)

    5. Will I be out of a job in a few years?-(i think in for newxt few years, it will be same as now. although VIDEO GAME get challenge, it won't be out of job

  81. Ching Fung(Felix) C. says:

    I think video games are just going to get more & more challenging in the future because of the smart people that make video games.
    In the future, i think there will be a glass and when u look at it, it looks like 3D and they will give u fake guns or other objects to play that video game.
    It depends because some people play everyday. I think schools could and should benifit by the characters and how they are learning during or in the process.


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