Sessler's Soapbox: The Future According to Video Games

Posted: February 21, 2012
Sessler's Soapbox: The Future According to Video Games
Adam has been playing Syndicate which made him consider the possibility of a bleak, oppressive future run by evil corporations portrayed in many video games.

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  • Kingstrif3

    whean you remove your self as the her you can explore the world more and see what it is that the hero wants to protect we always think of us being the hero but what about the peaple in the mix games today seem to have a 2d story hero vs outcome but what about 3d open up the world and more in depth story will show up.

    Posted: February 22, 2012 8:36 AM
  • Kingstrif3

    whean you remove your self as the hero you can better understand why or for what reson the hero fights.Making the story richer and unlock new posibilatys.

    Posted: February 22, 2012 8:31 AM
  • Kingstrif3

    i agree as a inde game maker i feel that not haveing a syfi story being so 2d add a 3d story will only make a game better

    Posted: February 22, 2012 8:29 AM
  • DrMorganFreeman

    Wonderful! Any talk that includes a R&G reference and a dig at BCBS is fantastic in my book.

    Posted: February 22, 2012 7:21 AM
  • brtthys

    We should focus on the real matter at hand and get Adam to trim up those mud chops of his. You're starting to look like a Beverly Hill Billy. Just trying to make a little intervention and help you take back control of your life Adam :>

    Posted: February 22, 2012 2:12 AM
  • Fox_Mulder

    Interesting point Adam. Also, LOL @ giving Amalur a 2/5. You tell those haters!

    Posted: February 22, 2012 1:24 AM
  • xplayfan1500

    Another idea I had to maybe help answer your final question. Is to use the Kinect to take me to worlds and places that I can't go in real life. Either because I am not allowed, or because they don't exist. For one example, put me on the decks of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D. Use the Kinect and put me there, just as the average crewman. Let me explore the ship, interact with it, play some of the future games they played on the show. 3-D chess anyone? Now you'll think this is gonna get boring fast. Although you could make it seem more fun by retelling the episodes, sort of. Maybe you play for so long and when a certain stardate comes around the Borg attack. You hear the dialouge and scenes play out in front of you while your virtually there. Maybe you have to do a QTE or something to help. Who knows what else you could do. Sure your not truely living in that future, but it can come close.

    Think of Mass Effect, being able to walk around the Citadel, take a ship to the Quarian flotilla, or the Turian homeworld. Or even Skyrim, if the Kinect is placing you in the world, you may find the solace you seek. Just being the random person there, rather than the center of the story. Maybe some games will change the genre they're in. If I'm just the random person then living in Skyrim is almost a survival horror game. Living in a world with no fancy technology and random dragon attacks.

    Maybe there are some more fun options out there. For instance a time travel sim. Use the Kinect to put me on the Titanic, or in a World War 2 bomber. Make me a builder on the Great Wall of China. Let me walk on the Golden Gate bridge.

    Another example would be to take me to a smaller place. Make me a 6 inch tall person, like Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Put me in a backyard with bugs and objects. Let me experience what being that size is like. What the hell, take me on a Fantastic Voyage. We may not have holodecks yet, however the Kinect is one step closer to it.

    Posted: February 21, 2012 11:33 PM
  • xplayfan1500

    I love your question at the end there Adam. However I think it's really hard to answer, at least for my generation. I think once you hit a certain age, the issue changes. Wether it becomes more about your personal future(ie: career, marriage, kids, legacy) or the future you want to have or see come about. For example after seeing the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car. I wonder about what 2012 would be like if we had kept improving them. Like mobile phones, going from the bricks they were to the i-Phone. Now I want that future for me to live and feel in now.

    As for your idea it certainly opens up some interesting possibilites. Maybe not a floor polisher job in Syndicate. I mean honestly I can't see anyone spending their valuable smartphone battery time. To polish a fake floor in a game. However I think your on to something. What if you got to experience an adventure game or RPG from the perspective of a shopkeeper. That sounds pretty boring to, just think of playing Zelda as that first old guy you get the sword from. Wow, Link comes in you say one line and he walks out. Or look at Mass Effect, if you played as a shopkeeper on the Citadel. All you would enjoy is when Sovereign attacks. After that not much happens, sure random Commander Sheperds comes around and you keep going broke because your handing out too many discounts.

    I know this comment is getting long, but keep reading. What if you could be a part of a game you really like. Suppose a game were to come with some free apps. That could allow you to contribute to a shop in a way. Like being a blacksmith in Skyrim, you could custom design swords in the app. That then gets uploaded to the publisher who then downloads it to the game. Sort of making the blacksmith an ingame/online community shop. All using in game gold or credits. Or with Mass Effect, painting and designing armors or guns. You the designer can than see how often your design gets downloaded. I'm not in game design, and maybe the people at Valve or Blizzard are already getting this idea into play. But if I were wanting to feel like I was living in that world, maybe this is the best way of accomplishing this. I would love to see something I designed being used in the world I'm playing. Think of it, my Commander Sheperd wearing some Xplay armor.. Awesome!

    Posted: February 21, 2012 10:42 PM
  • DarkKirby2500

    Eh, I "feel small" from both the government and corporations as I have dealt with both and they are both equally unfair and enjoy flexing their power over you and clearly let you know that you don't really have a say in what happens and their decisions stand no matter bet, even by lower ranking government/corporate employees who have gone mad with power with the important powers they were given. One of the reasons Deus Ex: Human Revolution's story made so much sense to me (where government was controlled in a large part by corporations) is because corporations do have such a strong pull in our current government and DO dictate much of our government's actions. That's not to say, the parts of our government corporations don't effect aren't any less incompetent, unfair, and ready to show you they can screw with you just because they feel like it, well aware what they are doing is wrong, and there isn't a dang thing you can do about it.

    Posted: February 21, 2012 10:02 PM
  • Theeliminator2k

    How do the floors get so shiny? Easy, Robots. We already have a small robotic floor cleaner, all be it doesn't work very well but in 50-100 years in the future I would think that wouldn't be much of a problem.

    Posted: February 21, 2012 9:45 PM
  • lngun4311

    Try, putting warm towel around you entire head. It sounds ridiculous I know, but I'm assuming the reason your ears are popping is because you are congested. This should help warm up the sinus fluid. To make it flow. It doesn't have to be a towel, just heat up where you feel congested and then try popping your years. Also according to games, everyone has a fetish for the end of the world.... and zombies. I thought games were supposed to depict a fictional setting, its when things become realistic that people get up in arms about everything. Some one should make a game about how everyone thinks the world is going to end, and it doesn't.

    Posted: February 21, 2012 8:30 PM
  • birdykilla

    i think adam looks better now then when he had little blond pieces on top. just think if he'd always shaved the top then nobody would ever no he was going bald.

    Posted: February 21, 2012 8:25 PM
  • birdykilla

    The future looks very bleak when it comes to manual labor. Most jobs have already taken a hit not only from outsourcing, but from automation and technology. If a computer can do a billions times more than a human being well then people are going to loose jobs. Just think about everything that has become automated.

    Posted: February 21, 2012 8:22 PM
  • Canvasgreen9

    Adam Sessler make me horny in my pants!!!!!!!!

    Posted: February 21, 2012 7:41 PM
  • coreyds

    In the future, robots wax the floors...

    Posted: February 21, 2012 7:28 PM
  • flyingchicken

    I wonder if Fox or CNN will bitch about this game for the misrepresentation of corporations.

    Posted: February 21, 2012 7:05 PM
  • therealpuente

    This just means there should be a super busy hospital game where you should take care of all the people who get shot in shooters

    Posted: February 21, 2012 7:03 PM
  • rifleshoot

    lol: we just read ros/guil this last semester, so i actually got the reference! do i feel smart!

    Posted: February 21, 2012 7:03 PM
  • jwayne

    What about the NDAA?

    Posted: February 21, 2012 6:58 PM
  • RookieBrawler

    The reason we don't experience games from the perspective of a custodian polishing the floors is because the mainstream wouldn't find it interesting enough.

    Posted: February 21, 2012 6:14 PM