3DS is around the corner. Perhaps a new Wii is too. But in ten years, will they matter? Who will care about your Xbox 360 achievements, your PS3 trophies, your complaints of Wii’s lackluster online services? How many more times will Mario save Peach, Link save Zelda and Samus save the universe?
Let’s look out even further: imagine twenty years in the future. Will Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo still be the dominant companies in video games? Or will Apple rule the roost with a new all-in-one home device that syncs with an all-in-one portable device with a holographic display? Will there be only an online service to purchase limited-time licenses and a universal controller to play any Nintendo/Sony/Microsoft/Apple games? Will we even be holding controllers anymore? Will there be retail game stores you can walk into and buy a tangible copy of the new game you want? Will all our games be rated by a government agency? Will video games become the domain of aging adults, hanging out to a decades-old pasttime that’s grown out of vogue, like Backgammon and Cribbage?
There’s no way to tell, but we’ll have fun making guesses this week.
Issue 18: Gaming in the Year 2032
The Console Wars of 2032 by Matthew Tidman
We bring you a missive from a future that might be.
Review: Geriatric Snake! by Aaron Roberts
Find out how Snake’s latest (and oldest) adventure stacks up.
Nester64x: The Nester Who WILL Be King by Nester64x
Nester reveals his plans for his inevitable term as Nintendo CEO
Dystopian Gaming by Andrew Hsieh
Nintendo’s got a treasure trove of games already, but there’s still a few lost gems out there that’ll need revamping by the year 2032.
Hot Air: Futured by Aaron Roberts
The most important timeline in video game history.
Pokémon Genetics by Adam Sorice
Why catch ’em all when you can have them all? Breed your own Pokémon buddies!
Let’s Do the Time Warp by Andy Hoover
In twenty-two years, gaming may not have the same favorites you know today.
Additional features in this issue…
- Nightly News Roundup by Carter Fagan
- Nightly News Roundup by Abhinay Sawant
- Dojo-Show-Go! Episode 111 by M. Noah Ward
- Nightly News Roundup by Evan Campbell
- Nightly News Roundup by Andrew Hsieh
- Nightly News Roundup by M. Noah Ward
Coming Up Next Week…
Issue 19: Casual Sects
Nintendo has worked hard to get non-gamers into the fold. We take a look at what’s worked, and what hasn’t.