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We Need a New Term for Video Games


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Everyone is trying to get us to go out – or stay – and play. Seriously. Peloton, Netflix, Zoom, TikTok, Amazon, Apple, and Google are either experimenting or going much further with video games.

What’s the matter?

The direct answer is that all over the world, people are already spending a lot of time and money on video games, and both established game companies and newbies alike are eyeing all kinds of interactive digital experiments to get more of our time and money.

I am very pleased with this development, although my passion for video games ended in the era BrickBreaker for Blackberry… It feels like we’re in the process of rethinking what a “video game” is and what online downtime can be – perhaps more fun and social, and a little less passive. scrolling… (Or maybe I come in too much of this. Yes, it could just be about money.)

Whatever the motivation, games may soon seem inevitable… New Zoom features – yes, this Zoom – include poker, quiz and mystery games… Peloton, the $ 2,500 exercise bike manufacturer, is releasing a game that allows the force of the pedal to control the rotating virtual wheel. Netflix confirmed this week that it plans to add video games to his online entertainment service. Facebook, TEC So, Amazon, Apple and Google offer us video games or sell game subscriptions to one degree or another. (New York Times getting more into digital games and puzzles too.)

Video games are big business became even bigger during the coronavirus pandemic, so it’s no surprise that more companies are looking to get involved. Recent report Accenture estimates that global game sales exceed combined film and music revenues. These numbers include sales of conventional video games for computers and consoles, games for smartphones, in-game advertisements, and more. Video games also have cultural significance, as the organizers of the Olympic Games showed this week. with play music at the opening ceremony

Perhaps we really need to change our terminology, because many new digital games are different from how we traditionally define and represent video games – these are the cinematic worlds of the PlayStation or Xbox.

Just as smartphones introduced us to simpler games that take advantage of the unique features of phones, such as gyroscopes and Internet connectivity on the go, many new games blur the lines between video games and other forms of social activity. Pokémon Go, Fortnite and Among us they are video games, but they are also a meeting place for friends, pop culture moments, opportunities for political organization and more.

What’s exciting about many new gaming experiments is that they signal a move beyond the stage where online and smartphone media often reflect what it used to be – many podcasts were like talk radio Netflix was like a TV and online news agencies were like newspapers.

I know that not all games stimulate human social connections, but I feel like something exciting is happening. Moving towards new digital forms that emphasize interaction rather than passive reading, viewing or listening requires more unification.

We’re going to release more sophisticated games based on the latest technology and more stuff that isn’t suitable for video games to challenge our minds, bodies, and social interactions. I am intrigued to see it all.


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