Well its here everyone the day we have all been waiting for, a day in which the physical reassurance of owning a physical consoles and copies of your favorite video games might have to set sail and journey into the deep horizon never to be seen again. The incoming all digital world surrounds us and boxes us in ala Fortnite. Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the next wave of gaming, where digital only is no longer only but video gaming as a whole. Where me as a thirty-five-year-old gamer becomes the elder and with teary eyes stores away my big fat Xbox and my slim PlayStation 4 into the that unused amazon box to keep as a reminder of time which once was gaming. The future lurks every so quietly behind us stealthier than the stealthiest hero we ever played as. To assassinate our memories of holding that physical copy of Halo 2 in our hands, and unwrapping that shiny plastic sheen to smell that beautiful new game smell aroma as it touched the very essence of what is our dopamine for gaming. The digital world looms and with it comes the new age of the amazons and googles of this world. Marking us with a digital print that we carry throughout to keep track of all our data from game purchases to achievements. What does this mean for the collector in all of us? Are we the next VHS in the gaming world ? We have seen with our very own eyes the power that comes with the technology of streaming services vs walking into a blockbuster to pick out that newest release with your best mates.
What we have here is the future and the future although clean and digitized and organized with the ultimate power of Microsoft dollars and google power backing it up, is robbing the very essence of what gaming is all about, and what made me fall in love with it from the beginning. Thats right you nailed it we are talking about social interaction. The times ahead look lonely to me as I see a future where I don’t line up anymore with all my local gamer’s at the local Gamestop to wait for that new release. Gone are the days of meeting those people you never thought existed in your neighborhood in person. And shocking yourself in realizing you are not the only gamer in your small town that has a hidden love for Syphon Filter still. Instead we are now masked with new PSN names finally, thanks Sony. There are so many reasons how going all digital for gaming can kill what makes gaming so great. While there are many reasons why it will make gaming bigger than ever. But to the individual like myself who grew up counting the days to line up and meet new friends and gamer alike I see only dark times ahead. And look forward to reading the incoming articles of the last Gamestop still open. Only time will tell what true digital and streaming will do to gaming. But in the mean time I’m going to go glance over my achievements and trophies and gloat about them with my imaginary video gamer friend sitting next to me in my room. Asking me if I want to go buy some Mountain Dew and pick up the new Halo.