A Few Wild Guesses about 2008
Posted on Wednesday, January 2 2008 @ 12:25:36 PST
With 2007 behind us now, the world and gamers begin anew in 2008. Now, I know that I am not exactly Plato or Nietzsche, but I have a few ideas about what will happen in 2008 for gamers, game makers, and major corporations.
Jack Thompson will develop a deadly Ulcer in March.
With the release of Spore in early March, everyone’s favorite lawyer will rise again this year to attack the evolutionary gameplay of Spore on the basis that it is heretical and offensive to Christians. While he is doing all this moving around the stick wedged ever so firmly up his ass will begin to irritate and tear a hole in his stomach, which will further be bothered by stress and a rise in blood pressure after yet another judge tells him he is wrong. Again.
Game developers will begin to publish games for Mac.
With more and more trendy folk going out and buying their culturally cool Macs, game makers will have no choice but to start releasing games for Macs alongside Windows. Although Windows can already be run on a Mac, life will be much easier for gamers without the skills to do so with a moderate interest in gaming.
Microsoft will continue to sit on the Mechwarrior series.
It’s been six years since a honest to god Mechwarrior game has been out for PC (forget MechAssault), with books still being written in the new Dark Age series with a successful tabletop game, millions of fans still eagerly waiting for something. However, due to the lack of support for the much touted Games for Windows in favor of Halo mania, desktop Mech-Jocks will be left alone and cold another long year.
Duke Ferris will be knighted, show the queen “his” Jewels.
Best Buy and Circuit City will phase out PC games.
With the vast majority of PC games available for download in one way or another, the big electronic companies will abandon already dismal sales of PC games in favor of more space for Macs, Consoles, and other products. Gamers who love solid, tangible copies of their games will be forced to go to GameStop or EB games, who rips open the game and removes the inners (including CD-codes), a dirty business practice.
More MMORPGs will be released and fail by 2009.
Lets face it, the majority of MMORPGs out there just cannot compete with World of Warcraft. Hellgate: London and Tabula Rasa are already on shaky legs, only Guild Wars 2 has a chance against the WoW Juggarnaught.
The sale of monster gaming rigs and uber-machines will slowly wither away.
With the last big computer game, Crysis, doing terrible in sales because of the high graphics specs required to play the game and the lack of interest, most people will be content sitting at home with there old machines playing WoW or current Steam games released years ago (Counterstrike anyone?). Upgrades will be few and far between, with only minor changes to memory and graphic cards to play the few exclusive games coming out on PC.
Shigeru Miyamoto will be Sainted.
It is a modest list of eight for 2008, but I firmly believe the end is near for Jack Thompson, big PC rigs, PC games, the Queen of England and Mechwarrior. While some of that may be good for some, bad for another, everyone wins because Jacky Jack Thompson will be gone.