maca2kx: Vox Pop Winner December 2012
Posted on Monday, January 7 @ 14:51:27 Eastern by Nicholas Tan
December's month of Vox Pop articles represents the past and the future. xDUMPWEEDx explored the history of the CD-ROM and the radical format shift away from cartridge-based systems. I still miss those gray blocks. Though dust had to be blown out every now and then, they had very little loading time and they were sturdy. I'm sure you could stop a mugging with one of them. However, the new format of downloadable content to a hard drive or the advent of cloud gaming may well soon replace the CD-ROM in distribution.
On the horizon are two trends: free streaming as presented by UrbanMasque and Game Companions as presented by maca2kx. Streaming isn't a new thing, but now it's becoming more feasible for more people. During the next generation of consoles, we're likely see even more live streams available. But game companions are definitely items I would love to see packaged in more Collector's Editions. The creation of story worlds are more important than ever and game companions can help immerse the player in those worlds as powerfully as the gameplay.
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