TED.com — Will Video Games Become Better Than Life?

Posted by | November 3, 2008

It’s my belief that the future of humanity will be something like the Matrix with friendly AIs, save points, and porn. The reason why I think this will come to pass is I’m a gamer. So many people are playing games these days that the old media standbys — TV and movies — are strangling, starving for new viewers. There are enough people banging about in World of Warcraft that, if they voted together, would not only decide the presidential election but politics for decades to come. We are moving to an online world.

In this video from the TED Conference, David Perry discusses the implications of gaming and what the future may hold for those generations that grew up attached to online, social games.

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  1. Helvetica
    November 3, 2008 3:45 pm

    “Can a video game make you cry?”

    Yes. And that game is named Dreamfall. When video games reach a point where the interaction with the characters becomes so profound that their triumphs are our triumphs; their failures are our failures; we live through their sublime moments, weep with them when they are hurt, and feel loss when they are gone.

    All media that communicate can tell a story. Video-games are no different than books, comics, movies, or the voice of a storyteller in this respect.

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