October 05, 2004

Game Geek Heaven

If you had told me, back when I was playing Star Wars on my Atari, that when I was 29 I'd be playing a Star Wars game with these types of graphics:

star wars 2.jpg

I would have crapped myself in disbelief.

Posted by Ryan at October 5, 2004 04:55 PM

No shit. That's amazing.

And the thing is, it's only going to get better. By the time we're in our 40s, the graphics will be so fucking good we won't even be emberassed about being a couple of 40 year old guys playing video games. We'll be like, "No, dude, look-- you can see the fucking rivets in hull plating!"

The only thing I occasionally feel guilty about (I'm a registered Democrat, so it's my duty to feel guilty about something at least once a day) is that the computing resources the United States has devoted to gaming and digital imaging in the last 35 years could, if more productively allocated, probably have found a cure for AIDS by now.

"This machine is smarter than God. If this thing told me to quit my job and lead a tribe of Ubangis across the desert, I'd have to give the idea some serious thought."

-Sid [discussing the computer that runs his new gene sequencer in the movie Creator (1985)]

Posted by: Joshua at October 5, 2004 10:55 PM

Oh, come on Joshua. Curb the guilt. Advancements in computing and graphics technology go hand in hand with advancements in medicine, genetic engineering, diagnostics and on and on and on. It's a symbiotic relationship: one can't go forward without the other, and vice versa.

Plus, without video games, we'd actually have to go outside and interact with other human beings, and who wants that?

Posted by: Ryan at October 6, 2004 08:56 AM

Yeah, that's impressive. I have been amazed at how quickly the games have just gotten better and better looking. Not necessarily better playing but they look gorgeous.

Only three more weeks until the new Grand Theft Auto comes out and I'll drop offline for three weeks while I play it until my thumbs bleed.

Posted by: Johnny Huh? at October 6, 2004 12:55 PM

Funny. That's what I said about Mario and Zelda.

What will they come up with next?

Posted by: Tammy at October 6, 2004 06:05 PM
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