As some of us know, last week, Project Morpheus was revealed at GDC by Sony, and for the past few days, there has been a lot of talk about virtual reality. Now I know that back in the earlier days of gaming, most people saw virtual reality as a gamer’s ultimate fantasy, heck people still fantasize about the possibilities of virtual reality. Personally, I don’t see the big deal about virtual reality, in fact, I can’t really say it’s something I’m looking forward to. I guess you can call me an old school gamer, but the way I see it, virtual reality becoming a standard in gaming is probably not going to happen and I feel that it shouldn’t, at least not anytime soon. Let me explain why by talking about motion controls.
Do kids still play Wii boxing?When the original Wii came out, it was probably the most revolutionary thing around. We were introduced to new styles of gameplay, such as pointing the Wii remote at the screen in shooters, swinging the Wii remote around in party games, and hack and slash games, exercise games like Wii Sports and more. Motion controls became so big that Sony and Microsoft decided to jump on the bandwagon with the PlayStation Move and the Kinect, which I’ll talk about in a second. Now, it doesn’t seem like anyone cares about motion controls as much anymore. Sure the Wii U still supports Wii motion controls, but Nintendo’s focus (at least with the system itself) is on touch pad controls. This has pretty much shown that while motion controls may have been extremely innovative, introducing different genres and styles of gameplay, they are not quite a standard.
With that being said, let’s talk about the Kinect.Yeah… I can’t see Gears of War without controllers being done anytime soon…When Microsoft introduced the Kinect, the gimmick of it was for you to be the controller. You had no controllers, no buttons, and no analog sticks. The problem is that I just can’t see most genres done on it. Let me list a few examples: If you were to play a platformer like Super Mario 64, how would you be able to do all of the jumps and stunts Mario is capable of doing? In fighting games such as Street Fighter or Tekken, would the player be agile enough to imitate all of the fighting moves that the characters do? Also, I would like to see you do a spinning kick without hurting yourself on your furniture or breaking a vase or something. With first person shooters, would you have to duck behind your couch to take cover? Not to mention it is hard to imagine yourself moving around freely without being on-rail, unless you were to run in place. At least with the Wii and PlayStation Move, you had the advantage of using buttons and analog sticks to make some of these things possible.
My point being that certain genres can’t be done without certain controls.Let’s see side scrolling Mario Bros. be done in virtual reality.Now, with virtual reality, it is hard to see certain genres done. Maybe the first person genre, and possibly MMOs can be done with Project Morpheus, if it is using the PlayStation Move, and maybe 30 years from now, some of you will have your ultimate virtual reality fantasies fulfilled when technology becomes advanced enough to where you won’t need the PlayStation Move to move around, but what about the traditional genres we enjoy today?
How will we be able to enjoy such genres such as , fighting games, or even topped-down RPGs?
Most of these genres involve you playing as another character, usually in third person, and sometimes these games involve some amount of storytelling, and a lot of us do enjoy our third person experiences, which I can’t see done in virtual reality.I can see virtual reality being a temporary fad, or being placed in its own category like how motion control are, but at the end of the day, I think what most gamers want to do is play their games sitting on the couch with some type of controller in their hand. Especially since certain genres can’t be done with motion controls or in virtual reality. You can say I’m being closed minded but as I said in the beginning, I’m an old school gamer, so I enjoy classic gaming more, and all of this is just my personal view of all of the virtual reality talk going on at the moment. Feel free to leave comments and tell me what you guys think.The views and opinions expressed on this Article are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the Couchjockeyz.com staff, Volunteers /or any/all contributors to this site.