Community: Art and the Future of Gaming

Game and art have always gone hand in hand - this won't change.

Game and art have always gone hand in hand – this won’t change.

Games have come a long way in the last 35 years but, as a medium, is still very much in its infancy. Community man, Luke Kennedy, gazes into the past to see where gaming’s future is heading…

Cavemen to Banksy

So far in our existence, we’ve been able to witness several enjoyable art forms. We’ve seen paintings, sculptures, plays, books, movies, music, and hopefully our favorite form of entertainment, games. What makes games different from the rest? It incorporates most other mediums into its production, but not just that. Games, regardless of form, are in their infancy.

The Call of Duty’s, Assassins Creeds, Gears of War, Halos, all attributed to that of the industry, all toddlers amongst men of the art universe. Games, spanning about fifty to forty years, go dawdling idly like children while the men remain an authorial focus. Games, while offering the player interaction profusely, are still in a very single-minded state. Compared to the way in which music has spanned for hundreds of years, (And this is my point), what will games be like in a hundred years?

Let’s look at the evolution of art. We start from the cave drawings (Which you archaeologists apparently find ‘fascinating’), right past the Christian influenced art, (Gladly admired by blind people), to the reassuring renaissance, an ethos of realistic reflection. Games evolution is paralleled to the artistry I’ve just summarized. The generations current stance is in its rebirth stage, an obsessive appetite for realism and ingenuity apparent. The recent announcement of the PS4, accompanied by the many long and tedious talks about mechanics, is the same of what was seen in the journals of Da Vinci himself.

Is this the gaming equivalent to Cavemen drawings?

Is this the gaming equivalent to Cavemen drawings?

So the industries development is clear.

”What will games be like in a hundred years though, Luke?” Well I’m glad you asked gamer, pull over a chair and we’ll discuss it.

Charting The Progress

Going by the aforementioned form of growth, what can be deduced from most games in the distance is that they will be nothing like they are now. Look at the contrast between Van Gogh to Michelangelo  Look at Charlie Chaplain to Billy Connolly. Look at Mozart to Nicki Minaj. Assuming the tides of change well erm, change; we can safely predict that a completely new alternative will occur in the impending world. Sure, some games are very different already. But sailing alongside the curious mind of the homosapien, just how different are they prepared to be? From a personal point of view, I hope not much different.
I enjoy the typical Fantasy RPG. I like games the way they are now. What would fill me with absolute dread is that games will go down the ‘modern art’ route. We’ll be playing an orange square with a goal only to commit suicide. Abstract games, as implausible it may seem to the gaming medium, will come in their attention seeking droves. No doubt there will still be, and with large popularity I hope, straightforward games by which we’ll stick on a helmet and shoot some shit up. Games will evolve (Or devolve in some cases, very much like most recent music) into an experience far more advanced and different from anything we’d have expected. New genres and forms will develop unknown to our small minds presently. So much so I can’t even think of one. The current publisher control will abolish and games will be easily made by single craftsmen/women who wish to express their inner feelings in the form of interaction.
Gaming has quickly evolved in 35 years. Where will it be in 35 more?

Gaming has quickly evolved in 35 years. Where will it be in 35 more?

Video games are, and always will be, about interaction, that is true. They are something we can hold on to, and call our own. That privilege is not available in other forms of expression. So keeping that fundamental ownership at heart, no matter how weird games will be in the future, let’s hope that they will more be ours, and not theirs.

– Luke Kennedy. Give him a follow on Twitter @Pierced_Nipple

Where do you see the future of gaming going? Look into your crystal balls and let us know in the comments below, on Twitter @lowfatgaming or on our Facebook page.

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