Bushnell: Online gaming is “not cool”

By Patrick Garratt, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:20 GMT

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Pong creator Nolan Bushnell said at a BAFTA talk last night that online gaming was “not cool,” claiming that face-to-face interaction was the future of games.

“Social is buying someone a drink,” he said. “Sitting in a dark room in your underpants talking to thousands of people might seem social, but it’s not cool. The public space is always going to be here.”

Bushnell added that the main reason a Martini is more expensive in a bar than making one at home is because “the bar has people around”.

The pioneer’s current project is uWink, an “entertainment dining experience” where people are able to play games via interactive video terminals at tables.

Thanks, EG.

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