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9 Reasons Video Gaming Will Never Die

Wednesday, 30th April 2014 15:11 GMT By Patrick Garratt

You didn’t believe all that rubbish yesterday, right?

Video gaming is not doomed. It will never die. Here’s why.

1 – Free-to-play

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Games. For free. People will never stop playing them. Because they’re free. Even if they aren’t really free, they’re still free.

2 – Everyone plays games now

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The French government said this week that 80% of France’s population played a computer game in 2013. That probably means only babies and mad old people don’t. It’s happened. “Core” may not be the core of it anymore, but that’s irrelevant. “Gaming,” an increasingly inapposite term, isn’t just going to vanish.

3 – VR space machines

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VR may currently exhibit a paradox of, “Wow, this is awesome,” and, “Fucking Jesus my stomach’s inverting and my eyes are exploding,” but general developments adumbrate a future of living awesome lives devoid of the horrors of reality. Only gaming will allow this, being the sole interactive digital entertainment medium. It’s coming. And even if the “games” of VR are going to be heterogeneous in hitherto inscrutable ways to the controller-TV-PC systems bothering us at the moment, games they shall be. Gaming is the future.

4 – Killing people

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Killing people is one of life’s greatest experiences, a little like watching your children being born or getting drunk enough to shit in the gutter outside the pub. You may want to kill people – and I certainly do many, many times over the course of a day – but a lifetime in jail is just that tiny bit too much of a cost to follow through. Gaming allows you first-hand approximation of the snapping of the neck, the bulging of the eyes, the final flatulence of the prosaic goon, robbed, and thankfully so, of his tawdry senescence. All the ninny-nonnies moaning about the adverse effect of violence in video games are ignoring one of humankind’s most axiomatic axioms; killing, fantastical or otherwise, feels great.

5 – Shooting guns

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Come on. Shooting guns is awesome. Nowhere can you pretend to shoot a gun better than in a video game. Pew pew.

6 – PS4 and Xbox One will get going eventually

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Of course they will. In a few years time it’ll be games-a-go-go.

7 – Wii U will get Zelda

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You sit there, replete in your immanence, wanking on about Wii U’s death. Then there’s E3. Then there’s Zelda. Then there’s a price cut. Then you buy one. Shut up.

8 – PC gaming’s exploding!

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A lot of smaller PC games may not be making a lot of money, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t valuable. I sat in a meeting recently where it was asserted that “Steam has won.” PC gaming’s going nowhere.

9 – A lot of people care a great deal

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You see, in a good month we get 3 million people looking at VG247, and we’re hardly the biggest games site in the world. Considering we’re in the middle of console transitions, disc-to-digital transitions and desktop-to-mobile transitions, an awful lot of people want to know about video games. The model may be a little broken, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. TV and music faced similar flux, and you still watch TV and listen to music. You’re hardly about to stop playing games, are you?

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10 Comments

  1. Dragon

    I approve of this article.
    Well, except for factual inaccuracies :P

    #1 5 months ago
  2. Obernox

    awww. the kitty :D

    #2 5 months ago
  3. Dragon

    “A lot of people care a great deal”
    The gist of it really. Many people conveniently forget that even if they don’t care, the world is big enough to have many who do, and they matter.

    #3 5 months ago
  4. mistermogul

    “Because they’re free. Even if they aren’t really free, they’re still free.”

    Heh I’m liking the FTP definition.

    #4 5 months ago
  5. ddtd

    I think #7 is my favorite because, yes, once Zelda is announced and there’s a WiiU price cut, I’ll probably wind up getting both.

    #5 5 months ago
  6. bradk825

    5) “Firing a gun” Shooting a gun would ruin it, or at least you’d have to replace the part you shot. You can shoot other things though, with guns.

    LOL.

    Apart from that little terminology mishap, 9 great reasons!

    #6 5 months ago
  7. Luciferous

    @bradk825 Why would I want to put a gun in a kiln?

    #7 5 months ago
  8. salarta

    Only one that’s off in this list is the Wii U one. Nobody’s argued that a lot of gamers won’t buy a Wii U when Zelda and a price cut both come. No, the argument is that the average consumer isn’t going to care until a price cut and more substantial games, and even then the Wii U will still be in worse shape than its competition.

    The Wii U really isn’t even relevant to the list. At this point, Nintendo can go under and the only loss would be in its memorable industry IPs like Mario, Metroid and Zelda. The loss wouldn’t be in industry staying power and appeal. The audience Nintendo keeps trying to cater to the most would just shift over to PS4 and XBox One in their absence, and Sony’s already made a little headway there with Knack and the Lego games.

    #8 5 months ago
  9. NocturnalB

    Just then, Pat drops the mic, MC style.

    #9 5 months ago
  10. bradk825

    @Luciferous Well, some are porcelain…

    #10 5 months ago

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