Are all video games doomed to irrelevance?

A game journalist with The Globe & Mail argues that the medium's obsession with innovation means that all video games are doomed to become dated and irrelevant. From the story:

"...what if Super Mario Bros. had been released today rather than 1985? Would it still have become the phenomenon that it was 23 years ago? I don't think so....

The reason why games don't-and, perhaps, may never-have the same sort of agelessness as other forms of artistic entertainment is that they aren't judged (at least not primarily) on anything as enduring as characters, plot, or writing. Rather, they are evaluated based on elements that are constantly evolving within the medium, such as game design, play mechanics, and, to a lesser degree, graphics....

Each new game is driven by a need to exceed what was accomplished by its predecessors, and only the ones that manage this difficult feat are recognized as masterpieces. But the fact that a primary criterion in our evaluation of a game is the extent to which it innovates and improves upon existing game design dooms these masterpieces to quickly become dated, and, eventually, perhaps even irrelevant...."

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VigorousApathy3680d ago (Edited 3680d ago )

Video games have been around about 40 years and Pong and Asteroids are both classics that any gamer can sit down and play.

Now look at film, who is sitting down and watching any of the motion pictures created in the first 40 years films have been around since 1888?

Consider that books have been around for thousands of years and yet the first novels didn't come around until the 16th century.

I'd say video games are doing much better than the other mediums of entertainment have. And complaining that video games keep getting better seems counter intuitive to me...

Eventually they will get to a point where their evolution slows down to a crawl. But that won't happen until we all have holodecks installed in our homes. Frankly I think that's better than video games already having reached their full potential like television and films have.

P.S. And no I don't think the Godfather films are seen the same when they are watched today for the first time as they were when they were new. The themes and techniques The Godfather uses have been emulated just as well as Mario's jumping in films that came later if not better.