The videogames industry seems to be debating its future now more than ever. The new consoles aren't so new anymore, and talk is turning to how games will evolve now that the next-gen evolution has bedded in. With the explosion of Nintendo's Wii together with PlayStation titles like EyeToy and SingStar, gaming is no longer the preserve of the hardcore, and thoughts are centered on how to balance the needs of that core audience with attracting as many new gamers as possible – the so-called casual market.
Some industry figureheads reckon that traditional narrative-led game formats are on the way out in the future, and that gamers need an in-built sense of community – the feeling of being plugged in – and to have a say in what they play. Former Sony head-honcho Phil Harrison, the massive brainbox who oversaw development of the EyeToy and SingStar games, thinks that the era of single-player gaming has had it.