Since fairly early on in the history of the universe, evolution‘s been hard at work. The exact point at which evolution came into effect and what it means varies depending on those you ask. Some say it started when Adam and Eve were burying dinosaur bones and joking about how it was “really going to mess with their heads”. Others say it began with life and only pertains to life (that’d be Charlies model) adapting to the surrounding environment. I myself believe it affects all things as anything bound to time is bound to change over time.
One such example of this is the evolution of humans. Dramatic physical mutation is frowned upon by society. If you’ve got an arm growing out of your head it may be really handy (no pun intended) for gathering fruit from trees or holding an umbrella or any number of other things. Society however would view it as a defect, something that needed to be “put right”. As such, rapid physical evolution is no longer viable. Mental evolution is (and has been for some time) the future of the species. The tools we create are what allow us to adapt/expand. As such, videogames can be used as a small measure of the evolutionary progress humans have made.
That all sounds great. It’s nice to know that games are just a reflection of humanity’s ability but sadly there’s more to it then that. For starters, it’s an industry and therefore involves money. Now while money isn’t inherently a bad thing it does tend to bring out the worst in some people, leading to no end of BS and unethical behaviour. This can range from lying about their product to lying about a competitor’s product to making all versions of the product as close to identical as possible.
It doesn’t stop at those creating the games or hardware either. Parasitic media outlets also try to “cash in” using underhanded means to receive payment in the form advertising revenues. Sometimes companies involved in the publication of games use this fact as leverage to censor information (bad press) that may affect their (publishers) income.
Further exacerbating the problem is no shortage of truly mindless cheerleaders. Eager to mislead, insult and annoy anyone not of the same persuasion. It really is sickening. None of which lead to an evolution of the medium. All it leads to is stagnation and disillusionment.
I think what all the companies and cheerleaders need to remember is that there’s a word for not being able to evolve at the rate of your surroundings. It’s "extinction". Yes companies are a reflection of human evolution too and bound to the same rules. Trying to slow evolution down too much can only ever end badly.
I wonder if anyone told them that.
"The Dallas-based (Texas, the US) video games publisher Apogee Entertainment and Šempas-based (Slovenia) indie games developer Emberheart Games, are today super happy and proud to announce that their retro FPS spellcaster "Wizordum", is coming to PC via Steam EA on November 15th, 2023." - Jonas Ek, TGG.
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