I didn’t watch the Xbox One reveal press conference but my twitter feed told me all I needed to know. So I tweeted a few things after being inspired by Sony’s focus on specs a while back during the PS4 reveal and now the new Call of Duty game having a playable dog before having a playable female character.
There’re more animals in games than ethnic minorities, women, LGBTI persons. Next-gen shouldn’t be about hardware; it should be about people
Who gives a shit how many polygons are being rendered if major chunks of the population are non/under-represented or can’t connect to chars?
Less shaders, less CPU cores, less social networks. More games that pass the Bechdel Test. More games that don’t exploit racial stereotypes.
Next-gen is Apple letting developers sell critical, thought provoking games on iOS. Next-gen is games as more than distractions. Next-gen is a different way of interacting with, thinking about, and designing games. I’m not sold on next-gen meaning more, better graphics. No thanks.
Microsoft. Gamify human decency. Make it a 10K-points Achievement to never say a racist/sexist/bigoted thing on Xbox Live. Verify w/ Kinect.
Actually that idea is philosophically really gross, but still sounds like a fascinating academic exercise in study of human social behavior.