Sunday, July 10, 2011

MAS's Rants in under 500 Words: Console games are dying!

How is it going everyone? This is MAS8705 and this is my “Rants Under 500 words.” I have to say, this has been fun so far having these discussions and challenging myself to stay under 500 words. It can be difficult since there is a lot that can be said, but hey, I need to limit myself with keeping people’s attention just long enough for them to read through an article. So lets get started with Today’s Topic: Angry Birds Developer proclaims Console games are dying!

*Start the Count!*

You don’t have to be a gamer to know about the game that has swept the world: Angry Birds. It has been out for about 19 months, and it has swept away the world with its simple concept of flicking wingless birds at green pigs (and monkeys); having over 250 million downloads between all platforms- Regular and Special Editions. Due to its popularity it already has a market for merchandise featuring the characters and there are long term plans to make a featured film or a television series of the birds (Please let it be the Television series, I don’t see how you can make it a movie, but hey, leave a comment and prove me wrong).

Anyway, to the topic of discussion… The creator of angry birds (Peter Vesterbacka, who was on Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in 2011. Here is his sketch on

Oh yeah, that right there is a face you can trust. Also he is from Finland…) had mentioned during a discussion at the Game Developer Conference that, "Mobile games being an exciting place, full of innovation, which is something tough to argue against. Console games are "dying" and the idea of paying $50 for a game is going the way of the dodo."


So yeah everyone, forget the idea of Call of Duty, Super Mario Galaxy, Uncharted, and any other Console blockbusters, the future of gaming is Mobile! While that does make a bit of sense considering the development of newer, more advance cell phones in the last few years (iPhones, Android phones, Droids, etc) this seems to be quite a bit of a stretch for someone to think that Console games are "Dying" off. There is also no denying that indie games are on the rise and with developers starting to make more high end games on the cheaper, it is understandable how someone like the so called "Mighty Eagle" would think like this.

So what do you guys think? Is there a possibility that console games are really "dying"? or at least losing steam?

Personally, I don’t think that is going to be the case. Saying this would be like saying, "America is getting bored of Football, or baseball" or something; a possibility but overall, something that probably won't happen anytime soon (however, if you consider how negotiations have been going lately, I could be wrong, I’ll leave that for someone else to discuss. I’ve never been one for watching sports or playing sports games). Considering how technology continues to evolve, it shouldn’t be any surprise to see that console games can still be on the rise, even as we speak. And don’t take my word for it, Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata agrees that Mr. Peter is delusional.

I would say more about this topic, but I have reached my limit for today. As always, please leave a comment and I’ll talk to you guys next time. I’m MAS8705 and that was my Rant under 500 words.

Word Count: 499

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