Salem’s Fire #5: System Wars 1: The Death of the Console?

System Wars 1: The Death of the Console?

This is the first in a series of three articles looking at the two main classes of gaming hardware (personal computers and gaming consoles) and what may happen now that consoles are becoming more and more like personal computers, and vice versa. In this first article, I will argue that the console will soon lose its role to the personal computer go away for good. In the second article, I will argue that the console will soon replace the consumer desktop computer. The third article will contain my ideas on how these two different platforms will continue to coexist in the future. Keep in mind that I do not necessarily agree with the arguments I present in the first two parts of this series. Not until part three will I give my own opinions. Ready? Then let us open the question of gaming?s future with the question of the console.

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Salem’s Fire #5: System Wars 1: The Death of the Console?

System Wars 1: The Death of the Console?

This is the first in a series of three articles looking at the two main classes of gaming hardware (personal computers and gaming consoles) and what may happen now that consoles are becoming more and more like personal computers, and vice versa. In this first article, I will argue that the console will soon lose its role to the personal computer go away for good. In the second article, I will argue that the console will soon replace the consumer desktop computer. The third article will contain my ideas on how these two different platforms will continue to coexist in the future. Keep in mind that I do not necessarily agree with the arguments I present in the first two parts of this series. Not until part three will I give my own opinions. Ready? Then let us open the question of gaming?s future with the question of the console.

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The Ninth Circle #4: Why are we here?

Why Are We Here?

Don’t get worried by the title; this column is not a philosophical musing on the nature of existence. I will be talking about Diablo II the game, and of course this site. Why do we come here and why do we play? While the last three columns did stay on the topic of computer games, the scope ranged from the local to the international. I thought it was time to talk about the central reason that brings us all here.

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The Ninth Circle #4: Why are we here?

Why Are We Here?

Don’t get worried by the title; this column is not a philosophical musing on the nature of existence. I will be talking about Diablo II the game, and of course this site. Why do we come here and why do we play? While the last three columns did stay on the topic of computer games, the scope ranged from the local to the international. I thought it was time to talk about the central reason that brings us all here.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #4: Just Rewards

Just Rewards

Do people really get what they deserve? In The Fellowship of The Ring, Frodo and Gandalf have a conversation shortly after entering the mines of Moria in which Frodo comments that “Bilbo should have killed Gollum when he had the chance.” Gandalf then feeds Frodo several bites of fatherly wisdom, which includes a line that goes something like; “Many who have life deserve death and many who are dead deserve life, but can you give it to them?” In other words, life isn’t fair and people shouldn’t be too hasty to pass judgment on one another. Yet, from a very early age most of us are told to play fair. In America, some school systems have even gone so far as to remove competitive games and sports from children’s activities because they don’t want any child to feel inadequate. Unfortunately, this only works to perpetuate the myth that the world is fair. For this reason I find reward systems to be somewhat amusing.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #4: Just Rewards

Just Rewards

Do people really get what they deserve? In The Fellowship of The Ring, Frodo and Gandalf have a conversation shortly after entering the mines of Moria in which Frodo comments that “Bilbo should have killed Gollum when he had the chance.” Gandalf then feeds Frodo several bites of fatherly wisdom, which includes a line that goes something like; “Many who have life deserve death and many who are dead deserve life, but can you give it to them?” In other words, life isn’t fair and people shouldn’t be too hasty to pass judgment on one another. Yet, from a very early age most of us are told to play fair. In America, some school systems have even gone so far as to remove competitive games and sports from children’s activities because they don’t want any child to feel inadequate. Unfortunately, this only works to perpetuate the myth that the world is fair. For this reason I find reward systems to be somewhat amusing.

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