‘Pretty, bloody good’ is among the cooler statements made by experts on the future of video gaming in a panel discussion sponsored by the Smithsonian at the opening of its new exhibit, The Art of Video Games.
Speaking with great optimism over the future of gaming and the gaming industry were Kellee Santiago, Ken Levine, Paul Barrett and Mark DeLoura, each successful in the gaming business and all expressing great hope at what’s to come.
CNN quoted Barrett, the senior creative director of BioWare-Mythic, as saying, today is the Golden Age of gaming, and it is pretty, bloody good.
Other panelists said they have the drive to create games that expressed something they wanted to share with others, to develop empathy between players and the game-making decisions.
Santiago and DeLoura said they hope future game creators would go beyond what games are about today, and pose challenges as to what gaming can be.
DeLoura, the vice president of technology at THQ, said he hopes to see more diversity in the games of the future, such that designers today would look archaic compared to the great new visions of the future.
He explained that what should be up front in the future creative minds ought to be the breaking down of conventional thinking, of reaching out into communities we don’t expect games to come from, of pulling them out and joining them to the broader community.
All gaming visionaries agreed that funding to produce games should not be a problem for young game developers, saying that creativity is what matters, and that to approach is to lose fear.
The result, they said, are games that are not only great, but also awesome.