As a new year dawns and I get a year older it amazes me how much things have changed
I’ve been a gamer for over Thirty Five years about the same length of time I’ve been a Doctor Who fan and like the time lord whose face has changed many times over that period the term “gamer” has dramatically changed from my youth.
When I was young a gamer was somebody me or Instapundit who likely played Avalon Hill games like 1776, Diplomacy or perhaps the newly released Squad Leader that took the hobby by storm or was into one of the many Sports Simulation Games APBA or Strat-O-Matic.
As the years passed gaming included people playing role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons and other such role players with settings from Middle Earth, to the Old West to Space.
But just as we geeks were thanks to the computer age entering Nerdvarna a funny thing happened with the explosion of the speed of the internet & PC, plus their spread to the general public suddenly gaming was redefined. It was no longer something simply for geeks like myself & my pals, suddenly not only was gaming mainstream with online games such as City of Heroes and Call of Duty playable of gaming system as well as PC’s.
And with Smartphones in the hands of everyone suddenly the majority of the people online playing games are no longer folks like me, they’re people like my wife who might be playing Pogo online or perhaps going to the apple store and buying apps like Slotomania because there is a bigger audience for slots or other electronic versions of casino games than geeks playing Munchkin.
To be sure there is still room for people like me who might sign on to stream to play Civilization 5 with the same gaming crew I once sat at a table with were we were in college and every now and then I managed to get free for a board game like Ra, Seven Wonders or some of the old Classics like 1830.
But when it comes down to it we have gone from being the main target for writers of aps.
That is until the dawn of true virtual reality games, then we’ll rule the roots again, at least for a little while until those gamemakers create a virtual reality Vegas Casino with a simulated Robert De Niro keeping us honest.
I would not be surprised to see that in my lifetime.