Once upon a time as a teenager, I recall being exposed to a book called Future Shock by futurist Alvin Toffler. Along with many wild and outlandish predictions about the future, Toffler described the shock component of his book’s title as being “too much change, in too short a period of time”.
That quote may well characterize the plight of many of us in today’s society and in particular those of us interested in the ever changing landscape of MMO and video game production.
Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the future of video games. Many of us are contemplating the meteoric financial success of social networking games like Farmville and are scratching our collective heads and wondering what it all means for both game designers and players.
While doing research for an upcoming article for my website I stumbled across an video of Carnegie Mellon University Professor Jesse Schell’s amazing Feb 2010 Design Outside the Box talk at D.I.C.E. (Design Innovate Communicate Entertain). I originally planned on using this video in that article but I have since decided it’s just far too good and deserves special mention on its own.
If you are even remotely interested in the possible future of our culture and video games — are wondering why things are the way they are — then this is probably the best 28 minutes you’ll spend. Sit back and enjoy!