At the Churchill Club in California
yesterday, Peter Moore wasn't the only one gazing into
his crystal ball
. Raph Koster of Sony Online Entertainment and Lars Butler, formerly of EA, were cheerfully
predicting the downfall of single-player gaming, with Koster going so far as to say that the last 21 years of gaming
history are an aberration.
Drawing from the fundamental principle that "people play games
together", Koster and Butler predict a huge shift in the games industry as the impact of online gaming starts to
really hit home. Butler's claim that "linear entertainment in single-player is to media what masturbation is to
sex" is eerily similar to David Jaffe's comparison
between games and porn
. Experiences are enriched by the presence of other people, and perhaps the depth of
multiplayer gaming and the online social interaction embodied in these games can provide the emotional content that
Jaffe finds so lacking.
Raph has written a much more detailed explanation