I Disagree with Molyneux
The creator of the Fable series and the guy who pretty much runs the Microsoft Xbox scene in Europe has come out saying that Natal will be akin to the computer mouse when it comes to innovation in games and how we interact with our computers. I happen to disagree with him.
“If you’re thinking that Natal is going to give you another version of an FPS, you’re just not thinking broadly enough, after all, it was the invention of the mouse that gave us computing as it is today — not the invention of the microprocessor.”
But he forgets that without the microprocessor, we would have much bigger things to worry about when it comes to computing and gaming. Home electronics would be outrageously big! Shit, the iPhone would be the size of a suitcase (or larger) and an Xbox 360 wouldn’t even fit in most houses.
The mouse came into being because we were making strides into Graphical User Interfaces that required a method of input that wasn’t a shitty lightpen or just keyboard. Trust me, I work at a job where most of the environments I work in are keyboard only, and it sucks.
“The mouse was the real revolution of the PC — not the Intel processor. And who’s to say Natal couldn’t end up creating something you and I can’t even imagine now. It forces us to approach technology in a completely different way. Before the mouse, we only had the keyboard.”
That may be sir, but the mouse is a pretty simple device, not a camera that takes tons of system resources to read our movements and interpret them. I do agree with the “who knows” factor. Maybe in a few years time we’ll have fully immersive game environments, complete 3D gaming….then again maybe VR will come back in style. I could also end up having a very highly read website, you never know!