Recently, me and a group of friends were discussing the future of television and it occurred to us that we never watch any shows or programmes as and when they are broadcast anymore. We either stream a whole series from Netflix or record live television to watch at our convenience, or watch an entire DVD/Blu-Ray box set and as most things tend to, it got me thinking about video games.
|Michael Thomasson, the Guinness World Record holder for biggest video game collection (Image: via Kotaku)|
The so-called benefit of downloading a game instead of owning a physical copy is that we take up less space in our living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms (maybe) but the truth is, most downloaded games aren't owned by us. They can be lost if a console decides to break - a day outside of warranty of course! Sure you can re-download them but that requires more hard drive space and besides, its wholly unnecessary if you OWN A DISC! Then there's the whole "you don't actually own the digital files you purchase" argument that still rages to this day. See comics, music and films for other examples of this.
And one could argue, that's what Microsoft wants us to do, with their stupid SmartGlass or whatever, and watching TV and sports with friends over Kinect, while playing Gears Of War 6 at the same time. It's a nightmare! I like turning on my games console to play a goddamn game, not to socialise with the flipping TV guide!
It's not just Microsoft either, this year at E3 Sony announced that PlayStation TV will now be available in all countries and home to lots of original programming, with consoles desperate to cash in on the success of Netflix and Amazon originals, I can foresee their focus eventually moving away from games and into TV tie-ins and like good little gamers we'll accept it because hell, we just love television!