Consoles are dead. It’s time to lay down the controller, and pay our respects.
For the last 25 years, I’ve owned almost every single console that there was.
From the original Nintendo, to the Playstation 3, I count over 15 consoles and
portables. Many were epic, like the Nintendo 64, while others wore out their
welcome a little too soon.
Some of my favorite memories were when my friends and family would gather
around a new game and we’d duke it out for hours. The really great games and
consoles usually nailed one thing really well: Multiplayer. There was nothing
like the thrill and competitive spirit of nailing the perfect Dragon Punch or
getting the red shells in Mario Kart’s battle mode. Twenty years later, my
friend Yuji and I still fire up Street Fighter II on an original SNES.
Lately, it seems like some things have gotten lost. Games sometimes resemble
movies more than they resemble games. Gameplay has been replaced with
cut scenes. Fancy graphics and recycled sequels turned into fancier graphics
and fancier sound. Gamers like myself were seduced back to the computer to
play games like Counterstrike and StarCraft while I waited for the next Halo to
Unfortunately, as a gamer on the go, these don’t meet my needs anymore either.
I’m looking for something rich yet something that I can pull up when I want.
Something that I can play with my friends and something that is as accessible
as pulling up a website. Millions of people are playing social games, but most
of them are still just isometric resource-collecting games. We’re not faulting
anybody — we all need to make money. However, we see a better world out there.
It’s time to kill the console… or better yet, build a better one. One that
lives in a browser and can be accessed from any device. One where I can play
against my brother just by sending him a link and we’re dropped into an
experience together. We’ve assembled a team to bring back that joy back again.