My father, for whatever he may have taught me over the years about embracing new technology and learning how to use and manipulate it, still uses a clam-shell cell phone and listens to records. Mind you — I have a quality vinyl collection myself — and while both of us have embraced other parts of technology, it is not just the tech that needs embracing. With the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo kicking off this week, we are learning that the concepts of technology are changing just as much as the tech itself.
Most years pass without too much fanfare, outside of the industry itself. However, the consumers have taken note this year (E3 is generally an insider only event) as the video game console wars are being re-energized. Both Microsoft and Sony have new machines coming out, both with their positives and negatives, but both challenging our preconceived concepts of entertainment and gaming. You see, while I am old enough to have lived through the transitions in gaming and entertainment over the past three decades — the millennials aren’t. These folks born after 1981 are just now experiencing the distressing feeling of the world changing around them. They have always played games on a game system — how dare Sony and Microsoft change everything they every knew about gaming systems.
Here’s a lesson for you kids — adapt or die.