Don't like always-on games or consoles – you know, stuff that requires you to be connected constantly to the Internet in order to use it? Well former Epic Games creative director Cliff Bleszinski thinks that there's no avoiding a future filled with always online requirements and he thinks it is "coming soon and it's coming fast." Bleszinski made his comment in a recent personal blog post – a space where he often tackles subjects that drive gamers crazy. Clearly this is one of them.
Bleszinski also thinks that former Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth’s recent discussion (via a Twitter exchange with a BioWare developer and friend Manveer Heir) on how always-online can work were not far off.
"Technology doesn’t advance by worrying about the edge case," he wrote. "If a service is good then people don’t mind paying for it. My iPad is always connected because I love browsing Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook. I love the ecosystem of iTunes and the App store. If the ecosystem of an always-connected device is fantastic then suddenly people don’t really seem to notice any more."
Bleszinski uses electricity as an example:
"When electricity came along and people had to have meters attached to their house they didn’t mind because they loved the idea of light bulbs, electric ranges, and refrigeration," said Bleszinski.
Bleszinski adds that -even if future devices do not require online connectivity "all the time," devices will still want to connect to the Internet to receive updates and check on the device:
"If we don’t have devices that aren’t fully always online you can bet your ass that we’ll have devices that encourage you to return to the online ecosystem in order to “check in” and make sure everything on the system is legit. Could you hack/jailbreak such a device? Sure, but that crowd will almost always be the die hard/enthusiast crowd that’s not the average user and makes up a small percentage of the potential sales."
You can read the whole thing here.