David Braben, UK legend, creator of Elite, on the future of games and artistic potential. He ends on an inspiring note:
Our golden age has not yet started but the door is open, and somewhere are the Welles and Hitchcocks of the future. They may even be reading this piece right now.
We won't see much of this stuff ,I doubt, in the early days of next-gen machines: developers aren't familiar with the machinery yet. Remember what PS2 games looked like when the PS2 first came out, compared to what devs can squeeze out of the hardware now? The next-gen games will begin to come into their own in around 2009, I'm reckoning, by which point the PS2 will be as laughably old as the PSOne is now.
Will this be when the 'golden age' starts? Videogames, unlike film and television, still have room to evolve significantly. Exciting times...