Old predictions of the future of gaming


Mario creator and Nintendo god Shigeru Miyamoto has been known to drop huge hints about the future into his interviews. The whole 'I like gardening / oh look here's Pikmin' episode is well documented. But we had no idea his early interviews held so many amazing prophecies and statements of intent. Check these out:

In May 1991, there was an interview with Miyamoto in Mario Mania Player's Guide. The question posed was: "What is your ongoing philosophy about making video games?" to which he replied:
"Challenge for the player is the most important thing. In the Mario games for example, the player can go back and try to finish the game without collecting a single coin. I think great video games are like favorite playgrounds, places you become attached to and go back to again and again. Wouldn't it be great to have a whole drawer full of "playgrounds" right at your finger tips?"

Sound familiar?

Above: A whole drawer full of playgrounds at your fingertips

In the same interview from 1991, Miyamoto was asked: "How do you explain the number of changes to Mario's appearance over the years?"

"The main reason the character changed was because we have had different artists and programmers working on the Mario series from game to game. Also, the hardware technology has become more advanced and hardware limitations are the most important factor in influencing what we can and can't do. Who knows how Mario will look in the future. Maybe he'll wear metallic clothes!"

The arrival of the new millennium saw everyone making predictions for the future, most of which revolved around the internet. "The whole industry is going in this direction," said Charles Bellfield, director of marketing communications at Sega of America on November 10, 1999. "Online multiplayer gaming will revolutionize gameplay in the next five years."  

Very prophetic. So why the heck did they try to do it so early?

In February 2002, Miyamoto was promoting the new Nintendo console - the Gamecube. And yet, despite the PS2-beating graphical quality, he was already talking about Wii and its low-spec hardware, only not by name:

"We learned that we can't make the run on technology... To improve the visual quality we have today we need to invest loads of money to achieve very little gains, that only very expert players or over-particular journalists will notice, and these efforts would not give any advantage to the game itself.

By now we think the main goal in the world of videogames is to make the technology cheap and the price of the GameCube is a proof of that. The hardware of the console is important, but to make it affordable to anyone it is better to focus on creativity and originality rather on a super CPU that will make the price too high."

He had it all planned out, y'know. But sometimes even the best plans and intentions can go awry...

"[PlayStation 2] engineered for connectivity to lead the broadband revolution," said Chris Deering at the announcement of PS2 on September 28, 2000.

Of course it is, Chris. Of course it is.

Predicting the future of gaming has now become big business in itself. So there's a quote to remember from our favourite analyst. Yes, this is the same Midway that recently filed for bankruptcy.


Official Sega Dreamcast Magazine US #04 said:

"The future is bright"

Ouch. To add more irony to an already bittersweet gaming moment, they also said: "You're living right now in the year of the Dreamcast". Sadly, that was a bit too accurate - the machine had about a year as king before PS2 came along and stole all the glory.


22 April, 2009

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  • nik41507 - December 18, 2009 12:59 a.m.

    I just rediscovered this article 7 months and 18 days later
  • GG Gabby - May 4, 2009 3:42 p.m.

    It's great how they tried to predict what would happen in the future.........But the smell your games thing is just
  • pogo - May 3, 2009 12:11 p.m.

    you guys missed the 1970s
  • Styrophoamicus - April 30, 2009 7:43 p.m.

    K that football pic kinda freaked me out. It probably does say SEGA. Call Timecop
  • Gothbot6k - April 30, 2009 10:13 a.m.

    Stupid Dreamcast lol.
  • iKOemos - April 30, 2009 4:21 a.m.

    Really good article, one of the best I have read in a while. This really makes me think about the future and how incredible, expensive or cheap and casual gaming might get.
  • nik41507 - April 29, 2009 11:40 p.m.

    amazing how accurate this is. and i bet that Nintedo is making 2 new consoles at the moment. there that sneaky. amazing article and............ 20TH!!!!!!!!! plus the reCAPTCH right now is "virginal ideas" ?????????
  • vic88 - April 29, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    I predict that 09 will be weaker than 08
  • Demonflare - April 29, 2009 8:57 p.m.

    Dude soon everyones gonna run out of ideas to make more games. So far most of the games in 09 sux. >_< Like movies, their running out of ideas and now movies sux to.
  • peaceful765 - April 29, 2009 4:12 p.m.

    Osbourne books ruled in the eighties. I still have a couple somewhere. Learnt a lotfrom those little robots. I suddenly feel old.
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - April 29, 2009 3:21 p.m.

    at first I thought this was a joke, a lot of the predictions were almost spot on. The one I was really pondering was the handheld LCD screen. I lolz at the Dreamcast. This was really cool, thanks, and good work.
  • Xplosive59 - April 29, 2009 3:21 p.m.

    it is amazing that gaming has come so far if a movie is 5 years old it is considered recent but in gaming terms 5 years is a millenium
  • Warewullf - April 29, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    "The overlay may be crude, but the kid's online. Expect him to start calling everyone 'bitch' any second now..." I actually, honestly, LOL'd at this.
  • noobeater - May 1, 2009 6:31 p.m.

    @spybreak /\ lol anyway great article and it is really amazing and/or interesting how these visions have been somewhat realised.
  • Spybreak8 - May 1, 2009 4:56 a.m.

    HAHA, just add an antenna to anything and you're wireless pal, boom!
  • JoeMasturbaby - April 30, 2009 9 p.m.

    havnt read an article this great in awhile it seems. beautiful work sir.
  • iluvmyDS - April 30, 2009 2:24 a.m.

    Wow, I can't believe how much of these were realized. It seems predicted gaming technology happens, whereas it hasn't happened in other ways i.e. flying cars and such. captcha: 74' fumbler
  • Mavarious - April 30, 2009 2:19 a.m.

    I predict that in the grand and glorious and nigh unreachable future year of 2030 we'll have games that shoot right into your brain and circumvent the need for a tv. 50 years after that we will have evolved into pure energy form and it won't matter anyway. Yep, that's how it's gonna go down. recaptcha: calm The f*ck down
  • GeneralTickTock - April 30, 2009 1:26 a.m.

    Those 60's. Just HILARIOUS
  • EatShorts8 - April 30, 2009 12:25 a.m.

    :o that 1960's movie was weirdly accurate :/

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