The Digital Age...

Sun Aug 09, 2009 at 03:42:38 PM EST

My dad and I were talking about all sorts of interesting things the other day...

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There was the Age of Steam, the Industrial Revolution, and all sorts of eras defined by technological advances at the time. I think people will look back to our current time as the Digital Age. Any of you reading this are probably like, "Duh, tyrus." lol.

That aside, think about how things were a few years ago to now. Suns commented on it in a past post in which he felt digital distribution is going to become more common in the gaming industry. But we're not seeing that with just games. We're seeing that with books, movies, and all sorts of media. Wi-fi is all over the place. It's actually pretty cool.

Dad felt that in ten years, libraries as we know it will disappear. Sure, there'll still be libraries and book stores, but there's going to be a shift. Watch. Notice how a lot of Barnes and Nobles have a coffee shop in them? Plus, e-books are becoming more common. You see the Kindle with Amazon. Once we have a reader that has the clout and versatility like the ipod with MP3s, e-books are going to take off. I don't think books will ever truly disappear, there's something tangible and nostalgic about them. But eventually, they will become more scarce. Whether that happens in another 10 or 20 years is to be seen. But I'm confident it'll happen.

I'm amazed with Digital Distribution in games. Think about when the 360 first came out to now. You can get 360 titles and download them directly to your hard drive. Does that amaze anyone but myself? lol. It just blows my mind. And after seeing the Arcade titles take off, we're seeing a whole other venue for gaming that can bring you quality titles at affordable prices.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I understand, the new PSP is going rely solely on digital distribution. In the past, I would have said that's asinine to have that as your sole means of providing games, but now, I'm not entirely sure. I don't know numbers, but Steam seems incredibly successful.

And do I even need to talk about Movies? Netflix has really taken off. I'd say at any given time, one of my buddies is watching a movie via Netflix on their 360. That's just cool. And think about their model... why pay late fees? Give me a set number of rentals and charge me my dough. Late fees just suck. Blockbuster has a similar service, but I wonder how long it will be before they crumble. But it's kind of like the book thing... who knows how long it will last.

Technology is a funny thing. If you read any science fiction from the 40s to 60s, people thought we'd have a colony on the moon by the 90s or 2000. But we don't. lol.

That's a more elaborate discussion for another day. But that's how technology is... it's a funny, fickle beast that goes its own way. What we're seeing in terms of digital technology is driven by consumers so I think that's why we've witnessed its exponential growth in the past few years.

Long story short, I think it's a great time to be a gamer. There are toys abound!

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  •  I agree (none / 0)

    It definitely is a great time.  

    Off topic, funny thing about my wife and I and Netflix. We often get our Netflix movie and because there isn't an return due date, the movie just sits there.  

    And then the other day we went out and rented all the seasons of Madmen at Blockbuster because we didn't want to wait for it to come in the mail via Netflix.  We're essentially paying Netflix for like two months of one movie at a time.  It's really stupid but I think we need that deadline in order to pressure us to take the time to watch.

    •  That's pretty funny. (none / 0)

      I can see that happening. But a lot of times, I don't get around to watching a movie and I get hammered by late fees.

      I also forgot to mention about credit/debit cards. Paper money is pretty much obsolete.

      by tyrus on Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 01:42:28 PM EST

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  •  New Era of Refinement (none / 0)

    Everything is New.

    Fake wood furniture from Wallmart.

    Disposible dishes

    Bottled water

    Everything the human mind can image

    Franchise Food Chains (Resturants and Grocery Items)

    Brand Names

    Mobile Phone's

    Everything has Really ramped up in the refinement segment in my lifetime.

    We basically already had all these things when I was born in 1970.   Cable TV (ON, IT, HBO).   Mobile Phones (very rare),  PC's were just getting started,  Big Boy / McDonald's,  Jordache Jeans and Calvin Cline....

    We would Roll down the windows in our car.  Now you can find one with a handle.

    The Refinement of Man is Amazing.

    What is also Amazing is that All of this is going on while a large percentage of our world population lives in poverty and/or even starvation.

    And I somehow can block this all out while I shopped with my daughter last night at a new market in our neighborhood  (Plum Market).  What a beautiful market!  And bought 5 bottles of various Spanish wines.

    "I do not tell lies, but I am a savage" ~ William Wallace

    by Kenai 91 on Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 02:13:42 PM EST

  •  The Kindle (none / 0)

    (and its proprietary e-book sales system) are total trash, but the new technology that I am most looking forward to is the electronic "paper" that I will be able to wirelessly connect to my computer, update with new posts from all my favorite blogs/websites, and then take with me into the can, or the bath, or the car, or wherever I want to go, and read in full color.  All I can read with no worries about damage by water etc, all in the weight and convenience of one of those 10 cent plastic file folders kind of thing.

    With that will also come HD monitors that you will literally roll down your wall like a movie screen (only they will be much lighter), or perhaps, even just "spray" paint onto your wall.  

    I mean, I am not complaining about HDTV beauties like Michael Scott's in the Office (LMAO), but I want more!  ha ha ha

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