Do you think there will ever be the diversification in video games platforms and consoles that there once was or is that pretty much done now? I remember at one stage there being like three or four seperate platforms on the market simultaneously with branded games and characters exclusive to each, the release of sega games, including the sonic games, on other platforms, such as playstation, signalled a capitulation or significant develop to me when I recall the sort of affinities and tribalism which existed beforehand, I dont think that Mario was ever released on the playstation or x-box though, was it?
I remember there being a number of prime time evening viewing/broadcasting for young people dedicated to gaming, one prime time adult viewing slot, a TV show GamesMaster which was moved around but kept on the schedule of one network for years after that stage and a profileration of magazines.
Does anyone think that's a trend that could be repeated or is it done?
I just wonder because if you read about the history of Atari gaming and gaming at that time it seemed to have gone through cycles and had its own scene, complete with events and tournaments but then disappeared, the pattern repeated itself with Nintendo (which despite being a Japanese firm is as American as apple pie and world series for most of the people I know) but I'm not sure if it will continue like that since all sorts of devices are now plugged into gaming but not solely games platforms.
I know when mobile phones were new and all the buzz there were dozens of different styles, clam, swivel, slider, folder, and that's about done, and no one had yet thought at that stage about why you'd need a camera, internet access and games on your phone, now most of those things would be standard features.