I was talking to a friend of mine the other day, about the future of gaming, and we came upon a startling conclusion – though I imagine it was only startling to us, I have to imagine the games industry’s been aware of it for years.
With computer games taking over Cinema in terms of profitability, we were talking about the entertainments models of the future and it occurred to us both that instead of going to the cinema in the future, teenagers would visit completely immersive virtual reality cinemas where they can become characters in the film as opposed to just watching it.
All that was left then, was to come up with our top ten movies that we’d like to live, in virtual reality heaven…
It might just be an age thing, but the prospect of getting a gang of mates together to take a trip to LV-426 was just too much. Imagine it: it’s you, your pals, a big pile of machine-gunning-grenade-flame-throwing-rocket-launchers and hundreds of two mouthed slime balls.
You can go and experience a solid few hours of scrapping that will doubtless involve you getting cut, beaten, bruised and bashed while leaving you ready for work in the morning. But just don’t tell anyone you did it.
This is one for the loners amongst you. A single ticket buys you a building, some virtual terrorists and a lot of explosions. But please remember to remove your shoes before entering the auditorium.
Any Bond Film
Another great one for the loners. Buy a ticket, become Bond and you’ve got to solve a string of mysteries and puzzles to catch the baddie – and all the while you’d get to charm a virtual girl who just thinks you’re hilarious, no matter what you say… what a life!
Each person takes on a character, with his own super powers, and prepares to go to war against Magneto and the rest. Or, better still, you’re split into groups, given a mission and have to go head to head against each other. Great idea – assuming you can solve the initial fight in the cinema lobby over who gets to be Wolverine…
This is another ‘pick a character and work as a team’ kinda mission, as you go through level after level of flying, fighting and generally using the force. This could be the only instance in the history of everything where anyone actually wanted to be Luke and not Han.
The Other Boleyn Girl
Seems like a strange choice until you remember that this would entail buying a ticket to spend two hours being chased around a near perfect virtual world by both Scarlett Johansson and Nathalie Portman! Would undoubtedly lead to a whole new definition of what constitutes infidelity…
The cycle is complete. Computer game becomes movie becomes computer game that’s experienced like a movie. This should fulfil every woman’s dream of completely inhabiting Lara Croft’s body – which would quite possibly fulfil quite a few guys dreams as well!
Lord of the Rings
This would be a good one to visit with the whole family. All the grown-ups can choose a character who will best serve them while they protect the Hobbits. What better way to spend a winter’s afternoon? Just make sure you don’t suggest that they fly the ring to Mordor on the back of one of those giant Eagles or the point will have been lost…
Art imitating life or life imitating art, and does it matter when the future is this much fun? Maybe the challenge with this one should be to stop Neo from unplugging The Matrix because, as the above proves, life is just a hell of a lot more fun when reality stays out of the way!