Recently, the internet has been abuzz about the upcoming releases of both the Xbox 720 and Playstation 4 consoles, lately focusing on the whole “always-online” thing on Microsoft’s end. This article isn’t about that.
Instead, I want to take a short moment to focus on something else entirely: the fact that, no matter which one you buy, you are being watched. That freaks me out. Playing a 720? Cool! It’s coming with Kinect 2.0, so don’t you dare look away from the screen. Decide against the whole always-online controversy and go with Sony instead? Well, they’ll be watching over you - and listening to you - with the Playstation 4 Eye.
“IGNORE ME!” – Playstation 4 Eye (maybe)
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not entirely sure I’m comfortable with either one of these scenarios. Sure, you can switch them off (I think…I hope?) but what if a game requires it to play? Or even worse, what if most games require it to play? The whole concept freaks me out a little bit. I just want to chill out and play some games, not be spied on by some perverted corporate robot appendage.
It’s also very possible that I’m biased. I’m personally anti-motion-control-video-game-stuff, and I mean “personally” in every sense of the word: if you like it, good for you, but it’s not for me. It reminds me a bit of my feelings toward the Wii when it first released. I don’t want to flail my arms about and act like I’m actually doing what my character is doing. It sounds fun, undoubtedly, but in practice it’s just tiring. Playing through Metroid Prime 3 was awesome but even when I didn’t want to stop playing, I had to because I was exhausted – and that game didn’t take very much physical activity at all. I’m here to relax, not exercise (most of the time, anyway). While I like how the industry has developed quite a following when it comes to workout games, I still much prefer doing my own exercise, but that’s just me. Please leave the creepy cameras and recording devices out of my living room, or at least don’t make them mandatory. Considering they’ll be included in their respective packages, I am currently fearing the worst.
How I imagine Ben Wright starts his day.
Does this seriously not bother anyone else? The surveillance thing, that is. Not the idea of Ben getting his ass whooped by a virtual girl every morning.