Having had the privilege (by sheer luck) to play Final Fantasy VII Remake a full week ahead of the actual release date has been a thrill. Though the game itself is highly nostalgic to someone who played the game back in the late 90s, it has been an unexpected nostalgia trip – due to the way both the Internet and online journalism as well as games’ meta levels have shaped gaming since the release of Final Fantasy VII in 1997.
Transhumanism, androids, electric sheep… I’ve always had a fascination with life beyond (Two Sou… Ok, I’ll see myself out!) our limited existence in meatspace. Last night, a regular evening playing a game turned into a collision course with androids, consoles and fourth-wall breaking shenanigans.
Retro is back. There is no denying that. Many players are seeking their childhood games and are willing to pay for that kind of nostalgia boost. No wonder game companies are looking to gain a buck or two in that niche market. Nintendo did a good job in revamping retro gaming, but it is not always sunshine and rainbows.
In the recent years, more technology buzzwords are sprouting up everywhere: gamification, big data, virtual reality, internet of things (IoT). The latter one is where I would like to focus on. Continue reading “More Than Meets the Eye … Internet in Disguise”