Cliff Bleszinski, Design Director, Epic
"Technology is like water or fire or alcohol. It can be used for a lot of good or a lot of evil." So the flashy steward of Gears of War told me over the phone. But it can?t do either if people have limited access. When asked about an existing technology that could improve gaming, his answer is as simple and immediate as a chainsaw bayonet to the face: "Everybody connected, all the time, on high-speed internet."
Where he lives, in Raleigh, North Carolina, almost everyone has Wi-Fi. "Go ten minutes outside of town, there are still people who aren?t even connected or are on dial-up." Bleszinski wants the future of gaming (and shopping--he finds retail stores "ugly and a complete waste of time") to be all-digital.
"If you can create a console or a device that is merely a portal, that can render video manipulatable in real-time, then you can have infinitely powerful graphics in the cloud or in the back-end. Once we get to that point with consoles, and the console becomes more of a portal than stationary hardware, then things start getting really interesting."