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I recently had a revelation about where the entire computing industry is going. Because of this revelation, I now see that our little tribal rivalries over PCs vs. consoles or Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux, just aren't going to mean a damn thing within the next couple of years. You see, it's all going on the web. It's all going subscription, item-shop and advertising based. You will no longer pay for games. You will pay only for access.
I used to laugh at this idea. But now I understand that there are many cross platform solutions for delivering games over the web. Computers are fast enough now that you can make Nintendo 64 level 3D graphics with just the Flash player. Unity runs on Windows and Mac, although not on Linux but that's really just a matter of time. And there's even a way that the Blender Game Engine can be turned into a Firefox plugin that will run BGE files on any platform. Hell, even Java has some good stuff to offer developers, as anyone who has played Minecraft or Runescape knows. We already save emails and documents on the cloud, why not save games too?
consoles and PCs will give way to cheap, stateless net devices. Cell phone companies will up their offerings of broadband internet over 3G connections while lowering the price. And only a small number of us will have anything even remotely resembling the computers of today to play emulators on.
I'm thinking that the future looks a little like OpenPandora without Linux. Of course you'll cable box will probably have some kind of web front end so you can play games on your HDTV....