Posted July 30, 2013 by Courtney Allen in Articles, Featured, Ouya

What OUYA Means for The Future of Gaming

9172860385_bfaa85f27eA Kickstarter success story to the tune of $6.8 million dollars, the OUYA threatens (or teases) to change the gaming industry as we know it — in more ways than one, notes NPR. Although the “little cube that could” is only in its infancy, big developments are in store. The OUYA is more than just the “Kia” of video game consoles, it’s a chance to expand the gaming world, a way for players to evolve and a jumping point for non-monopolized progress.

Obvious Flaws Aside

The OUYA’s graphics aren’t even close to what Sony and Microsoft can offer, the trackpad doesn’t work very well, and there isn’t even a play store option, notes AndroidPolice.com. As of right now, the console generally requires added storage and the game selection is sub-par. Geekdom can sneer all they want at the flaws, but they’re missing the point. The OUYA matters because it’s the first step in a gameplay experience that’s tailored to your experience as much as profit — it’s the beta version of the people’s elected console. OUYA should be looked at like the first cubic step in the right direction.

An Evolving Experience

Sony and Microsoft charge enough for a new console to put a down payment on a car, and we don’t have to remind you of all the costly downfalls of the XBox One. Constant connectivity, the inability to share or buy used games, and really expensive upgrades are just some of the pitfalls of the standard gaming consoles. The OUYA is poised to evolve into more than just an affordable console. Julie Uhrman, OUYA’s creator, tells NPR that the “O stands for openness, the U stands for universal, and the YA completes it.” The OUYA is to aspiring game designers what WordPress is to aspiring writers: most will fail, but the best ideas will shine through. Now they have a platform to do so. Just like blogs, some games will flourish, some don’t have a chance, and some will generate fame because they feature hilarious pictures of cats.

Opening The Door for More

Playstation and Xbox require you to pay $60 for a game you don’t even know if you’ll like. The game giants also pad their wallets by offering numerous microtransactions (that’s like paying more to skip the line at Disneyworld — not fair for us normal folk). The OUYA allows players to demo every game for free, and any developer with the next multi-million dollar idea has the potential to achieve game fame. Uhrman says her inspiration came from wanting to challenge the tens of millions of dollars spent making games like “Call of Duty” and “Madden NFL.” The old system simply didn’t allow for visionaries without a bankroll. The OUYA may not have the graphic abilities of the more advanced system, but graphics and quality aren’t synonymous (think: the plot of “Transformers 2”). The OUYA has just begun laying the groundwork to be the next great democratic medium in gaming, will you be on board?

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Courtney Allen

Courtney is a journalist from Washington, D.C., who covers gaming, gaming law and and onling gambling legislation.