That (PC’s/laptops on the way out) seems to be the opinion of a number of pundits. I worry, as this Cracked columnist does, that post-PC games will be dumbed down exercises in simple LCD addiction. Having been waiting years for my perfect MMORPG to come along, only to still be waiting fruitlessly while endless Skinner Boxes come and go, I now have grave doubts that there will ever be a renaissance in computer gaming creativity, despite increasing hardware capabilities (Moore’s Law may be exponential but computer game design is still relentlessly linear and, nay, probably more complex and time consuming than ever).
So will the move to smaller handhelds be a favorable or unfavorable development for computer games? Will some genres flourish while others stagnate or even die off? Well, since I have almost completely weaned myself from them, having gotten very jaded over the past 6 years or so, I personally lack much confidence in the future of video games.