I have been building interfaces with new technologies recently — touch screens too — and I find the lack of haptics distressing. It looks like the new brass at RIM has picked up on that — I saw an ad last night to the effect:
I write about 1,000 emails a day. Try writing 1,000 emails on a touchscreen.
First let me introduce a caveat: it’s possible that this is just oldsterism — pure ludditery — and no one gives a shit about haptics anymore.
However, in the studio we’ve been discussing a weird trend: the Kinect in an AMAZING platform — pure techno magick from aliens inside a flying white pyramid orbiting Saturn — but gamers themselves HATE it. Maybe it’s the alienating effect of resistance-less physical actions?
Time for work — more later maybe.