I discovered something very interesting today. My boss put me on a “project” (something that she didn’t want to do and I got roped into doing) which had me reviewing stuff about highway safety. It was tedious, but there were some points that genuinely stuck out to me. Did you know that there are no official rules about right-of-way at a 4-way stop? No joke, there is nothing in law, outside of giving pedestrians the right of way and to yield to whoever has the right of way. But nothing says who goes first. Which means that the rules about whoever got their first being able to go first is all just something that people adhere to.
That’s called the “social contract.” A set of behaviors that people agree to in order to facilitate societal cohesion. Like how you never ask a woman her age. I found it so fascinating that one of the big things about driving that I have been taught my entire life is just something that people obey because of a social contract. That’s wild! Makes you wonder what other activities that people take part in that have no basis in written rules of any kind, but are followed by the public at large.
Another thing that has been on my mind is the fact that there are a lot of games that I am really stoked for, but don’t feverishly look up anymore because there’s no mystery about them. I don’t mean that the game is spoiled, but there’s nothing to ponder about. I know when Cyberpunk 2077 is coming out. Same with Death Stranding. Before I did, I used to look up both games every day, wondering if there was anything new revealed. Now, I know when both of them are dropping so I can just sit back and wait.
Don’t get me wrong, I am so eager for them. You cannot believe how much I want them. But it’s just a waiting game now. Doesn’t help that my waiting is done at a job where I am done with everything in an hour and then have to find something to do to pass the time for the other seven and a half. Each day is slower and more tedious than the last. Back before I knew all this, it would be looking at the latest news. Something leaking or an interview. Still wonder how CD Projekt Red managed to keep the fact that Keanu Reeves plays a major role in Cyberpunk 2077 a secret. I joked with a friend that they must have signed a contract stating that if anyone leaked that, CDPR was going to hunt them and their families down like wild animals. Or sue them into oblivion. In the age of endless leaks, it’s hard to keep anything under wraps.
That’s not to say there’s nothing that I am not filled with mystery about. It’s all but confirmed now that The Last of Us: Part II is dropping in 2020, but the date is still a mystery. There’s also Ghost of Tsushima, which has had precious little talked about it. I get the feeling that Sony is going to do something big in the not-too-distant future. They skipped E3, so they have to be planning something absolutely massive. It will probably be the unveiling of their latest console. I’m hoping that they also drop some stuff about their latest games.
Sony said recently that they want to focus on big AAA-titles with their next console, since that is scoring them HUGE sales figures and critical acclaim. Hit after hit, without a single exception. It’s understandable. So if they come out of the gate of their next console debut with nothing but exclusives for them, it would score points.
Though, the PS5 is going to be a huge thing everyone is wondering about. Specs info is leaking, which is leading people to think that this console is going to be both very powerful, and very expensive. Here’s the thing – the big question is about backwards-compatibility. It’s already been confirmed that PS4 games will play on it. But the rumors about this console going further back persist. If that’s true, and this console can play games from all its eras, Sony is basically printing money. Expensive console be damned, they would be printing money.
Maybe there is more to have mystery about. Still, the wait is long, and I am not a patient man. If I had a job that wasn’t so easy and time passed quicker, maybe I would be.
Until next time, a quote,
“Oh summer child…” – Old Nan, Game of Thrones