Yoyo design has reached a plateau.
I’ve experimented with designing and seeing various prototypes realized. The main thing I’ve learned from that, along with playing dozens of high-end yoyos representing the pinnacle of yoyo design is this: yoyos are about as good as they’re going to get, until someone comes up with something both revolutionary and practical.
Until then, I don’t fathom how “new” designs/models continue to garner much attention or enthusiasm. This is putting me in a bad spot as someone who is supposedly trying to start up a yoyo design co. I mean, to some extent, I think it’s easy to start a design co–but virtually impossible to design something actually as worthy of the hype as so many models get so easily and so undeservedly.
I mean, how many more yoyo models that keep coming out and stacking up can keep being interesting? I hate to say this, but I’m getting bored myself and I don’t see why I shouldn’t be… at least until something big happens, and I don’t know who that innovator is going to be or when they will emerge from the shadows, if ever.
If yoyo design has reached a plateau, an apex, or whatever… who is going to keep caring about “new” models, why should they care and how long can the system sustain itself? Eventually, shouldn’t it sensibly get to the point where say, a YYF Genesis is “good enough” and all the other yoyos out there are just pointless preferential choices?
We don’t need a thousand models to choose from when none of them is really objectively much better than any other for the practical purpose of yoyo–to play yoyo. Why do we keep on? When will it get so old that it can’t go on anymore?
Is something big going to happen? Who knows what it is?