Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Missing The Action

I remember when the Xbox 360 and the PS3 were about to be introduced, there was a lot of excitement. There was a lot more to look forward to and following the gaming news was a lot more exciting.

Fast forward to today, and there's just too much secrecy with these new systems. With the stuff that was revealed (that game from Ubisoft which was supposedly next-gen)...it's great, but not really a huge leap.

Maybe I'm just getting older, but what I've seen so far isn't that exciting. I do want it to be but it just isn't. Also, a lot of the gaming news these days doesn't really paint a great picture for game development. People getting laid off immediately after a game becomes a success; developers just ignoring their fans' feedback; game prices getting higher even if the content isn't that much better....it's not a great time for console games. It just feels unexciting. I've had more fun following the film industry than gaming lately....with the 'superhero' movie finally getting actualized with 'The Avengers' and 'The Dark Knight / Rises'....those were a lot more interesting to me lately.

The other week I was watching some videos from 'The Angry Video Game Nerd'. I really enjoyed the video he made about SNES vs. Genesis. Man, those were the best of times. I don't know, maybe it's just age talking....I hate feeling this way but these days it's hard to get excited for console games.

It doesn't help that these 'current gen' machines are still ridiculously expensive, even after years of being on the market. The masses still play on older systems and you can't blame them. Maybe that's why people aren't buying games. It's not really that there are used games or pirated games....it's just not accessible at all. I can't explain how games like 'Angry Birds' can be priced under 5 dollars and deliver months of value to people, and you have these big triple A titles that just last for 10 hours.

Gaming's not in the best place right now. I hope that changes soon.