So, Who's Bored With This Generation?
Historically speaking, we're overdue for a new generation. So does that mean there are a lot of bored gamers out there?
Well, if there are, I'm not among them.
I was more than ready for the PS2. I'm not really sure why, because I really only had the original PlayStation for three years before the PS2 launched. I got the PS1 a little late, mostly because I was still pretty enamored with PC gaming and I had just started to get into RPGs. Of course, considering the latter, picking up the PS1 was the best thing I could've ever done; ended up playing over 30 RPGs on that machine.
And yet, I really was all amped up for the PS2. I think a lot of people were, and the hype was hardly limited to PlayStation fans. Now, I'm sensing a lot of ambivalence, a lot of indifference, and even some reluctance. I'm really not sure gamers are getting tired of this generation of technology, but I will add one caveat: Maybe it's the PlayStation fans who are the least likely to be bored. I suppose if I was a Nintendo or Microsoft loyalist, I might be champing at the bit to get the next generation started, because I know my current console of choice has long since been maxed out.
But with so many great exclusives on the horizon, along with a slew of developers who are going, "Hell yeah, we can do more with the PS3," I believe those in the PlayStation camp are plenty content with the PS3...perhaps for another two or three years, even. That may sound extreme, but in looking at what developers still plan to do with that console, we can still see visible leaps in technological capability. It's plain as day in The Last Of Us and Beyond: Two Souls, for instance. Well, it's more about the artistic and storytelling progression/maturation for the latter, but still.
Putting the PlayStation world aside, though, I'm not even all that convinced that Microsoft lovers are desperate for the Xbox 720 (or whatever the new Xbox will be called). They don't seem too antsy to me, at any rate. Nintendo fans, you're another story. But I won't get into that now. I just think that in reality, if you took the pulse of gamer nation, game makers might be surprised to learn that the majority are just fine with the current generation. And that's a little odd; we are, after all, a good seven years into this era (the 360 launched in 2005).
But I'm just not seeing a whole lot of that "gimme the new consoles now!" mentality. Are you?
7/22/2012 8:50:37 PM Ben Dutka