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Will Your Gaming Habits Change In The Next Generation?

As time goes on, everyone's habits concerning their favorite hobbies change. It depends on life situations and personal preferences but inevitably, you don't embrace your leisure pastimes the same way forever.

And in the video game industry, it only makes sense that such changes are most likely to happen during a generation transition. That's when most have to sit back and take stock- Am I getting the new hardware immediately? Do I still spend the same amount of time playing as I used to? If not, can I really justify the purchase? Is the industry going in a certain direction that I don't like? These are all legitimate - and likely quite common - questions.

So what do you think? We may not know everything yet concerning the PS4 and Xbox 720 but based on what you've heard so far, and based on your current state of mind concerning your game habits, will those habits change when the new consoles arrive? Sometimes, gamers branch out and try different genres, or maybe they opt for features they never really liked before. For instance, it wasn't until the PS2 generation that I started to expand my gaming tastes; I was mostly a JRPG fanatic throughout the PS1 generation and with a few notable exceptions (Twisted Metals, Jet Motos, Alundra, 3D Baseball, Medal of Honor, etc.) that's pretty much all I played.

But that all changed during the PS2 generation, and I give full credit to games like Grand Theft Auto III and Devil May Cry for luring me out. However, as this new generation draws near, I find myself with more reservations than ever before, many of which revolve around the central theme that I'm sorta being left behind. I don't care about multiplayer and I doubt I ever will, I don't care about social features of any kind or being constantly "connected" to friends and other gamers, and I despise the idea of an all-digital game library. But those are all things that we'll see more of as time goes on, so... Well, whatever. What about you?

Tags: next generation, next gen, next gen consoles, gaming culture

4/7/2013 9:57:24 PM Ben Dutka

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Sunday, April 07, 2013 @ 11:20:51 PM

I think if my habits change it will be because I'm having trouble staying dialed in to long games. I just finished Bioshock Infinite and it was the perfect length, but it's getting tougher to stay interested in JRPGs for the whole time. That could be because they just aren't as good as they used to be though. Hard to say.

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Sunday, April 07, 2013 @ 11:26:34 PM

next generation ill not always sit in front of the tv to to play the games.vita is going to help with that

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Killa Tequilla
Sunday, April 07, 2013 @ 11:33:05 PM

My habits will change for sure. To begin, it will be really hard dwindling my backlog. It will be hard to leave my Ps3 behind, because my Ps3 is in fact the console generation that I had most my conscious intact and fully functional. So leaving that "DNA synchronization" (Assassins Creed) of my life behind will be no easy task, one that I will most likely be unable to do. I still have many hours left to get out of my games that I currently own and yet to play, have not finished, or will soon be an upcoming release. I don't really have the time that I used to. I can manage with my 360 and Ps3, add a Ps4 and a 720 to the mix and it will be impossible to keep up. As far as my habits changing, they will, in a way that I will have to manage my time a little bit better.

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Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 12:11:38 AM

Been playing insane amount of games since PS1, PS2 and now PS3. With PS4 around the corner, I have finally reached the point in my life where I just can't find the time to play games anymore.
I will get the PS4, though won't play as mad as I have for the previous 3 generations.
Life is such that I can't find the time for games now. Its up to the newer high school generation to get PS4 and carry that torch just like when I was in high school and purchased my PS1 in 1996. longliveplay

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Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 12:26:58 AM

By the time the next generation is fully entrenched into our lives in a couple years, I will be an RN, so maybe I will look into becoming a two console person. Deciding if that second console is a Nintendo or a Microsoft product will be determined by what Microsoft decides to put out with their nextbox.

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Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 1:22:55 AM

The short answer is I am a gamer for life.

My tastes most certainly will change. When I look back on the 80s all I played were arcade styled games. The Nintendo through PS2 era was when I was most adventurous playing nearly every genre that existed. Then towards the end of the PS2 and the beginning of the PS3 I really gave up on most genres and stuck with mainly a few RPGs, Shooters, & RTSs. Now I find myself intrigued by MMOs, though I still like those other genres as well. I love playing with other people as AI in games has always been subpar and even now still has a long ways to go before I can say that single player is where it is at. If they ever create truely useful AI then I may give up on multiplayer, but until then nothing beats playing against another human.

I am not sure what wonders this next generation will bring but I am looking forward to it regardless, as I am the type of person that embraces change. I don't want games to become stagnant. I unlike some here don't want the games of yesteryear. I want the influences and the successful aspects to be carried on to newer games. I love the hybridising of genres that came with this generation and am hoping they flesh that out even further in the next.

I am with you on the not caring about social features nor do I even want to think of a day in which digital is the only form of media(mind you that won't happen) for games, but everything else doesn't really bother me at all.

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Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 1:34:11 AM

I've slowed down my purchasing dramatically. Mainly it's been due to my transition to university - I chose not to bring my console with me.

I feel my tastes have changed too. I'm not interested in games that don't offer good stories, music, and atmosphere on top of great gameplay. I've even mildly felt disinterested in games that showcase extreme violence and action - I'm looking toward different experiences.

In an earlier Article commenting on female gamer potential it was blatantly (and I agree truthfully) that all of our games today are action oriented. I've started to wonder why or if such things even draw me in anymore.

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Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 2:15:37 AM

One thing I am sure of is that I'll not buy that many games for the PS4 as I did for the PS3.

With the PS3 it's been crazy in periods. I've had multiple games sitting there still with the wrapping on, not even opened. I've had maybe ten titles I've been working on at the same time. I've thrown away games the moment I met resistance. I must have had at least a couple of hundred games over these years, probably even well above that if I sit down and start listing. It's just been way too much.

This time around I'll finish the games before I get a new one, and enjoy each one more.

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Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 3:48:09 AM

Probably I'll just continue the same trends I started this gen: I like to jokingly say that my hobby has shifted from playing video games to buying video games. Mainly thanks to Steam and the PSN, I have dozens of digital games that I just haven't gotten around to yet. But whenever something I like goes on sale, Ill inevitably crack and get it, knowing full well it'll just get added to the end of my backlog.

What hasn't helped in that regard is that I can do so much more than just play games on my console. I'll often find myself popping in a bluray or turning on Netflix or something while I do some work or read or clean or whatever and just leave it on when in finished. I foresee that getting worse as well as consoles add more and more features and services.

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Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 5:11:38 AM

Chances are that I will continue my current trend. I do not game as much as I did when I was younger mostly because work and school take a huge portion of my days.
However, I see myself leaning more towards shooters and puzzlers, and less towards JRPGs.
Socially, I probably will not much of a Gaikai user.
Please direct me to a youth portion so I can go back to the days of completing 5-6 JRPGs a month.

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Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 6:58:30 AM

apart from how much time spent, nothing really ever changed.
ive always hated RTS games, always hated MMOs, always hated TBS, tried many times to get into them but just cant.
only thing next gen will change, hopefully, is how much i enjoy them.
so many games this gen which are REALLY good games, but just cant really enjoy them as much as i should simply because there a bit stale and old.
tomb raider is one of THE best games released this gen, but i still cant help but feel really disappointed with it because i know it could, and should of been so much more!
i really cant think of any games released this gen which were perfect, just everything done how it should be!
theres always something spoiling it.
99% of the time thats just repetition, so hopefully next gen will help alleviate that.

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Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 9:21:36 AM

My gaming habits seem to change each generation. And it's always the same trend - less and less time to play.

Of course, this has nothing to do with the consoles or quality/quantity of games to choose from. It has everything to do with life. Work, Kids, Wife, House, etc... These things own my waking hours nowadays.

I have at least 5 games sitting in plastic at home waiting to be played, and more than a dozen digital titles (courtesy of PS+) waiting to be played. The backlog just keeps getting bigger.

I'll still buy a PS4, of course, but I wonder how much time I'll have to really enjoy it.

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Norrin Radd
Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 10:53:27 AM

Next gen = only one console this time around, instead of all 3.

I'll buy many fewer games, but like Beamoom, I'll finish each one before getting the next one.

For me, the jumping in point will be when one MUST HAVE game releases for PS4. As I peruse the anticipated launch releases, that game is not there yet. Oh don't get me wrong - lots of great games there! Just nothing that for me will push me into the next gen.

I already game far less than I'd like, but I don't see my actual gaming time decreasing in the future either. Of course, that depends on how engrossing the games are as well.

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Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 1:40:58 PM

I saw my gaming taste change dramatically this generation. On the PS2, I spent 80% of my gaming time playing sports type games, college football and collage basketball. The Resident Evil, God of War, and Onimusha series filled in most of the other 20%. Then the PS3 came out and all the games I would normally play had issues or had not come out yet. This made me do something I had never done read a game review. This opened the door to RPG, shooters, and sandbox games that I would have never tried.
Now I spend about 10%, if that, playing sports games.
For my having very few good games to choose from in the early days of the PS3 lead to my own gaming revolution.

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