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Veteran Gamers: Gauge Your Excitement Level For Next Gen

I know everyone is excited for the next generation of video game hardware.

But in regards to the long-time gamers out there, I'm wondering how their excitement level compares to that of previous generational shifts. I ask because I'm getting the sneaking suspicion that older gamers aren't quite as enthusiastic about the coming generation.

I'm not saying I'm not excited, and I'm not saying there aren't plenty of people my age who aren't excited. We all are, at least to some extent. But the video game industry has changed so much since the days we first started playing, and I'm wondering if gamers over the age of 30 have some quiet reservations about the upcoming machines. Even if they really like what they see from the PS4, maybe they're not as enthusiastic about the new generation as they have been for other new consoles. And maybe there are reasons for that.

For me, I think I was most excited for the PS2. I do remember being wicked psyched for the SNES because the original Nintendo was such a revelation for my young mind. But there was something that struck me as hugely exciting about the PS2. It was a combination of factors, including my full immersion in JRPGs during the PS1 years (which I really wanted to see on the PS2) and my growing desire to branch out. On top of which, I was working at EB at the time, which sort of fueled my interest. That happens when you're around games and selling games every day.

And while I'm interested to see what the PS4 and new Xbox provide, I have to say, I'm not as anxious for the new generation. At least, not in comparison to what I felt when the PS2 was almost upon us. Granted, I had more time for gaming in those days, so that may also have contributed to my hype level, but I maintain that there's something about altering industry trends that has me lukewarm about the next generation.

Tags: next generation, next gen consoles, gaming industry, video games

4/29/2013 9:51:53 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (42 posts)

fatelementality
Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 10:22:39 PM
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I was so excited for the release of the PS2. I was saddened shortly after by the slow trickle of titles for some time. Same with the PS3. I believe the system release that had me pumped up the most was the N64. Best overall lineup imo. I think that it was going from 2d to 3d graphics that amazed my little brain so much. No sprites, no 2d backgrounds, just true 3d. Sad to say that I didn't even know of the Playstation's existence until I brought my 64 over to a bud's house for some Goldeneye and his older cousin was playing FFVII. The rest is history my friends.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 1:26:21 AM

I didn't really have a problem with the availability of PS2 titles at the start. The launch was extremely underrated in my opinion; I spent a lot of time with Summoner, TimeSplitters, SSX and Unreal Tournament. Then there was Tekken Tag Tournament, which I didn't play much as I'm not a fighting fan, but the game was fantastic.

Besides, it was only a few months and then things started to heat up with Onimusha and Red Faction in late winter. And 2001 became one of the best years in the history of gaming.

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fatelementality
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 6:34:49 AM

I spent most of my time with Armored Core 2 and Timesplitters when I got my PS2. Ahh, I wish someone could capture the fun of the first Red Faction...minus the 2 minute load times between each area.

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firesoul453
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 10:48:27 AM

I was playing my N64 a few years into the the ps2's life cycle and its was fun, but when I got my ps2 I felt like I was missing out on so many games.

The N64 definitely has quite a few great games but while the ps2 has a slow start, compare the two libraries of games now. ps2 has what? 6 times the number of games?

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fatelementality
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 12:37:06 PM

It does now but the 64 had a lot for it's day and they were almost all top tier titles. Was just more excited for it's launch than the PS2 or 3.

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xenris
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 8:07:04 PM

What I want to see fatelementality in the next gen is someone make a game with the physics like Red Faction but taken to a whole new level. Now THAT would be awesome. I remember having so much fun with the Red Faction multiplayer. Digging tunnels to the enemy base, or making pits that they couldnt get out of and then you shot them while they were in the holes :P

The load times did suck though even on the PC.

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sobleck
Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 10:43:27 PM
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I was most excited for the n64 and ps3. Mostly because I thought I had no hope of having a ps2 until my dad waltzed in the house one day and dropped it on me lap. I almost went crazy. Funny enough he got me Kingdom hearts as my first game. I was stunned.

I went game crazy for rpgs, got ff7 for pc, by the time the ps3 came about I was giddy as a school girl. I've had quite a fee great experiences on the ps3...but somehow I find my excitement tapered for the ps4.

This generation has seen a lot of changes that simply don't support the factors that made me an avid gamer. I think the next generation may see me become a spectator. I shall play a game here and there, not many. I don't even know if I'll own consoles. I will however remember the awe I felt when playing the n64,ps2,and 3.

Many bonds and friendships were made, many rivalries formed, and many laughs had. I love what gaming did for me as a kid. I do truly wonder if it's time to bid it adieu.

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Akuma07
Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 10:51:32 PM
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I am quite pumped for the PS4.

The next generation is going to bring new innovations in gameplay, whereas the current generation was just the same as the previous one, with better graphics. It was things like PSN that made this generation great.

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Bonampak
Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 11:06:27 PM
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What I've realize with the current generation, is that a much younger demographic (younger than those of us who started with the SNES, PS1 or a N64), they have been very successful in moving the whole industry to cater their specific needs.

So I now find myself in a situation where I have to check out mostly Indie games. Trying to find games that are a lot more diverse than what we mostly get from the big companies on consoles: shooters and almost nothing but shooters.

I believe that eventually, us 'old timers' will need to either move on, or adapt. Giving newer generation of gamers, the spotlight. It'll happen regardless of what we do.

Anyway, I'm not sure that being excited for new hardware should be our focus here. Because I believe that we should be more concerned about that new hardware still being able to deliver the GAMES that we want to play.

The PS4 will probably satisfy new and old gamers alike, though. Mostly because Sony and its 2nd party devs usually create games that are not the typical mindless manure that comes from certain 3rd party devs.

So I'm thinking that it will all turn out alright for us all.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 11:07:55 PM
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At 31 I know the feelin'. But I have to say I'm pretty excited for PS4, more than I was for PS3. When PS3 came in 07 I really wasn't gaming much, I saw PS3 as my bridge to the next Final Fantasy and other JRPGs.

Well that didn't happen... in an epic way. And while I've been very satisfied with what came out this gen I'm looking at the PS4 from a vantage point I honestly haven't had until my late 20s: wisdom. That same wisdom is what brought me to try new kinds of games and get blown away by what was possible on PS3.

I realize a new console can't ever give me that same jazzed feeling I got as a kid, but what it can do is allow me to appreciate on a whole new level the full rise to prominence of this hobby we all love. I'm excited to immerse myself in these wonderful new fantasy worlds as an full fledged adult and hopefully give back to the gaming community with my continued writing.

I'm thrilled to witness what is possible when creative minds work together with the latest technology to make possible things that were never possible before in the history of mankind.

And I'm excited because the next gen comes when I am finally comfortable with who I am as an adult gamer. What does that mean? It means I love this sh*t and I'm not even gonna apologize for it or hide it for fear of getting labelled with lame old gamer stereotypes. Yes, I play video games, you don't think that's cool? Well I got no time for you then.

Gaming is some of the sh*t I enjoy in my free time. I don't go to bars anymore, I don't have groups of friends hanging around throwing juvenile parties. I'm too old for all that. So what's fun and doesn't suck? GAMES! I like my writing, and my books, and my movies, and my GAMING.

So yeah, I feel I've go the wisdom now to appreciate the next gen in a whole new way. What do I see when I look at PS4? Possibilities without end.

I think PS4 will allow me to establish a presence within their network that just screams "World" and I'm ready to put that together and jack it into everything out there like FB and Twitter, etc.

There I will become a meta-presence and a force to be reckoned with as well as a gamer who has reached the level of a Sage.

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556pineapple
Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 11:58:14 PM
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I'm 25, and I have to say I'm less excited now than I was for the launch of the current or previous generations. Oh, I'm definitely excited for the new generation, especially with games like inFamous, Killzone, and Watch Dogs being available at launch, but it still pales in comparison to the feeling of excitement I had learning new details about the PS2 and PS3, while anxiously awaiting the day when I would get to play them. Unfortunately, I can't pinpoint the reason for this. Maybe it's because I'm older, maybe it's because I'm very satisfied with the current generation as it is, or maybe it's because I've been more focused on other aspects of my life, but I'm very comfortable with the wait until the launch. Maybe that's going to change around the time E3 rolls around.

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dmiitrie
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 12:09:01 AM
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I'm looking forward to the PS4, but not really excited about it. Ironically though, this might actually be the very first console I get on day 1. However that's entirely because of my disposable income, relative to what it was at previous launches. Lol

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Jed
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 12:19:07 AM
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I'm 27 now and I'm still pretty pumped about the PS4. With most of the other generation jumps it was mostly about graphics. But now I'm excited about how much bigger and better the A.I. and levels can be in the next gen games.

So maybe I'm excited for different reasons, but still excited nonetheless.

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PC_Max
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 12:32:04 AM
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I admit it, ever since my dad brought home Pong back in the 70's... I was hooked to gaming. It made its meteoric rise and now.. geez almost 40 years later I am starting to actually get bored with most of the games. There are now really only a select few that come out that interest me when in the old days I was hungry for almost anything. Almost I said. MY focus has been on story and characters which ties in to gameplay as well for me.

As for the PS4, all I hear from many people in their comments from what they have seen is.. wow that looks great.. awesome visuals. Maybe thats what is tiring me. On the surface it all nice, but no one seems overly concerned about the substance. Like now its cool to judge a book by its cover and the content, well...

It could be when I was younger I was more forgiving and blind to issues in games, but now watch where and on what I spend my money. :)

I will sit on the sidelines and watch the approach of the PS4, but I think it will be a year before things settle and I see what the PS4 brings or plans to bring before I make a possible purchase.

Yep, I am looking, but not buying... yet.

Keep Playing!

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 12:49:07 AM
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I'm pretty stoked force PS4. Will probably have to wait a bit before I can pick one up but that's okay. I waited almost a year to get the PS3.

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Amnesiac
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 1:48:05 AM
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I'll have to wait and see if the games appeal to me before I buy a PS4. In my mind the industry has already peaked -that is to say- when the game industry catered to my specific interests which was the PS1 era.
IMO The PS2 for all its glory and potential was built into something more orientated for profits & shareholder stock rather than the loyal gamer.
Games started to have extremely long delay times. Sometimes the very same titles were rushed to the stores incomplete or unfinished despite the aforementioned delays. Others that looked promising were never released at all in the US.
but I digress..
I enjoyed many PS2 games most of which are now PSN classics but I also noticed a shift in the industry standard: games were being developed based solely on the current trend rather than on innovation.
I'm sure this mostly has something to do with the rise of the XBOX, but for me personally I realized that the reign of the PS1 would be the last console to define me.

I've been a gamer my whole life but lately I feel as though I'm just a tourist.
I'm hoping the Ps4 changes that.

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 2:25:58 AM
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I was excited for the PS1 2 and 3 launches but I'm not excited at all for the PS4. I'm 30 years old.

I think we should only get a new console when the current generation is rehashing the same graphics and technical quality.

I'm loving my PS3. The last games I bought (not old heavily discounted titles) were AC3 and Dishonored and I am currently playing through a mix of DA2, ME Trilogy, Skyrim and GT4. I've struggled to get excited about any other games released in the past 6 months.

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Gordo
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 2:32:16 AM
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The sensible and economic thing to do would be to wait on the sidelines for a year or 18 months then buy a PS4 when there is a decent price cut, they've ironed out the software niggles, there is a good number of games and the first wave of games are all going cheap!

But...

No doubt the blood will be pumping and I'll buy one at Xmas with some pumped up justification to myself at some extravagent price of 750 Aussie dollars.

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Rogueagent01
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 3:01:11 AM
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I am almost 34 now and I have to say I am very excited about the PS4. With the new focus towards allowing PC styled games into the mix(x86 architecture), we will without a doubt see many things that we thought were losing ground or as some like to say dieing have a massive resurgence. Don't get me wrong the Dreamcast still holds the number one spot on my "Oh my God, I have to have it!" list, but the same reasons that made me have to have the Dreamcast also feel like they are going to be apart of the PS4. If I have the money I will surely be buying it day 1.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 3:04:00 AM
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As one matures one tend to be less exstatic about *anything* as we learn to put things into a proper perspective.
If I saw an adult behaving like a teen over a new gaming console I would make my thought about the mental stability of that person, I must say.

But with that said, I really am excited about the PS4 although in an adult, rational way. :)
For me, the PS4 symbolizes one good step closer to the kind of games I want to see. So I guess it feels kinda like it must have felt to go from b/w to colour TV. Or, for that matter, going from a 24" 4:3 TV to a sexy 50" widescreen. One is allowed to be a bit excited about that. :)


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Rogueagent01
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 3:23:25 AM

I really do get what you're saying, but I give you the go ahead to judge my mental stability now, because up until the day I die I will have certain things that get me as excited as a giddy little schoolgirl. I get that way when I buy something new for my drumset, a new telescope, when I go skydiving, or look into buying a new motorcycle just to name a few.

I will always want to keep that kind of excitement alive in me just the same as making sure my imagination never starts to decline, since if either happen to me that would be the day that depression would take over my life.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 4:24:47 AM

But do you still feel it as strong as you did when you were a kid, when *nothing* else in the entire *world* mattered as long as you'll get that thing? Back when you'd give quite literally everything you own in order to get your hands on whatever it was?

Man I did many poor trade deals while in that mental state, back when I was a kid.


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Rogueagent01
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 6:02:48 PM

Yes, in fact I do, especially when it comes to music or skydiving. The others have dwindled down slightly but are still very high up there. I never really had the issue of giving everything I own to get what I want though, so I can honestly say that hasn't changed since I never really took that approach even when I was a kid. The only thiing that would resemble that I guess would be back in the 90s I was willing to trade games in, where as now it is only if I need to pay a bill or put food on the table. I would be willing to trade games in again if the market was fair but as we all know it is far from it.

I am a kid at heart and humble in what I need in life(largely in part to me being Buddhist) so I think it makes for a good combination.

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Axe99
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 8:17:51 PM

+1 - 37 here and very excited, but excitement now much more in the context of other things (family, social issues, etc;). But in the context of my #1 hobby, PS4 looks phenomenal :D.

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___________
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 5:47:57 AM
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i really cant say because i dont know what to expect.
if were getting what i expect, ie just shinier paint then meh i really could not care less!
though if were getting what we should be, ie developers using the extra capabilities for far more than just prettier objects, but better AI, more openness and variety, more creativity, then im as excited for this generation as ive ever been!

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Banky A
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 5:55:39 AM
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excited. mainly because ill most likely actually have the money for it. will wait half a month first

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mick
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 7:39:44 AM
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I've been gaming since I had a buddy loan me Hexen and Wolfenstein on a floppy disc...yes, I'll be half a century this year...so I believe I qualify as a "veteran gamer"!

My first console was the N64, and I was amazed by it - then came Halo and the Xbox - Dreamcast, various Playstations, Gamecube, up to current generation consoles along with PC gaming.

Having said all that - I'm very excited for the PS4, and will be getting it Day 1. As someone else said, not so much for the box itself, but for the ideas and possibilities behind it. I like the direction Sony appears to be going - both "getting back to gamers" and encouraging indie developers. I like that the hardware seems to be user friendly, which will make it easier for developers to more fully immerse me in the game. Because, at the end of the day, it is a game. Something I can relax with, lose myself in, and just ENJOY.

So I would say I'm most excited about the upcoming generation of consoles, specifically the PS4, as opposed to any other generation.

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cLoudou
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 8:23:30 AM
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Uber excited. First time I will be getting a console at launch, not counting handhelds.

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Sir Dan
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 8:26:17 AM
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I'm 46 and shaking with excitment!!!! Hold me.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 9:11:46 AM

*stands behind just in case you faint*

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Sir Dan
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 9:53:51 AM

Bless you Clamedeus... At my age this might just be Parkinson's though... We'll find out "Holiday 2013" I guess...

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LaasYaNir
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 11:03:25 AM
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44 here and it seems like every new generation, I get more excited about what's on the horizon. Don't let anyone tell you you're too old to be a gamer.

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Comic Shaman
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 3:34:06 PM

Hey, it's another member of the 44 club. Tip of the hat to you.

Certainly experience with the previous generations has tempered what might have been undiluted excitement when I was younger. This past generation of the PS3/X360 has seen some developments that I'm not too happy about. As the game industry grows and more money is at stake, that affects the creative atmosphere... sometimes for the worse. And the decline of SquareEnix has been a particular disappointment in this cycle.

That being said, I'm still feeling my hopes rising for this upcoming gen. The thing that gets me pscyhed is not the hardware or the specs, but the enthusiasm I'm seeing from my favorite developers. That's a very good sign.

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nogoat23
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 11:15:08 AM
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I'm 29. I started on the SNES, then N64, then PS2 mid generation, then PS3. I think I was the most excited by the PS3. It came out right at that time when I had lots of time and money for gaming. Now I have a little less of both, and I simply don't game as much as I used to.

Also, I'm probably a bit jaded about what's happened to Final Fantasy this generation. In the other generations I didn't experience that; where a game I really like didn't make awesome sequels. So now instead of looking to the future with hope and sparkles in my eyes, I look with tempered expectations.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 12:04:05 PM
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I am very excited for the PS4. I just hope America is too.

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Wissam
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 12:06:09 PM
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Not really due to my age and not being satisfied with the ps3. aside from few titles games these days became really boring.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 1:10:55 PM
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I'm excited for PS4 but because I know it's a good year or two out for me it's more tempered than ordinary.
As for the console launch that created the most excitement for me I'm going with the Dreamcast. Dreamcast came during a time when I was really feeling the very polarized transition from arcade quality hardware and home console hardware. I worked at an arcade at the time so this was just really apparant. Everything from Capcom's CPS2 games to the jarringly better Sega Model 2 and 3 games made me feel the PSX era just couldn't end soon enough. I was so tired of pixelated graphics, texture warping and distortion and just all of those things that would remind us of how crude 32-bit 3D gaming was. The Dreamcast eliminated so much of that. So for me the Dreamcast was a big deal because it represented the first legitimate bridge between the two realms. Arcade quality gaming finally came home with Dreamcast. For me at the time it felt priceless.

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JROD0823
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 3:14:58 PM
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I'm excited for the PS4, but as time has gone on I have become less anxious for each new generation's arrival.

Maybe age and maturity have brought patience and restraint that one lacks in youth.

I'm 28, so I'm not an old geezer by any means, but I have been around long enough to see most home console generations come and go, and I marvel at how far technology has advanced in the years of my so far brief existence.

I wonder how long the innovation and progression of technology in gaming will be able to advance before it hits a plateau where we see absolutely zero advancement in graphics and gameplay, or will this not take place in our lifetimes?

Only time will tell. :)

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tes37
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 6:03:20 PM
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I'll be 43 soon and I'm kind of excited about the PS4. Although I was more excited about past console launches, the PS4 may be my first day one console purchase.

I'm a little less excited because I know as soon as my PS3 kicks the bucket, I'll be SOL when it comes to the classic games I have on the drive unless I buy another PS3. I hope Sony eventually allows me access to games like Galaga, Joust, Pac Man, Q-Bert, and Frogger that are in my download/purchase list.

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ethird1
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 8:39:41 PM
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When I retire I will play videogames and look at the free internet porn. Some dumbass will record my elderly escapades and put it on youtube. I will become famous and as soon as I make my first million I will die of a heart attack while yelling at Ben for being a noob and not healing me fast enough and letting me die on purpose to a boss mob in Final Fantasy 45 Online. Future true story. Internet sage says so.

End of line.

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Highlightreel
Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 11:48:35 AM
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I'm 37 and have been gaming since I finally saved enough money to buy my Atari only to have Nintendo come out a month later. (a problem the interwebs would have helped me avoid!)

I'd say I'm excited as a gaming and Playstation fan. But not as excited as I was for the PS3.

Now I'm more choosy about what I play as having a family, etc eats up more of my time than before. I can't play for 6 hours straight anymore like with Socom on the PS2.

So this next generation will be more about the games. I need to spend my time wisely. Not just grabbing games and giving them a shot. The PS3 was more of a "wow, look at those graphics compared to the PS2!"

For the PS4, I'm more looking at what it can offer for AI, depth of games, technical aspects that have been of want in this generation. And to be honest, the jump from the PS3 to the PS4, from what I know so far, doesn't peg it as a day 1 purchase. I want it to destroy the next xbox, but don't feel the urge to pounce day 1 just yet.

And a side thank you to the devs for the cross platforming. That is helping too. GTAV and Battlefield being on the PS3 is huge.

Stay Classy PSX...

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Ather
Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 5:17:23 PM
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It's the money. $510 got me a NES, with 2 games, 2 controllers, a light gun, and R.O.B. games cost $20-$25. Consoles played games, the end. Now, every system has to be online, and offer realisiitc graphics, and you get 1 controller, no game, and pay up to 3 times as much. Games have also almost tripled. People justify the price for the value, but most of that value is for things I don't want. I have no desire to play Netflix or Hulu or Youtube on my system. My computer does that. Ditto Facebook & Twitter. Play Blu-Rays? Have a player. Comes with a remote.

Great the companies want to make developers happier, but remember the consumers. Developers whine they can't innovate after 7 years? Well, lower the prices of your games. Get the Big 3 to lower their console prices (not raise em like Nintendo did). $500 every 5 years is sick. Now they want $80 per game on top of that? Good luck getting a populace devestated by a failed economy to shell out several thousand every 5 years.

So basically, too much money for too many unwanted things, too often.

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