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In The New Generation, The Real Winners Will Be Gamers

It's fun to ask: "Who's gonna win?" It always incites plenty of passionate, entertaining discussion and arguments in video game communities around the Internet.

Many gamers have theories regarding the ultimate "winner" and "loser" in the upcoming generation. However, when analyzing the near future of the gaming industry, one can't help but zero in on a guaranteed winner:

The gamers themselves.

As much as we've all lamented a certain changing of the guard, which has involved the significant - if not drastic - alteration of beloved franchises, we should realize that the new era of gaming will reach new heights in variety and diversity. Although we wish certain blockbuster franchises didn't rule the planet and result in terms like "annualization," we feel a sense of freedom when looking ahead. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the industry going full-on digital, and I believe we've got a long way to go in the artistic realm. Quantic Dream, Naughty Dog, Thatgamecompany and Kojima Productions can't do it all by themselves, ya know.

That being said, look what awaits us. There will be everything from small bite-size games of every genre and type available in digital format. There's extra content for almost every new game that continues to add replay value long after the initial release. There's the online multiplayer component for games, which will be bigger and more robust than ever before. The added technological wizardry will not only enhance things like AI and realistic physics, but it will also give game designers room to grow. At any given time, we can turn on one of our new consoles and play almost exactly what we want. If we look, we should be able to find it.

Old-school stuff is making a serious comeback, especially in the growing realm of indie development. Platformers, old-fashioned RPGs, top-down action goodness, puzzlers, strategy blended with action, and innovation and creativity; it's all just waiting to be sampled. In everything from the smallest, humblest virtual attempt to the biggest AAA productions we will be the winners. Honestly, we're rapidly reaching the point where if you can't find anything you want to play, you just don't like video games. For those who are old enough to remember, there is no comparison to the old days. We often put the Golden Age of gaming on a pedestal but really, we all remember, don't we...? Think back, if you please.

We remember searching vainly through store shelves for a game to rent or buy. A game that A. we haven't already played several times before, and B. doesn't look so atrocious it'd be downright laughable. Sure, I don't have my big-budget turn-based RPGs anymore. And there is more evidence that various unwanted trends from the film industry are leaking into gaming. But if we put that aside for a moment and look to the future with open, optimistic eyes, we see a vast expanse of possibility. And in that vast expanse is a veritable treasure trove of interactive experiences. Maybe we should just be thankful for that.

Tags: next generation, next gen consoles, gamers, video games

9/2/2013 10:00:13 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (25 posts)

Burton
Monday, September 02, 2013 @ 11:13:24 PM
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So many games to choose from, my backlog is massive. I do know that I will be a quite a bit more selective with my purchases in the future. Buyers remorse beware, I've got you cornered this gen ;)

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Temjin001
Monday, September 02, 2013 @ 11:22:40 PM
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...t..too.. much positive enthusiasm has locked my cynical mind up temporarily... can't think of a way to spin this bad =p

I'm excited for the next-gen. I do think it's good Sony has direct competition with someone, even if it's butt faced MS. But there's just too quality gaming this gen to move onto new hardware anytime soon.

I suppose I won't start feeling the next-gen itch until Sega steps up with VF6 or Namco with Tekken 7, both of which I expect some sort of announcements in the coming year or two with DOA6 appearing shortly thereafter.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, September 02, 2013 @ 11:54:37 PM
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I think the industry, overall, are the winners. I will only like what I like, but since now there are enough people who like all kinds of crazy stuff there is something for everyone, and everyone is being brought on board the gaming industry whether they like it or not.

Ours is the time for a true digitized renaissance in entertainment that anybody can embrace and become a part of the glitz.

There's nothing remotely interesting happening with movies or music or modern literature. Gaming is the force of the future that will rule the cell phones, home consoles on TVs, portable systems, and the whole family entertainment industry.

We win because we were the geeks who played games before, and now every body else wants to be just like us and the technology is ready to receive them into our ranks.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 6:46:08 AM

When it comes to modern literature I agree with you. There just aren't very many great new-age authors like Cormac McCarthy. Just a whole bunch of J.K Rowling/Stephanie Meyer/Nicholas Sparks-like hacks. Although Kate Forsyth has a special place in my heart. (>.>)
Movies are in a similar boat, but I think that industry is in a better state than it was the eighties. At least there's some substance in most protagonists these days, unlike the days when Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone were the draws. And we occasionally get really interesting stuff like The Artist.
For music, I heartily disagree. If you're looking at the mainstream, you're completely right, of course, and if you're looking for experimentation you aren't likely to find anything good as dubstep is the typical special of the day... but there are still some amazing artists out there doing their own thing. Vampire Weekend, Seth Sentry, Flume, Jinja Safari, The Waifs, Major Lazer, Haim, Wolf Alice. I find the different sounds of these artists/groups "interesting".

That being said, you are right in the overarching sentiment. Gaming is the rising force and it's drawing people in to sample its wares, even if they don't stick around, or they just play on phones. There's nothing wrong with that. It just means that gaming, or particular subsets of the hobby, are not for them. I think we'll gain more followers than those that choose not to partake, and that uptake will only increase until we hit critical mass.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 10:02:55 AM

I would also point to the massive fall of the summer movie blockbuster, audiences seem to actually finally get tired of having their senses assaulted.

Pillars of the Earth could be something interesting in modern lit.

I shouldn't say there isn't anything remotely interesting in film, that's an overstatement. But the popular movie industry is breaking down.

It's just more fun to grandstand :)

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Gordo
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 2:24:30 AM
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Excited for the next gen. May wait a while to dive in and get a PS4. At least until the first price cut.

My Vita is getting all my love at the moment. Killzone Merc cannot come quick enough.

Definitely the gamer is the winner for the next gen but hopefully also the developers. We need a healthy industry so please no pirated PS4s. Can remember all the issues with the PS3. Luckily they really didn't impact on sales.

Fingers crossed!

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Beamboom
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 4:11:21 AM
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I got sky high expectations, both in regards to width *and* depth of genres.
With a more versatile hardware I eagerly welcome the next generation. I think it will mark more of a milestone in the history of gaming than our current generation ever did.

Yup, I'm pumped up and ready! :)

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 4:16:04 AM

I just can't believe you will not play GTA V on Ps3 and wait for who knows how long for a Ps4 version (or PC?).

You've seen how amazing GTA V and GTAO is. Why wait? It may never come to next gen consoles or PC. You'll be waiting forever and ever.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 5:02:22 AM

I know, I know. I'm an idiot. At this point it's just plain stubbornness. I've said I would wait, and now by God I shall do so! :D

It WILL come to at *least* one of them, either the PS4 or the PC. Of that I am certain. But the wait? Oh man it might just kill me.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 6:27:17 AM

It'll definitely be on the PC, that much I'll assure you. I don't think R* will port it to next-gen though. They just don't do cross-gen. Unless you want to count Bully/Manhunt on PS2/Wii or Table Tennis on Wii/360, which I don't think qualify - the first because the Wii was more on par with the PS2 anyway and the latter because it was little more than a tech demo for the RAGE.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 7:54:19 AM

Heck they even ported GTA3 and Vice City for PHONES, Lawless. They will have no principal problems with releasing a PS4 version this close to the generation shift.
I'm not saying it's guaranteed, but it's plausible.

The PC version I too take for granted. But I sincerely hope for the PS4 version, mainly cause my favourite coop buddy is a PS gamer and I want to hook up and do the coop stuff in GTA5 with him.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 10:53:53 AM

I do believe GTAV will eventually come to PS4, and probably as some sort of expanded, special, GotY edition. Personally, I'm not willing to wait but with so many games coming out, I'm sure Beamboom will have plenty to play. :)

I would not, however, be able to so easily pass on Beyond: Two Souls, which very likely will never be available on PS4.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 4:27:54 PM

That's exactly what I'm thinking too, Ben.

The wait will be hardest the first couple of months right after it's released and until the PS4 is here, then things will get much easier.

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 5:40:06 PM

Beam

Why not play it on Ps3, then get it on Ps4 when it's out? Why wait?


Regardless, I hope you're happy with your decision.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 8:52:00 PM

Im waiting on GTAV as well. Im not as impressed woth the way GTAV os looking right now as everyone else is. But thats not why Im waiting, Im waiting because I certainly wont have it finish by the time I get my PS4 and after that, its shelved anyays.

The game I couldnt wait for was Diablo 3. Ive been waiting for this game far too long to hit consoles. And im sire the PS4 version will be good but, whatever, im being hipocritical. Gonna go play it now actuallu!.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 4:49:49 AM

Killa,
I am just so dead tired of my PS3, that's why.
The machine has lost all appeal to me. I don't even have it in my home anymore - I've moved the PS3s and the entire collection over to our holiday resort, to let it enjoy a quiet and calm retirement there.

So yeah it will be hard to watch you all enjoy GTA5, but I've not even bothered turning the PS3 on since last xmas. I even got the Far Cry 3 barely unwrapped - not even that game motivated me to turn on the PS3 again.


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___________
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 4:32:25 AM
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kinda the whole point of competition.
i just hope the lackluster uninspired disappointing specs of "next gen" systems dont stiffel the experiences will be getting.
well, too much..........

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 6:33:30 AM
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I agree with this. There has definitely been a massive explosion in the gaming sector these last couple of years and I think the momentum will only carry forward. Don't really have anything else to add except that I take issue with your list RE: developer-artists. I know that you can't list everyone, but I think that skipping Sony Japan Studio, Irrational, Giant Sparrow and Ninja Theory, to name but a few, is an oversight.

Game over. We win.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 7:23:32 AM
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yeah i guess you are right in saying that we the gamers are the true winners cos we get lots of great games but i guess the fan inside all of us likes to say our prefered game or company(battlefied or sony) will be the victor in their respective catagory. but yea we will in that over-view respect for sure.

happy gaming =)

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amonte64
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 2:17:05 PM
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Gamers will be the winners? you have to be kidding. Current gen and this upcoming gen:

Incomplete games released.
Incomplete games released so the BS, greedy, anti consumer corporations will release the content for a fee later on.
Day one "post launch content"
Disk locked content.
DRM.
Online pass.
Push for requiring internet to do anything, even things that work perfectly, if not better, offline.
Charging for post launch content that should and can be free.
Overpricing post launch content.
BS "Westernizing," even though it's just United States-nizing, all games.
Annual releases full price with small changes.
More anti consumer, privacy and freedom practices.
Less features. PS2 could do 8 players offline multiplayer, PS3 can only do 7 and PS4 only 4. Even Xbone can do 8.
Mandatory game data installs on all games.
Can't install anything on an external device.
Will have to keep buying bigger and more expensive HDDs.
Overpriced games.
Overpriced accessories.

Yeah, consumers/gamers definitely win.

Now, I expect this comment to get many thumbs down because, let's face it, the reason why all of the above things happen is because enough consumers/gamers are dumb enough to accept them and some of them are corporate slave/fanboys, they will defend it and support it no matter what.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 3:22:13 PM

For someone who apparently doesn't want to pay for anything ever, you have an awful lot of demands.

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JROD0823
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 7:59:42 PM

I sure hope you don't live on any form of government welfare, because I'd hate to hear the kind of complaints you'd make if you were to visit the welfare office.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 8:56:24 PM

JROD0233: Wouldn't be surprised if he was taking some form of assistance. I smell disgusting levels of entitlement...

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JROD0823
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 8:11:43 PM
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I'm very excited for the upcoming generation of video games.

I think we have some great experiences in store for us over the coming decade. :)

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ricksterj
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 12:25:04 PM
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The "REAL winners" will be the console makers and game developers/publishers from all the $$$ they'll rake in from the lambs/lemmings which we the consumers are.

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