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Have The New Systems Cured Your "Generation Fatigue?"

The PS3/360 generation lasted quite a long while indeed, perhaps even longer than everyone initially anticipated.

The Xbox 360 launched way back in 2006 and the PS3 came out a year later, and because the new systems didn't arrive until just a few weeks ago, "generational fatigue" was common. Developers and gamers alike complained of it.

I'm positive I saw examples of that on the developer side when reviewing games this year. Some titles were just screaming for more effort, and they were indicative of a design team that might be a little tired with the current hardware limitations. While it's nice to get all familiar with a machine, I'm willing to bet that most developers ultimately enjoy the challenge of learning something new. That's especially true if that "something new" allows them to create bigger and better games.

On the gamer side, a great many complained of being tired with the PS3 and 360. For my part, I could've gone another year (or two) without getting another console; there are plenty of games available for the current-gen systems and I'm always behind, anyway. But not everyone felt this way; a lot of fans were champing at the bit. So, if you were one of those individuals, now that you have the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One (or both), are you appeased? Do you feel excited again about the future of gaming? Or are you thinking that in fact, you too could've waited a bit longer?

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

12/15/2013 10:23:56 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (38 posts)

bigrailer19
Sunday, December 15, 2013 @ 10:54:40 PM
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More than excited. If Killzone Shadow Fall is a glimpse of what to look forward to its gonna be an awesome generation.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, December 15, 2013 @ 11:03:05 PM
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9 more days :)

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SaiyanSempai
Sunday, December 15, 2013 @ 11:40:11 PM
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The PS4 has certainly cured me. I found myself not logging in for longer and longer periods of time on the PS3. And the cross media bar, as much as I loved it, was really starting to show it's limitations. Still love my PS3 though and need to play The Last of Us.

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Sandtech
Sunday, December 15, 2013 @ 11:57:29 PM
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I am excited to see what the next gen rpg will look like on the console but I could have easily gone another year on this gen. Dark Souls 2 will keep me busy for a long time to come.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 12:05:21 AM
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Feels like the beginning of the end. Just a year ago I would play everyday some. A year ago to now, I play less and less. I need a cure here. Someone know of some good RPG/JRPGs I can play to get in to? Has to be either on Ps3 or Ps4. Has to be easy enough for a newbie. Okay graphics, just the whole package in general. Oohh... and Ni No Kuni is out of the picture. I would prefer if you didn't mention a ps1/ps2 game. Ps3/4 only. Help me PSX!

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Banky A
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 12:57:11 AM

- The Tales games
- Star Ocean: The Last Hope (do not even look at this if you're a completionist though).
- Valkyria Chronicles !!! best Jap TBS gem

They're all easy for newbies because they have easy difficulties. If you want the one with the least difficult story progression (puzzles etc), then Tales of Xillia.

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Wrote
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 1:56:36 AM

Have you tried Fallout or Skyrim? They're both easy and easy to get onto not yo mention their goty editions are cheap now. I know you said ps3/4 but if you have spare cash get a cheap used Wii and Xenoblade Chronicles, its one of the best jrpgs I've ever played.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 7:47:03 AM

Tales of Xillia is much more beginner friendly than Graces f. There's a ton of depth and the ability to carefully craft and play all characters, but if you want you can auto-level them all and just stick to one character.

If you have any patience I strongly suggest you get FFX HD. DON'T disregard it because it started life on PS2. Just don't. Ever.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 10:20:12 AM

Well FFX HD is on Ps3 ain't it? So, it's okay in my book! Thanks guys, let me youtube some of these games and see is anything interests me. A Wii is dirt cheap now, maybe I can get Xenoblade Chronicles.

And yeah, I did put 90hrs on Skyrim. But my game got buggy after that.

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BigT_1980
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 12:27:45 AM
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Great article. I'm not really feeling the fatigue others are feeling with this generation. I have no problem with what is available now and the games to come later on this year, plus I have a large backlog to catch up on.

A friend of mine got a PS4 and I played it some last night, It seems like a great system. I will eventually get one sometime down the road.

Factors that would have me purchase a PS4 are:

- a next gen exclusive that is a must play for me comes out.

- 1st and 3rd party developers stop making any games that interest me on the PS3.

- The PS4 receives a significant price cut, however to be honest the price is good enough for me to bite right now, if one of the first 2 factors occur.

On a side note, Ben I believe the XBOX 360 come out in late 2005, and the the PS3 came out in late 2006.

Now, back to playing GT 6!!!

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Masszt3r
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 12:43:59 AM
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I don't feel fatigue at all. There are so many great PS3 games I have yet to play. I could live without the PS4 for another two years

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Banky A
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 12:50:32 AM

Same here. I think I'll only have time to invest in a PS4 after I complete main degree in two years.

Will probably give in though.

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Banky A
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 12:48:56 AM
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You can tell I'm starting to turn into a Jap freak with googly eyes because I have not played a single game on the poll list... wow.

I do have Tearaway though and will play that and DmC (PS+) sometime this month. I've also owned Bioshock Infinite and GoW: Ascension but sold them after I got a new PS3 bundle.

Next year I'll eventually get GTA5 as my last game and if a nice racing wheel comes out/goes down in price before that I'll snag GT6

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Banky A
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 12:58:06 AM

/wrong article woops

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Kiryu
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 1:46:48 AM
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My fatigue still there, will be there till Feb 22nd,after that Japanese PS4 games will start releasing

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 9:40:16 AM

cute new avatar Kiryu

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Kiryu
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 11:29:49 AM

My fav Japanese Actress

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Lawless SXE
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 2:00:36 AM
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I think... I'm not fatigued by the generation, but by gaming as a whole. Not sure what it is, but I often don't feel like playing for days or weeks at a time since I got back; I find myself preferring to read or write and although I don't have a next gen console, I'm not seeing much that's going to rekindle the verve. *le sigh*

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Cole
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 2:26:21 AM

I share your sentiment. There's very little originality and innovation to be found in gaming these days. Understandably so, since the cost of development keeps rising and game studios become less keen to take risks with their games. It feels like we're being served the same gameplay experiences over and over again and I think that's the reason behind the fatigue.

This trend seems to be continuing with the next gen consoles. More of the same, only with better graphics. But who knows.. maybe we'll see something genuinely new at next year's E3. I look forward to being pleasantly surprised.

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BigT_1980
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 8:28:12 AM

If you feel that way Cole, I would suggest you check out the Indie development scene. I agree most major publishing houses stifle creativity, however if you look at smaller independently funded developers, you will find the creativity is still there.

Too overlook Indie games, you are doing a disservice to yourself and the fine people who made these wonderful games. Do yourself a favor and check out PSN, Steam, or XBOX Live for some fun games.

A few recommended games:

- Journey
- Guacamelee
- Fez
- Castle Crashers
- Fat Princess
- Hotel Miami
- Super Stardust
- Geometry Wars
- etc

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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 2:16:00 PM

I feel like that sometimes. But then I think about [that game that didn't get appreciated on this site], and it rekindles my faith & belief in videogames.

Literally just the thought of it inspires a whole train of thought for me, about the nature of videogames, and what they can really be. It's been almost 6 MONTHS since my first playthrough, and I still think about it pretty often. And that's pretty freakin crazy.

...which reminds me, is your analysis of it published now? I'm going to be super critical when I post a comment on it by the way, lol.

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___________
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 2:59:59 AM
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as ive said a million times, its not generation fatigue its creativity fatigue.
if we kept getting games like bioshock infinite, tomb raider, the last of us, grand theft auto V, splinter cell blacklist, ect, ect, id be happy to sit with my last gen systems till the cows came home!
but we dont, we see the year in year out same old same old cut and paste job.
yea im looking forward to the avenues new systems will open up, the new worlds will be able to create because of them.
but thats where the waste lies to me, because we havent seen the worlds current gen games can create!
theres always more to do, everything can always be improved.
weve seen some developers bring amazing experiences to last gen systems, but what would happen, what would be the result, if every developer sat down and tried to bring a amazing meaningful experience instead of just chucking out last years doody?
it just seems wrong, now that weve finally seen developers hit their stride, we cut their head off.
i really wanted to see what else crystal, ND,R*,irrational, ect, ect, i really wanted to see what else they could do with these things.
but were never going to see that, the chickens heads been beheaded well before it hit mid age.
up until last year we really hadent hit the stride of the generation, developers were still learning the ins and outs.
so really this gen has only lasted a year or two, shame to end it so abruptly especially when it was just hitting its stride.

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Beamboom
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 3:16:01 AM
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I'd call it "relieved" rather than "excited", really.
Now all that is missing is the games to make me excited, and we're there. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 9:40:41 AM

You really hung your PS3 up too quickly man.

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Beamboom
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 1:04:11 PM

If I didn't have a PC to game on I'd wholeheartedly agree with you.


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Lord carlos
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 8:42:19 AM
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No ps3 is keeping me busy

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PC_Max
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 8:52:02 AM
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My PS3 is doing well and I am enjoying my games on it. PS4 might be a purchase next Xmas. Possibly.

Again Ben, fair question but timing is off a bit I think. I would generally say that since either system has not been long out in the market and it being at the time of the Xmas holidays will be much euphoria for the purchaser for a while.

The reviews of the games, mediocre as well as so called "realism" being the focus of many elation, tells me... we have a long way to go before anything will blow myself or a few others away. I mean I am still waiting for Half-Life 3 to come out with the hopes it will blow me away like the original did at the time.

I think if its "cured" people fatigue is because its new. Almost like a new trophy to admire.

Thats just me though. IF other purchase are playing the many games and using the many services on the new systems well, I am glad for them. There was something there for them. For me it will be a while before I get overly excited. There is just nothing there for me right now.

Fair question. As me again in a years time.

Other than that Merry Xmas to everyone... and keep playing!

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ProfPlayStation
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 9:21:33 AM
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Generational fatigue was never the problem; it's game industry fatigue. I'm tired of the anti-consumer nonsense and lack of creativity.

On PS3/360, the bad was immediately obvious. Piecemeal DLC, nonstop unoriginal shooters, Online Passes, etc. We were all tired of it. It slowly killed my enthusiasm. While on PS1/PS2, it was exciting until the very end.

Although Xbox One pulled back from the brink of total insanity with their DRM, it's clear where they want to go. The games will make the difference, and so far... shooters, sequels, and /maybe/ some original things coming toward the end of next year. It's too soon to tell. It's great to see some originality from the indie studios, but small games only take things so far. They can't compare to the excitement of a big-budget production, and the big companies don't seem anxious to pick up the torch.

In particular, I'd like to see some things that aren't dripping in blood and gore. Those games help neither general enthusiasm nor the industry's image. Remember PS2? We had both those games, and a whole lot of choice besides them, from big studios all around, making *quality* games. I want another age of PS2.

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JackC8
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 9:40:42 AM
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I built a PC this summer which solve my generational fatigue, now I'm just waiting for Sony, Bethesda and Square Enix to solve my "sequels and shooters and sequels of shooters fatigue". They seem to be the only publishers whose business vs. creativity pendulum hasn't swung all the way over to the business side and stayed there.

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MRSUCCESS
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 10:00:35 AM
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I am excited but I feel there's a lot more life in PS3. There's so much that I am looking forward to that I don't have the PS4 in mind at all.

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CrusaderForever
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 10:55:20 AM
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Yes, however it isn't the cure all I was hoping for. The pop up in BF4 is pretty disappointing. I thought we would be done with that, but I am guessing it is due to the 64 player matches and size of the maps. It's to be expected I guess. Other than that all the other games are excellent and the higher textures and draw distance is a breath of fresh air for me. As well as the DS4! I know I sound like a broken record but the Remote Play is amazing! I cannot believe how well it works. AC4 is breath taking on the Vita.

I keep hearing about there not being enough games on the PS4 and I think people need to correct that statement. They need to say there aren't enough game they are interested in because I think there are a great many games available. Enough games that I don't have time to play them all.

I truly feel bad for all the gamers that bought the X180 for their only console. I cannot see Microsoft keeping up with the Sony Exclusive juggernaut. I really believe that there will be more dual console owners this gen than any other gen before.

Also, just heads up Terraria comes out on the Vita tomorrow. I am seriously considering it today. I am going to buy it but may have to wait with Tearaway, WonderBook Book of Spells, Walking with the Dinosaurs, Skylanders Swap Force and Knack taking up all my time with my son. Also have Super Mario 3D Land and Rayman Legends on the WiiU for Christmas. Yes, Skylanders Swap Force is a beautiful great game on the PS4 and all your old Giants work in Swap Force as well. It's my son's favorite right now. That is WAY to many games for how much time I have available. Wow, it's seriously overwhelming!

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

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Temjin001
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 10:56:41 AM
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I feel those who were bummed out by not having 1080p 60fps just need to be a PC gamer. If their hearts rest so heavily on those pixel and performance indicators PC will always be the better platform.

You have Crytek's Yerli claiming generation fatigue. You have John Carmack claiming tons of unused last gen potential left behind. Both of which are more qualified to say than anyone here. or most the world.

I say If you're a Yerli kind of guy who needs all the graphics tech can offer you just get a PC. If you're something else then push for what Carmack suggests.

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Temjin001
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 1:17:40 PM

I mean really, here was Yerli at the beginning of the year claiming the reason his Crysis 3 game struggled was because of "gamer fatigue." And the lack of hardware is capping his potential.
Then here we are later in the year with his premiering XO title RYSE and it's worse of a game. All of that added processing made this wonderful looking game but with game play that's as brain dead as they come. Really, his ideal for what added processing gives us is entirely the wrong direction. GG isn't off the hook either. They managed to make a KZ that's broadly considered worse then it's predessors. So much for all of this quantum increases in hardware.
I also can't see how anyone who supposedly was "fatigued" is somehow being alleviated now. What? PS4's 1080p resolution tacked onto last gen games is somehow the savior? not. And if they are. Well, time to enlist as a PC gamer.


Yes, I know. Eventually the great PS4 games will come because of the added hardware. But it certainly isn't now. And when they do come they'll be few and far between for a good while.

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___________
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 7:55:41 AM

thats exactly why its hard to get excited about next gen games.
all the ones out now, and even all the games coming next year besides a few really do feel mediocre games, than once every blue moon we get a amazing technological gem like TLoU, bioshock infinite, tomb raider, GTAV.
how long do we have to wait till we see this generations uncharted?
and how often will they come?

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Victor321
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 12:15:27 PM
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The 360 launched in Nov. 2005 with the PS3 following in 2006. :P

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gumbi
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 12:40:00 PM
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I'm still not ready for PS4. I have a mountain of top notch PS3 games that I still haven't played. I'm so far behind...

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wambo
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 1:18:36 PM
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I cud never ditch my ps3 now I have a ps4 , cuz there are so many great games in the ps3 library an so many games I have avoided tp play that I want to play.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Sunday, December 22, 2013 @ 8:02:07 PM
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i'm certainly feeling more excited for playstation now with the new console and all the exciting games coming new year being only a hand full of days left in it the future of playstation looks bright for me

happy gaming =)

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