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So, I have been reading alot of articles concerning new consoles in development lately. But, are the current consoles really maxed out yet? I don't think they are, and to be honest, I am tired of paying for new hardware because of lazy developers. When are any of the big three going to step up and live up to the promises made when new hardware is released? At the beginning of this generation, you had Sony talking about the PS3 as a ten year console. NOW, there are reports of PS4 being in development. I am also now seeing reports that MS is possibly launching a new console by as early as next summer. The only one that doesn't surprise me is the new Wii. That thing was underpowered day one, and as you can clearly see now, it just can't compete with the big dogs in this generation. It started strong, but has clearly lost whatever it was that made it an early contender.
You know, it's not so much the price of new hardware that has me miffed and contemplating giving up my second favourite hobby. No, it's the fact that absolutely NONE of the big three live up to the self-generated hype the put out there right before they launch said new must-have hardware.
So, I was just cruising one of my favorite community sites, SimHQ, and I happened to run across a report about multiplayer no longer being free. In this post, it states that an industry analyst in an interview with OXM says that fall 2011, you can expect to not only pay your overpriced $60 for your game, but then have to be raped for another $50, or so, to play said overpriced, unfinished, P.O.S. game online IN ADDITION! And people were crying about EA and their $10 scam.
So, let me just get out of the way... To ALL of you game publishers out there, you BETTER pull your heads out of your arses! This I promise you, and you don't have to be an analyst to figure this one out. If you follow through on this ridiculous scheme, you will kill your industry. YEP, just start looking for a new livelihood, cause your current one will be gone. Not just because I will be done with gaming, and yes, I will be DONE with gaming altogether, but because A LOT of other people will be done COMPLETELY as well. If the sales numbers aren't enough at this point to clue you in as to the state of the industry, then that absolutely stupid move will be the one to finally seal the fate of gaming. Yes, i will sell my 360 and PS3, and every game and accessory for them, and I will not buy another console. EVER, if that happens. My son who arrives this September will NEVER be allowed to game in my home again. He may play at someone else's home when he is older, but daddy and mummy will NEVER buy him a console or games, and that goes for PC as well. So I DARE you to make that stupid move. I DOUBLE DOG DARE YA to do it.
Also, I just want to clue you guys into something else. Your industry is hanging by a thread already. Yeah, it is. You sold out to the casual gamers to increase profits, alienating the hardcore audience, and NOW you are going to alienate the casual gamer AND the hardcore, catering to the idiots who aren't idiot enough to buy into your pilfering of the audience. Yeah, real smart and classy move d******s! Also, there isn't one title produced this generation I would pay extra to play online, not ONE. Rushed development cycles, people conned into paying extra for content already on disc being labeled as DLC, and even then that con isn't going all that well, is it clowns. Not to mention the lazy QC process' obviously at work these days. Games are so buggy at release these days, which should be really labeled for what they truly are, unfinished. Look at EA, releasing the same software year after year and pilfering you for $60. Not to mention, releasing a particular 'new' Tiger one year that was less than a year before the next one came out. Sorry publishers and developers, I'm out if you ever pull this card. One more thing... I have spent THOUSANDS this decade on gaming, not hundreds, THOUSANDS. So, you better have yourself a slice of humble pie, SOON. You don't have it like that people. The people spending the most money on gaming, the smart ones, will do the smart thing if this report has any merit, and DUMP gaming as a whole. Just like I will.
The business climate in this world at the moment is crazy. 'Yeah, instead of improving our product to justify purchasing it, let's just rip them off'! THAT is the true nature of business in the world right now. Even in the industry I am in, that is their mentality. Pay full price, get less than half of what you pay for. That is the true mentality of the business world at the moment. The world has truly met its hell at the handbasket, and I will tell you this, Robin Hood will raise from the dead before Jesus ever will. Don't buy into this practice gaming brothers and sisters. I am counting on you to make your voice heard on this issue. R.I.P. Gaming, you were fun while you lasted.
You know, life is somuch more busy and stressfull these days, that we are all looking for something that takes us away from that stress and add a bit of fun to our lives. Something that takes us away, although it be very briefly, from our real, everyday lives. For me, I have a couple of things that do that for me. Motorcycles, and gaming. Well, I used to have two. Gaming, at least the multiplayer side of it, has become more of a stressfull chore, more than a time for me to check out of the real world for some relaxation. BUT, th single player side of gaming has never looked as good, until now.
When I turn on my consoles or PC for some good 'ol fragging or racing, the LAST thing I want to do is get into a verbal war with some twelve year old handing my ass to me. But, you either get that, or the immature douche bags ragging on the female gamers, all because said girl wouldn't say hi to him, or engage in immature, INEXPERIENCED I might add, sex talk. What is so fun about having to mute 30 or 40 percent of the suddenly brave e-thugs that infest the FPS multiplayer rooms these days because their moms went to work, so now they can freely overuse every 4 letter word in our language, and verbally abuse any female that doesn't want to see said 12 year olds penis It's not just the FPS gamers now either, it's more and more in other genres as well. Racing, sports, you name it, gaming appears to attract every emo teenager on planet Earth today. Hence the subject,single or multiplayer.
For me today, the single player game is what I am chosing more of these days. Not because of the same old FPS junk they keep pumping out every year, but because I can actually come out of a couple hours of gaming feeling good about it, rather than think about the idiot that ran his mouth so much, he made me consider becoming a serial killer! LOL With games like Assassin's Creed, Tomb Raider, Hitman, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age, I can get into a good story, kill a bunch of baddies, and go on with the rest of my day feeling good about my experience. I do like XBox Live, but the chore of finding a game, waiting for everybody to ready up, the load times, the lag, the dropped connections... I JUST WANT TO BLOW SOMES**T OR SOME PEOPLE UP, AND GET ON WITH MY DAY ALREADY! There is alot to be said for a great story. I don't read either, so I have to get my good stories from games or movies. Gaming just shouldn't be that much work for a good time.
Now, some of you might say I'm afraid of competition, or I need a thicker skin. NO, what I need is for my recreation time to be enjoyable, and fulfilling. So, the single player experiences are where I will be spending most of my future gaming time. As I get older, I will be 39 soon, more and more of lifes adult responsibilities are biting into my gaming time. I just found out my wife and I are having a new baby. I have one daughter left in high school. My job is wanting more out of me for less money these days. So, I don't have time for clans and gaming schedules, or time to wait all night on some group of idiots to get theirs**t together so we can get back to the action. Gaming is supposed to be fun, and I am having way more fun with Assassin's Creed 2 right now, than with Modern Warfare 2.
Thanks to all of you developers out there who continue to pump out the great single player gaming experiences that are in abundance at the moment. Mass Effect 2, Assassin's Creed 2, Dragon Age Origins, the Tomb Raider's, the Hitman's, the Uncharted's, the just released Heavy Rain, and the God of War's. Those games are making me remember why I got into gaming in the first place. For the experiences, not because I don't have a life.As I get older, and life deals me more resposibilities, I have even less time to game, so I have to make hard choices as to where and what I spend my time doing. But another good thing about getting older, is that you learn more about yourself, and what your true passions are. As I get older, I realize I don't need a full online room of people to enjoy a good game, and that I don't need to play EVERY good game out there to be considered a true gamer. I like my racing, sports, action/adventure, AND NOW RPG titles. So, that is where I will be spending most of my game time. I will dabble in the ocassional FPS, but, that is what it will stay, dabbling. But, when I want to settle into a real marathon of a gaming session, it will be with a good action/adventure, or racer, or sports title. Another great thing about getting older, is that you figure out what you like, so your time spent doing that thing is much more pleasurable and rewarding.
You know, come to think of it, this getting older thing ain't NEARLY as bad as I thought it was going to be...
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