We're at a stage in the games industry (oh, how it pains my heart to say <i>industry</i>) where there is very little interesting stuff coming out, by and large. Sure, you're getting some cool indie platformers, but they are like snacks between a main course. And that buffet we grew used to from '06 to '09 has grown very stale.
The top three games played on Xbox Live are Calls of Duty, and one more is yet another Soldier Man bland-o-fest. This fall, two more games, EA's Medal of Honor, and (sigh) another Call of Duty will add to that list.
Where's the new stuff? Where's this year's Bioshock? Where's the flawed-but-ambitious equivalent of Assassin's Creed? Let's not even talk about the sequels. Because, while they were good, they were so much... the same.
Perhaps I'm also just getting to old to enjoy games like I used to. The only console game I play regularly now is Halo 3, and Halo Reach will be the only game I play for six more months after.
I've never been much into handhelds, sadly, and I recently picked up a DS on impulse, financing it by selling off a lot of the games that were gathering dust on my shelf. What a joy that little thing is! Mario Kart, Castlevania, Metroid. It's not like they're unique games, but here's the interesting thing:
I can play them while I do virtually anything else.
Waiting for Final Cut to render? Play a little bit of the DS. Hanging out on the porch, watching the sunset? Play DS for two minutes. Got time between meeting clients? Toss the DS into my bag and play a little bit in the lobby.
I used to buy nearly every console game that got released. A couple years ago, that was an intoxicating volume of pure fun. Now it's just sour. Now I can only stand the cream of the crop on the big behemoth consoles. Now a little handheld toy has more allure.
Is it just me? read