Man...what a year. It's flown by at light speed for me. And it doesn't just seem to be me either, most people I've talked to agree.
It makes some logical sense for me, it's been an eventful year and all with raising a newborn son. But seriously, about to be Halloween, and the fucking NEXT GENERATIONS of consoles is literally weeks away. Blows my mind.
Like several other Sony fans here, I watched that Playstation retrospective timeline video a day or two ago. And man the nostalgia came right up and sucker punched me. I'm quick to claim the SNES as my all-time favorite console ever. And honestly it probably is, but when I think back to the magic of the PS1 era it just makes me smile and lose myself in pleasant memories.
I think it might be because I was maturing a bit as the PS1 launched. The world was a little more real than those days laying on my stomach playing my SNES on my parents TV. My biggest concern in life was a spelling test and whether I could beat Gigas in Earthbound over the weekend without giving up in frustration.
As the PS1 came out I was midway through middle school, 7th grade I believe. I remember being fucking blown away playing Battle Arena Toshinden and Twisted Metal. Not so long after that I got my own PS1, right around the time Final Fantasy VII came out. I started my venture into Sony's video game world with that game along with Bloody Roar and The Legacy of Kain. All without a memory card...I restarted FF7 at least half a dozen times before finally getting a cheap, third party card.
As the years rolled by I found so many amazing games on the PS1. This carried into the PS2 as well, but something had just started to wear off. Some of that magic, hard to explain really.
Fast forward to now, I love my PS3, but so much has changed. Gaming is mainstream now, it's acceptable, and not a nerd hobby any longer. Most of the magic is gone, but maybe because I'm about to turn 30 and am pretty jaded after being in the hobby since 4. But the PS4...something about it, and I hope this carries into it's actual launch, but I feel a spark of that old magic. I REALLY felt it during that retrospective video.
Anyway though, enough rambling. It's just insane how fast this year has flown by. Hell, even this console generation seems so much shorter than previous ones to me. My PS4 is right around the corner, waiting to be cherished and loved. It's VERY exciting, and it's gonna be an absolute blast to show my son these games and let him see stuff like the PS1 and think it's an dinosaur, retrotastic video game machine.
It's so cool to say I'm about to experience the EIGHTH video game console generation! Some people claim that game consoles are slowly dying, and with some rotten ass policies being thrown around I can understand it, but to me, there's so much left to be done, so much more to be shown...so much more to be played.