[Note: Since last time I posted this it got buried for having an old publishing date (blame it on me for taking 3 days to write it) I'm reposting it, blame ShadeOfLight for talking me into it.
Also, obligagory reminder to go buy Fatal Frame 1 and 2 from PSN sale, you can find a link to it further ahead]
So after reading ShadeOfLight's fantastic call to action, CousinDupree's and SeymourDuncan17's responses I looked back on the past month and realized that in fact, I HAVE plenty of good reasons to be excited about videogames too. Some are new and innovative and others are simply the product of doing a little digging and discovering hidden treasures of old.
So, let's cut to the chase and kick things with my 7 things to be excited about in videogames.
1) HD Collections, BC, Digital Distribution and GOG Have Helped Me Enjoy The Great Games I've Missed on Previous Gens
They're 4 bucks each beginning Tuesday people, you owe it to yourselves to go buy them
If you read jjorgeil's fantastic blog (if you haven't, whats your excuse?) you probably have a new found understanding of some of the difficulties for us gamers in Latin America. Hell, even if that's not your case there's a 99% chance that just like me you too missed a great/cult/underdog game and some point and you're really curious to find out what the hype's all about.
If this was even 5 years ago you'd have to cruise the internet, eBay, Amazon or go out into town and pray to whatever superior being you pray to in hopes to find that game (and really ask for a miracle for it work properly/find it in good condition or find it without a scalping price in some cases). But at this point in time things have changed drastically and I dare say near 80% of the great games of the past are readily available in some way or form in digital distribution services, and they're even affordable to boot!.
2) I Discovered Shin Megami Tensei Games and That Opened a Gate To A World of Wonders
Pictured: my gateway drug
Taken directly from the previous point ever since I played Persona 4 early this year i've fallen crazily and completely in love with anything made by Atlus. What I find more amazing is that even when going from P4 to P3 and losing some "upgrades" in mechanics it literally didn't bother me at all (a true testament to the fantastic design in Atlus games) after a couple of hours and the more I played the more I want to try other old (and new) Atlus games and discover more stories like these.
Hell I even dived into a Wiki of the series and read the lore for HOURS (be careful not to spoil yourself though) just to get more acquainted with the series.
3)Digital Distribution, Kickstarter And Humble Bundles are Helping The Indie Scene Kick Major Ass
A little while ago (wait, it's been 3 years?!) I wrote a little piece that predicted the indies becoming a force to be reckoned and a major cornerstone in the future of gaming. So looking at the current market, with the pathetic state of some publishers, scared and scrambling to shove all kind of failed and crappy schemes into their games in an attempt to survive while the indie scene thrives and renovates even the simplest concepts with creative new twists, I honestly couldn't be any happier.
Even if an industry crash happened I wouldn't care because I'd know that there's enough creativity and openly available resources out there to rebuild from scratch without any problem. And that is a truly exciting feeling.
Oh and speaking of AAA publishers
4) DLC, Microtransactions, Reaching for a Broader Audience and Other Stupid Practices are Biting Publishers in The Ass
Granted, there's a fair bit of schadenfreude mixed with my excitement there but I still can't be happier about it, why? because they either get their act together and rise like a renewed phoenix or crumble like dried, old turds. There might be hope for some, but then again maybe it'll be business as usual, time will tell.
They can survive and be great, they just have to moderate their greed and find a balance between the business and the art.
5) Mega Man And Mighty Number 9
Hope is undying
Mega Man's fate might be unknown but if the new Smash Bros is his swam song then he'll ride into the sunset as the legend of gaming that he is. Save for Atlus I honestly can't come up with a better publisher to handle the blue bomber's final showing than Nintendo and that makes me happy, even if it is a bitter sweet happiness.
As for Mega Man's heir, Might Number 9? well...
*looks at point #4 on the list*
I think this video pretty much sums things up
6) Pokemon is Back Like It's 1999
Literally, everyone is playing it, not just kids but grown ups too. I've read reports and comments about campuses full of people playing it, I've even read stories about parents buying an extra copy to play with their kids!.
The advent of all the possibilities of the internet age and gaming going mainstream thanks to the Wii seems to have created the perfect ground for the Pokemon craze to make a return in full force, and I couldn't be happier about it.
OK, truth time, the announcement of Deception 4 was the first time I ever heard the series even existed but after digging through the comments section on that post I'm fairly excited about it for a couple of reasons, the first ties directly with point #1 on this list, granted, I have yet to try any game in the series but my interest in it has been fairly piqued.
The second is that the sequel it's being developed by the creator of the Fatal Frame series, which effectively doubles my interest and excitement.
The final reason is that I'm seeing something more beyond the obvious in that announcement: The resurgence of mid-tier niche games in consoles. By the end of this gen gaming got divided into two major camps, AAA titles and indies with mid-tier games almost completely disappearing or jumping to handhelds. But my intuition tells me that this announcement signals something changing and that though those long lost IPs are going to see a resurgence in the PS360U generation of consoles when they AAA development becomes too much of a risk in the PS4/XBone.
I could be entirely wrong but the idea of that happening is enough to get me excited.
Now for my 8th and final poin-
Guy in audience: "Wait, I thought this was a 7 point list"
*throws hammer to the guy and knocks him cold*
See? this is why the unexpected can be dangerous, just ask that noseless dick, Voldemort. Dumbass got killed for failing to do a proper count. Moving on!
8) Most of my Thoughts Regarding the the Wii U seem to be on Point so Far
Above, Nintendo, circa December 2013
Early this year I wrote another piece suggesting that Nintendo's Wii U "DOOOOOMED "situation (AKA the usual Nintendo situation) might not be as grim as everyone said it was and that just maybe there's a lot more going on that we suspected and Nintendo might once again give everyone a surprise by rising to the occasion and pulling through (AKA the usual Nintendo situation).
Granted, not everything is going EXACTLY as I expected, after all Sony didn't commit sepukku like MS and decided to leave the used game market alone (Thank INSERT YOUR PERSONAL SUPERIOR BEING NAME HERE) and the Wii U isn't quite in the clear yet, but so far, news seem to bepositive.
*grabs a hammer*
So there you have it, those are the 7 things that have me excited about videogames recently
BONUS: 9) With This I Broke My Personal Record Of Writing Decent Posts On My Blog!
My new record is the staggering amount of 2 whole non-crappy blogs in a year! NUFF SAID!