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Next Gen: Dad Gaming

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This is a little off topic from the requested Bloggers Wanted post but this is how I feel towards the incoming console generation.
Like many of you on here I belong to the older regime of the gaming community. Its kind of weird saying older when I'm only twenty-nine but we're fans of a younger industry and were in on it since almost the beginning. Like many of you long time gamers I'm a veteran of many Console Wars, between two to three main consoles depending on the generation. I've had my fair share of loses, like my totally rad Sega CD, and my share of wins that I was able to rub in my friends' faces who picked wrong with their stupid Atari Jaguar. However, leading up to each console launch was always exciting for me and I always seemed to have more fun talking about it at school than actually getting a system at launch. I would scour over my EGMs, Gamepros, and Gamefans to see what was new and what new information was coming out. This was a ritual every few years, even up to the launches of our current systems, but with the magazines obviously replaced by gaming blogs and websites.

So that leads me into the anticipation of the impending console launch around 2013 to 2014: I really don't care right now. I've had my current console since launch and I love the games and every other media thing the consoles do now. The games look great, most the stories are engaging, the downloadable games are a blast to play, and I seem to have played more games this generation than any other generation since my Atari 2600. I'm not ready for another generation, no matter what the promise is of better visuals, better AI or increased whatever. In the past cycles the promise of better graphics, from 8-bit up to 64-bit 3D visuals have always driven the promise of better games and have gotten everyone excited but I'm in a place now where I care more about the stories and characters than how the game looks. With the rebirth and success of low visual downloadable games, such as Super Meat Boy, on XBLA, PSN and Steam it seems a lot of people are demanding less and less graphics and power to run their games. Obviously I'm not saying we should play Battlefield 4 as a 16-bit downloadable title but the visuals/graphics don't seem to be a very big selling point anymore.

Its also money. I don't want to invest in a new console right now. I don't want the game publishers claiming all the added development costs are making the prices go up to $70 or more now (even though they were that much for the SNES, I don't want to pay it again). I don't want physical media to go away because I enjoy the freedom of being able to sell or trade in a game I finished or didn't like to put that money towards a new one. I don't want to have to buy a subsidized console for $200 on a two year contract because a stand-alone console is upwards of $1000. I'm just not ready for it.
Obviously we're still a good ways out from learning more official information and even longer until the consoles launch so maybe as time goes on I might get more excited. As of now I just don't want a new console cycle.
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