Every Generation is Exactly the Same

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Posted by YukoAsho (2027 posts) -

Well, here we are. The eighth generation of consoles is officially upon us. I've just played the ever-loving fuck out of Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack, and already have plans to pick up Injustice's ultimate edition next week along with the sweet accidental damage insurance Sony's selling. We see a generation in front of us, full of opportunities for great games, amazing moments and overall excitement. We're also going to see lots of disappointment, rage and the standard idiocy from all sides: publishers, media and fans.

Put short, it's another generation of games.

We're already seeing the beginning, really: people selling up the coming of cloud computing, the end of physical media, artistic gaming, garage developers actually meaning something in the broader marketplace, and this potentially being the last console generation. Talking heads from all over are talking, and the likelihood of any of this being anything more than marketing bullshit is hilariously low. Especially that last one. Let's be honest, we're all going to be here again, talking about the PS5, Xbox Two and Nintendo's next attempt to catch lightning in a bottle, come 2019-2020, and the cycle will begin again. This will almost certainly be preceded by another failed Sony attempt to bite into Nintendo's handheld dominance around 2016-2017. We'll also be enduring another few years of fanboys trying to convince us that tablet and mobile gaming really is more than failed ports and pay-to-win drivel or how PC isn't a totally different market and are totally going to destroy the console model.

We've yet to see the first true stinker of the eighth generation, but we already have a divisive title. We already have people grumbling about features and games that didn't make launch. In a week, we'll be seeing the alpha nerds of the fanboy tribes scanning every pixel of every multi-platform title for any "evidence" of one system's inferiority to the other, and we're seeing Nintendo fanboys try to talk down the next generation, as though only their chosen faceless corporation is capable of compelling gameplay experiences. As the current generation reaches more and more people, we'll get called all sorts of horrible names and be thankful that both PS4 and Xbone share party chat capability so we don't have to sit there muting everyone individually. There will be people saying the most vile, disgusting shit toward each-other, with gamers often being as racist, misogynistic and homophobic as possible, and the media will try to paint these fuckwads as the whole of the fandom. A few gaming-related laws will be passed by state governors, a few studies will be issued by the federal government, and we'll probably see an amulance chaser or two launch a crusade against the sick filth that is GTAVI.

Lather.

Rinse.

Repeat.

We're also going to see games that leave our mouths open, make us jump and cry out to the heavens in joy and reignite our oft-battered faith in this wonderful pastime of ours. We're going to fall in love with new characters, worlds and music. We're going to save the world a few times, maybe have a laugh or two at some caricatured larger than life figure, or skip a heartbeat or two, maybe even shed a tear as a character we'd grown fond of bites the dust in a horrible way. We'll watch walkthroughs and commentaries, both serious and funny, that bring a smile to our faces. We'll find the one or two machinema darlings, bang our heads and laugh at some hilarious meme that a game starts up, and talk about awesome moments with our friends, be it around the water cooler or over our headset. Some crazy e-sports showing will rock our worlds and leave us hype as all fuck. We'll be pleasantly surprised by a sleeper hit every once in a while, a game or two will spark some interesting debate, and @zombiepie is going to have a shit-ton of awesome blogs to look through for the Community Spotlight.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, bears crap in the woods, the Pope wears a stupid hat, and the eighth generation will largely come and go like all the others. Some of it is bad, some of it is good, but so long as console gaming is a competitive market, it's going to be one hell of a fucking ride.

Maybe the seventh generation lasted too long. Maybe it ended too soon. It really depends on who you ask. But no matter what you feel about that, we can all agree that it was one crazy ass ride. I expect no less from the eighth, and I'm glad to have got on right at the start.

#1 Edited by Business_Fun (2281 posts) -

+100 to this. Roll on generation 8!

#2 Posted by Minishdriveby (10116 posts) -

This generation doesn' seem to be making giant leaps and strides that the 360/PS3 did. It just seems like more of the same. I remember everyone being blown away by the 360 and PS3. Now I'm just shrugging my shoulders and saying, meh, I couldn't really care less.

#3 Edited by YukoAsho (2027 posts) -

@Minishdriveby: One could say the same about the SNES over the NES. The big deal was a controller with more buttons and slightly prettier graphics. This is a normal pattern. The odd-numbered generations are the big leaps, whereas the evens tend to be the evolution. That doesn't, however, discount the evolutionary periods, as some of the greatest games ever appear in these moments.

#4 Edited by BigCat2K20 (245 posts) -

@Minishdriveby said:

This generation doesn' seem to be making giant leaps and strides that the 360/PS3 did. It just seems like more of the same. I remember everyone being blown away by the 360 and PS3. Now I'm just shrugging my shoulders and saying, meh, I couldn't really care less.

Yeah, same thing with me. Don't get me wrong, I think that 8th generation video game consoles will be good. But, it won't capture the magic like last two generations of video games.

#5 Edited by kbaily (13042 posts) -

I miss the Sega/Nintendo days back when we were fighting over Sonic vs. Mario rather than which system runs CoD in 1080p.

Though I like to think of this console war as a US election.

Sony is Obama- not the best with money (remember the PSN blackout when credit cards were compromised)

Xbox is Mitt Romney- big money, not really understanding the working class

Nintendo the third party candidate like Ron Paul or Ralph Nader. Will never get the popular vote but has an enthusiastic following

Equally nasty online bickering.

And now I'll get angry responses from Playstation Republicans and Xbox Democrats in 3..2..1..

#6 Edited by 1PMrFister (3134 posts) -

@kbaily: People argued over graphics in those days, too. Blast processing, anyone?

#7 Posted by Randolph (10417 posts) -

This generation doesn' seem to be making giant leaps and strides that the 360/PS3 did. It just seems like more of the same. I remember everyone being blown away by the 360 and PS3. Now I'm just shrugging my shoulders and saying, meh, I couldn't really care less.

Honest to Pesci, I read this exact same reply last gen when the PS3/360 came out. This is literally what people were saying...

This generation doesn' seem to be making giant leaps and strides that the Xbox/PS2 did. It just seems like more of the same. I remember everyone being blown away by the Xbox and PS2. Now I'm just shrugging my shoulders and saying, meh, I couldn't really care less.

#8 Edited by 1PMrFister (3134 posts) -

@Randolph: Wow, I guess there is truth in the saying "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

#9 Posted by Randolph (10417 posts) -

@Randolph: Wow, I guess there is truth in the saying "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

Heck I was here when the Xbox and PS2 were coming out. You know what they were saying then??

This generation doesn' seem to be making giant leaps and strides that the N64/PS1 did. It just seems like more of the same. I remember everyone being blown away by the Nintendo 64 and PS1. Now I'm just shrugging my shoulders and saying, meh, I couldn't really care less.

I am not kidding, either.

#10 Edited by MethodManFTW (25473 posts) -

Was this post meant for Giant Bomb?

#11 Posted by Jacanuk (3845 posts) -

Was this post meant for Giant Bomb?

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But this is said almost every generation, the only time they didn´t it when something like the Ps1, xbox and the Wii who didn´t really reinvent anything but just came with a whole new way of gaming.

#12 Posted by MethodManFTW (25473 posts) -

@Jacanuk said:

@MethodManFTW said:

Was this post meant for Giant Bomb?

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But this is said almost every generation, the only time they didn´t it when something like the Ps1, xbox and the Wii who didn´t really reinvent anything but just came with a whole new way of gaming.

If you didn't understand that you will probably won't understand this, but you asked so ok.

Zombiepie is @'d in the post mentioning the community spotlight. He does that giant bomb, not gamespot..

#13 Edited by lazyhoboguy (1678 posts) -

@MethodManFTW: Well this site is a knock off version of giantbomb now. Really don't like how the forums changed just like giantbomb's and got rid of all the interesting forum sections and randomized all the forum listings.

#14 Edited by sukraj (21797 posts) -

I cant read all that info.

#15 Edited by YukoAsho (2027 posts) -

@Randolph said:

@1PMrFister said:

@Randolph: Wow, I guess there is truth in the saying "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

Heck I was here when the Xbox and PS2 were coming out. You know what they were saying then??

This generation doesn' seem to be making giant leaps and strides that the N64/PS1 did. It just seems like more of the same. I remember everyone being blown away by the Nintendo 64 and PS1. Now I'm just shrugging my shoulders and saying, meh, I couldn't really care less.

I am not kidding, either.

I saw that shit too. I bet people were saying that shit about the SNES and Genesis, and the only reason we don't know about it is because we didn't have online forums. It's a cycle, you know? When the PS5 and Xbox Two come out, I bet you these same fuckers will talk shit about how fucking mind-blown they were when the PS4 and Xbone came out and how they aren't feeling it this time around.

#16 Edited by DuaIFace (495 posts) -

I find it funny too about the corporate-sponsored data-bits about cloud computing becoming mainstream as I think it's all hot air. I know it exists, but it ain't gonna happen for games. Not this gen, not next gen either. I'm also betting that we're gonna see more black boxes---again, at 10Xs the power of what just came out.

LOL, I'm pretty impressed GameSpot---you seem to have more than a few enlightened gamers. ^_^