OFFICIAL Holiday Gaming LOUNGE: **NEW TOPIC**

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#1 Edited by John_Matherson (2031 posts) -
D'awww....

The Holiday Season is upon us, yah? Tis the season for gifts and cheers, yeah? Is the entire thread written in question form like this, no? No. *clears throat*

Welcome to the First Ever…Official System Wars Holiday Season lounge. This Lounge will be a place to celebrate and mark the end of the 7th Generation. Here you will also share your wish list and your Christmas gift requests list. Here you will share your greatest memories of this gen, and you will just hang out and exchange pleasantries and the regular System Wars competitive conduct, ya?

The Daily lists will be posted here in the OP and will change Daily throughout December. You’ll be seeing lists like “Top ten this of the 7th Gen, or top twenty that of the 7th Gen…” These list will be here in the OP and will change daily. You’ll read them and share your insights and responses like you love to do.

I don't know what the text means but if you play along with the thread Lara Croft will come to your room...

Also, I may not be able to come up with a new topic or have the time to make a new list and discussion for the OP, in this case you guys are free to PM me if you have like a list you want to share in the OP and then I'll post it and edit/add pictures and go from there :)

Top 10 Defining moments of the 7th Gen

We will look at some of the things that have changed our gaming perspective. It might have been a new story, a new peripheral, or a new style of game. We are going to review some of our favorite things that came along in this generation of gaming and made us realize that maybe we hadn’t actually seen everything yet. Keep in mind, there were a great many things about this gen that were epic in nature, but this is the short list of stuff that we felt rose to the top of the heap.

Minecraft

When Notch dropped this little gem on us we were skeptical. But as it turns out, this became one of the more addictive games we had ever played. People by the thousands were downloading this game off of Xbox Live and started block building and mining their way to pixelated bliss. This style of game didn’t look new, but at the time, the gameplay was extremely fresh. The idea is simple: You take a pickaxe, dig and mine the stuff you need to build your virtual empire, and then let your imagination run wild. This game showed us that sleek graphics and epic plot lines are not always necessary to create a great game.

Presitge: (I think this one is a good one)

Gamers have always been a competitive lot. It’s why we play games. We compete against ourselves, others, and the games themselves. But nowhere is competition more prevalent than on the online communities of the Call of Duty franchise. The Prestige concept is something that has driven wedges in friendships, ruined relationships, and made people with no other real skill feel like champions. Countless hours are spent by gamers to reach the next Prestige level for no other reason than to be able to say they did it the next time their group of friends gets into a verbal pissing match over who has a better game online.

Divided Lines

*clears throat* System Wars

The battle over which is better, Xbox or PS3, has been raging since Microsoft beat Sony to the punch in releasing their system to the masses. Both sides argue that their system is the best. Both sides are deeply entrenched in their devotion. Both sides fervently believe that the other believers are (insert expletives here). This tension has given way to loads of pros and cons being thrown at each other with machine gun pacing and venomous fury. Xbox fans think that PS3 fans are stupid for their belief in an online subscription that got hacked and left gamers hanging for a little over a month. While PS3 fans continually preach that Microsoft has brainwashed its knuckle-dragging followers into believing that they have to pay for everything for anything to be good.

Exclusive Franchises

Of Course they chose Uncharted to represent Exclusives

This is not a new concept, but it has never been taken to the level of epicness that it has with this generation of gaming. Franchises like Gears of War, Halo, Infamous, Last of us, and many others have further stiffened the competition between system manufacturers. They can’t just get people to buy their systems anymore, they have to keep them interested and keep them from jumping ship to the other guy as well. Nintendo has always been stingy with their IPs, and nowadays, Sony and Microsoft have followed suit and not let the other guy have their stuff in hopes that it will entice gamers to stay loyal. For the most part this plan has worked. But now and again, either side will drop an exclusive that will be so far off the mark that no one cares.

Free-To-Play Games

For years online MMOs were ruled by publishers that wanted you to pay a monthly fee to play their games. Sometimes, they would even have an upcharge for wanting to play these certain games with other people online. But, fortunately, someone along the way thought that people would be more apt to play a game longer if they could try it out for free first and then decide if they wanted to invest their hard-earned money into the game in the future. By and large, this concept has worked, but it has also created a slippery slope for publishers with smaller and smaller percentages of their gamer-bases falling into the paid subscriber category.

Motion Control

Gamers have been couch potatoes for years. We would sit and stare at TV screens blankly for hours until something or someone interrupted us. Someone, somewhere, decided that wasn’t a healthy practice for us. Enter the age of motion-control gaming. This idea was fresh in the fact that you use voice control options, motion capture, and infrared camera technology to actually control the in game action with the movement of your body and the voice commands you issued. Game companies have incorporated these elements into non-motion-control games as well. Many games, such as Forza and Mass Effect, have joined the growing list of games with motion control capabilities.

Mobile Gaming

Birds don't look too angry to me...

Though still early in its infancy, games showing up on iOS and Andriod-based mobile devices are stepping up and showing what kind of power exists in the realm of mobile gaming. People are more on the go than they have ever been and mobile gaming allows for them to kill time and relieve stress while out and about. And for the die-hard game fan, mobile gaming just means more time to game no matter where you are. With app stores becoming more and more chocked full of games, people are starting to see that Angry Birds isn’t the only thing you can play on your cell phone or iPad and still have a good time.

Indie Game Proliferation

Though still early in its infancy, games showing up on iOS and Andriod-based mobile devices are stepping up and showing what kind of power exists in the realm of mobile gaming. People are more on the go than they have ever been and mobile gaming allows for them to kill time and relieve stress while out and about. And for the die-hard game fan, mobile gaming just means more time to game no matter where you are. With app stores becoming more and more chocked full of games, people are starting to see that Angry Birds isn’t the only thing you can play on your cell phone or iPad and still have a good time.

Downloadable Content

LMAO!! I love how they chose CoD to represent this one...

In this generation of gaming, DLC has become the choice moneymaker for developers and publishers alike. It’s not enough that we drop sixty dollars for a game; now we go home, beat the game, trade it in, and then move on only to find out that there will be three or four more sections of gameplay that we will be able to download. This ever-expanding section of gaming has been very successful in not only bolstering the bank accounts of developers and publishers, but also extending, and sometimes improving, the life of games that would otherwise be a bargain bin hit not long after release.

Social Media, Meet Gaming

Online gaming is not a new concept, nor is it specific to this generation of gaming. But this generation is when the online communities of gamers have exploded and literally taken over the industry. Never before has online gaming been so prolific or rewarding. Up until this gen, online gaming in any real capacity was reserved for PC gamers. But with the advent of PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, console gamers were given the opportunity to test their skill against other gamers worldwide. Whether or not you believe this is a good thing, online gaming with your friends or trouncing some guy you’ve never met before has quickly become the dominant form of entertainment.

As seen on: This Place

What do you guys think?

SHARE YOUR DREAM NEWEGG SHOPPING CART

#2 Posted by super600 (30127 posts) -

In case someone thinks this thread is the SW lounge I will change this thread's title for you.

#3 Edited by mems_1224 (46228 posts) -

You forgot Infamous 2

As for what I want for Christmas, I think I only want Link Between Worlds. I dont really need any other games.

#4 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (8694 posts) -

I still have my copy of Too Human. I had a lot of fun with it despite the glaring issues. Shame I'll never get a sequel. :(

#5 Posted by John_Matherson (2031 posts) -

@super600 said:

In case someone thinks this thread is the SW lounge I will change this thread's title for you.

Would you sticky it by any chance?

#6 Posted by Zassimick (6245 posts) -

Ugh, still upset that LAIR wasn't all that good. Would love to see a sequel done right; any sort of dragon game is welcome.

And Twilight Princess flop... I mean, I know that was really a Gamecube game (that's where I played it) but it released on Wii first. Being here for that was AWFUL, especially compared to the tame Skyward Sword flop.

Christmas... well I know I'll be getting Batman: Arkham Origins. Otherwise I'm really hoping for Super Mario 3D World.

#7 Posted by John_Matherson (2031 posts) -

You forgot Infamous 2

As for what I want for Christmas, I think I only want Link Between Worlds. I dont really need any other games.

Yeah I wanted to use the major ones...if I'd used infamous two then I would've had to include crackdown 2, force unleased 2 and other not so big ones...

#8 Posted by John_Matherson (2031 posts) -

If anyone wants to come up with tomorrow's list then feel free...

Something like top new characters of the 7th gen or top greatest system wars outbreak or something....!!!

#9 Posted by babycakin (1400 posts) -

Sweet thread, great memories! Definitely should of put the Kane and Lynch scandal lol

#10 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38208 posts) -

@super600 said:

In case someone thinks this thread is the SW lounge I will change this thread's title for you.

Would you sticky it by any chance?

Are you just trying to have all the stickies on SW or something?

#11 Posted by John_Matherson (2031 posts) -

@John_Matherson said:

@super600 said:

In case someone thinks this thread is the SW lounge I will change this thread's title for you.

Would you sticky it by any chance?

Are you just trying to have all the stickies on SW or something?

No...I was actually going to say those two threads are dead and should be unstuck.

#12 Edited by wasted_wlsdom (147 posts) -

This thread suffered an undeserved short life : /

Just thought about it for some reason...

#13 Posted by lostrib (33249 posts) -

Don't bump old shit