Are you hardcore enough to wait six years?
Making a new console is not a simple task. You are not really building a machine as you are in fact building a whole new universe. A developer is charting a completely unknown territory and the possibilities are not realised until later. Theres a reason why a systems best games come toward the end of its life cycle, and why whenever a new generation begins there is a drought of new games save for the few hyped (and often delayed) launch titles.
And while I predict this generation will be the longest yet (that's a good thing), Im also getting the feeling that this draught will also be unbearably long.
But there's a strange silver lining to all of this, and that's while some people are scrambling for the pre-orders, the consoles of the seventh gen are now dirt cheap. Even the standout games of that gen are being tossed into bargain bins as the stores jump the gun thinking that every new console instantly brings multitude of games.
But they dont, not immediately at least. At E3 2013 Microsoft announced eight new games, not available on any other console, for the Xbox One.
Just eight games. And then they mumbled over the fact that even more multiplat games are heading for the Xbox 360.
Seriously, what the @#$%?
So already a used Xbox 360 has more bang for your buck then the new Xbox One! The same goes for the PS3, cheap great games by the bucketload, not to mention the additional online stuff on both consoles.
And even the Wii U, even though Im a big Nintendo fan im still smart enough to swallow my pride and say its currently not a great investment. I mean if you didnt own a Wii I can see its appeal due to the backwards compatibility and cheap price, but I do own a Wii and the hassle of transferring the memory among other things just to buy a few games is not yet worth it.
So I ask you to swallow your pride and channel your desire to play new games by buying a Gen 7 console from another company. Its time to stop pre-ordering games that are promised to be great and instead check out the games you missed out on that are known to be great. And buy some shitty games too if you want, there is little risk with prices this low. You can always sell all of it when you're done!
I really want to crush the mentality of being loyal to a company so that they can win against the competition. There is no console war, there was one once, but it is long over. The cute jabs Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft toss at each other are nothing compared to Segas massive smear campaigns against Nintendo during the nineties. Did Sega truly gain anything from that in the long run? No gaming company representative has ever declared war since then. There's a reason for that.
The only talk of console war comes from zealot fanboys and frothy mouthed gaming journalists.
But those are all good discussions for another day.
Time to wrap this up.
So, what more can I say? To be a True Gamer you have to be patient, Im not saying you should be cynical to new games/consoles, what Im saying is that there are consequences to not having fun. Video Games are potentially expensive works of art, but they are works of art that dont have to be expensive, not many things these days can be worth this much to a person and yet can be bought so cheaply.
Video games are priceless, we just are inclined to believe that they are worth $60 because its the norm.
Discuss amongst yourselves.
Notes and thoughts: While Nintendo may sometimes seem behind the swing, their hesitance to leap onboard untested technology has perks, namely their cheap and reliable systems. I hope the other companies soon see this bright side for patience. (Although it still hasnt helped them escape the post-launch drought)
And yes, I know Sony has promised a lot of release dates for unannounced titles following the console launch. Even if they arent delayed, that still doesnt mean that the games will be great, and they all will be expensive day one. Hard to swallow when you just paid a lot of money for the console.
Obsolete is just another word for fully understood. Gunpei Yokoi (inventor of the Game Boy)