This seems to happen every single time I decide to commit to any single console or try to put money into this life long hobby of mine. Something somewhere, somebody somehow seems to kill the love I have for gaming. Though the antagonist seems to be the same every single time.
As little as seven years ago, if you would have told me that the gaming industry would actually ice its own community of game loving fanatics, I'd have simply told you that the industry wouldn't do that to the people who have supported it for so long.
Now I find myself huddled in a corner weeping over the days when games seemed to be made for the people who played the damn things. Who put their heart into them, who stayed up night after night, forsaking homework, sleep, and social encounters just to get closer to *insert character of your choice here*.
Now look where we are! We have this monster of a Console war, and not a single honest to goodness company doing anything to bring happiness and balance to the place. It's like they're truly wanting the war to continue and I for one am getting fed up with it.
I know, I know. There will always be fanboys and girls, and there will always be those who say they aren't but really are, subversive as they are. I couldn't give a crap about fanboys, they're blind by their own self proclaimed title's very definition. What I'm talking about is when I read something in the gaming world's "news" arena, and I don't see, read, or hear anything answering the question that just about everyone seems to be asking.
(I thank politics for this wonderful question) What are you going to do for me? Not just the fellow common people, but the people who've been your foundation since we were birthed?
I've been contemplating what Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft have been doing. And I am still so saddened by the fact that there is not one definitive answer out there. Every once in a while there is a glimpse of hope that the trail blazers have finally discovered a path out of the blizzard, but as soon as the glimpse springs into sight it is enveloped by some outstanding calamity on an "XboxLive is dying indefinitely" scale.
The war continues, one system finally looks to be doing well and then the industry kills their momentum with something ridiculous. Nintendo still hasn't gotten any third party action aside from Zak, but that's not everyone's cup of tea. So what are they to do when they realize that they have created a console for the common people, with naught a single game aside from Mario Galaxy and RE: 4 that have utilized the motion sensing to its fullest potential? I don't know, I don't make decisions for them, but someone better damn well hold a freaking seminar on how to go about using it or developing for it. That way we can have games designed for the medium or games meant for standard classic play (using the Wiimote or whatever other controller they desire) , outside of mini-game derivatives laden with enough crap to float the entire continent of Africa.
Or how about Sony (whom I hated until the PS2 came out, and decided that they had plenty to offer the world of gaming), when they finally released the PSP and haven't done crap with the freaking little thing? I mean come on, how long has it been out, how many games do I have to go through before I finally get that diamond in the rough? And though the PS3 is great, and I love it to death, until they finally get some legit games (minus Drake's Fortune, and a Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare), I'm just going to look at it and ask it why I should pay twenty more dollars on a Blu-Ray disc when my DVD player works just fine as is, or wonder why so many of the games that I have for it are so wonderful, but stop short of Final Fantasy VII and X granduer or have yet to compare with what I felt the first time I anihiliated the gods with my good friend Kratos, or seemingly took on the world in MTS: Sons of Liberty. I'm sorry, it just feels like there hasn't been any overly impactful games that have been released.
NOW, for the Xbox 360, the one I don't own and desperately wish I did, because it's where most of those little glimmers of hope seem to be coming from. They're getting the games that seem to only wave to the other consoles as they make their way over to the other side. It's frustrating to see the money I spent on the PS3 and the Wii disperse into nothing, other than dust collecting pieces of hardware, as game preview after game preview seems to get labeled with a 360 next to the title. And even then there's discrepancies...I mean, for crying out loud how does one COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN a system on which half your entire gaming community relies upon for enjoyment, and not even post anything in response to it other than that, "We're sorry, you'll get a free download on Live...WHEN it comes back, though."
Lastly -and highly off point- I am an RPG man myself, and let's just say this, there ain't S*** for any of these consoles! Not one, there's stuff on its way, but I've had to pray for light at the end of the tunnel after every PSP purchase and DS purchase and don't get me started on the genre's bankruptcy on the actual non-mobile consoles. They have so many of them "to be released" or something to that affect, but I shudder at the butchering that the Wii's titles are going to take with the sensor bar, and I'm scared that Sony's going to just stay with Final fantasy and leave all other franchise's in the dust for loyalty's sake. The Xbox, well, I'm just worried that the American Industry's lack of RPGing love, will continue to stifle any beautiful titles being released in its name. (I know, Last Odyssey is coming, but that's one and that's Japanese. and NO Oblivion doesn't count, I'm talking Eternal Sonata).
Peace and Mercy...
I'm done, I just needed to get that off my chest.