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Thoughts On the Next Generation

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I have spent more time playing video games during the past seven years than I have during any other console generation, and I've lived through them all. The industry's increased focus on story telling has gotten me interested in more kinds of games than in the past, and achievements have kept me playing those games for longer. I've played video games since I was a kid, but this was the generation that video games became my primary source of entertainment. With that in mind, it would make sense that I'd be enthusiastic about the future of gaming, but the more I'm seeing from this next generation, the more I'm thinking that gaming won't be as big a part of my life over the next few years as it has been during the past few.

The Wii U has been out for almost a year and there isn't a single game currently available for the system that interests me. It may be the very first Nintendo console I never own. It was great to see the Xbone back away from its DRM policies recently, but they're still forcing me to pay for a Kinect device that I have no interest in owning and filling their dashboard with non-gaming services that I will never care about. The PS4 is by far the most appealing to me of the three, but even though there are plenty of smaller, downloadable titles on the way that I'm interested in, it's AAA titles that sell systems, and the ones I've see so far do nothing for me.

I was very interested to see what Bungie and Respawn had in the works, but was disappointed when both announced multiplayer centered, MMO-style games. Ubisoft's new IP Watch Dogs looked promising at first, but now I'm hearing about how it's going to "blur the line" between multiplayer and single player by letting people come into your game. No thanks. Assassin's Creed IV might be good, but do we really need a sixth AC game in seven years? The only games that seems like they're trying to appeal to me are indies, and if that's the case I might as well just game on my PC.

Can any of you give me reason to be interested in the next generation? Because I'm having trouble coming up with one on my own.

This might be a blessing a disguise. A couple of years with no new titles to buy would certainly help me put a dent in my backlog.



This, of course, does not include downloadable games.

I'm thinking of starting Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood next. I enjoyed the first two games, so I feel like I'm invested enough to experience how Ubisoft ruined the series forever by introducing multiplayer in the next installment. Unless you guys have better suggestion?