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(Uproxx)   Five reasons why the next generation of game consoles will likely fail. This is not a repeat from 1984, 1989, 1994, 2000 or 2006   ( divider line
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6251 clicks; posted to Geek » on 31 Jul 2012 at 10:04 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-07-31 06:39:46 PM  
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This is why I'm becoming a retro-gamer. I still like the single-player experience and I'm not interested in the always-on internet DRM, or any DRM for that matter past the install.

Over the past 4 years, the system I've bought the most games for is the Game Boy Advance. It's the reason I got a DSlite, so I could play those games. I grew up on the SNES, so it's a nice throwback to those days. It was an underrated system and I'm having a lot of fun. The DS is pretty good, too, and Super Scribblenauts is a must-have.

I do have a Wii and PS2, and I still play both and will continue to play them until I run out of games, and thanks to Amazon that won't happen for a while.

If I want PC games, I'll simply pop over to and either pick up and old classic I missed out on or even something newer. I'm a huge fan of the Humble Bundle and still haven't played through everything I got with the latest one. And the great thing is that every game I want to play will work on my reasonably-priced laptop from Wal-Mart. Even if I can't crank it up to 11, it gets the job done. One day I might upgrade the RAM, but that's probably all I'll need to do.

So I might be missing out on the newest games, but I'll just console myself with my stacks of great retro and indie games.
2012-07-31 04:58:23 PM  
1 vote:
Because PC gaming is far superior to nooby console noobs.


Fark you, you're the reason we have to deal with draconian DRM.
2012-07-31 04:25:11 PM  
1 vote:
With the ability to plug in a PS3 controller into the Nexus 7, I'd like to see what kinda games can be designed for it. No worthless touch screen controls.
2012-07-31 01:22:58 PM  
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Rwa2play: I yearn for the day that PC gaming is front and center again.

I used to think this too, but it's never going to happen because the PC's 'golden age' is over.

Outside of some still-worthwhile exceptions, the days of you creating your own content and mods, extending the shelf life of a great game, and hosting your own games with your own rules is history. Companies have learned that removing all these things actually yields a lot more money, so that level of control is never coming back.

I'd actually argue that the golden age of video gaming itself is over. Top rated titles are becoming more expensive to produce, partially because current econo-derp theory demands that the next title sell more than the last one. Which leads to tired, incremental sequels of proven sellers rather than risk on something new.

And the supposed new, next big thing (mobile) is simply more rehashing of the same shiat folks have been playing for decades as well, just on a smaller screen with a less intuitive control scheme. And consumers are either old enough to realize this and laugh about it, or young enough to think that it's something actually innovative.

Game over.
2012-07-31 11:24:46 AM  
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FTFA: But part of that means ditching consoles. Consoles are expensive single use devices with a built-in time to be junked. The future consumer is just not going to accept that, not in a world where Google ports your apps to your new Android phone and everything that streams Netflix will also stream OnLive.

Yeah and smartphones/tables made obsolete at least every year aren't?

You think people are still using phones from 5-6 years ago? Heck, even the PS2 is still selling and it's a 12 years old device.
2012-07-31 10:41:00 AM  
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TwistedFark: Consoles are a dying breed.

Tablets and mobile devices like the iPad are going to cannibalize the gaming market for the upcoming decade. Hell if you just take a moment to look aound, this isn't something that's comming, it's already here. Say hello to your $1.99 "app" gaming overlords.

People have to remember that gaming these days is a numbers/margin driven exercise. The reason why consoles are so prolific is because of their low price point - and its created a huge market for games. Now with smart phones and tablet devices being ubquitous in modern life, the potential market of for games has just grown exponentially.

Companies like Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft will hold onto their consoles, but we'll see less games with 100 million dollar production budgets for these devices since the cost/benefit of sinking that much lucre into a title won't be able to compete with the profit margin on mobile gaming apps.

As for PC gaming... we're in a bit of a renassance right now and I think it'll only get better. We're getting to the point that the tools used to create games have gotten so advanced that you don't need 100 people to put together a competitive title anymore. Pretty soon it'll come full circle again and some future hundred million dollar game will be developed by some guy in his moms basement - just like the first one was.

Maybe it is just me, but "gaming" on a tablet or smart phone sucks donkey balls.
2012-07-31 10:35:51 AM  
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kab: "Consoles are expensive single use devices

How in the hell could anyone, no matter what bone they have to pick, state that with a straight face?

First off they aren't even expensive anymore. A couple hundred bucks? Big deal. How many people spend that every other year on a new cell phone.

Second, 'single use devices?' That's so far from accurate I don't even know where to begin.
2012-07-31 10:22:51 AM  
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Psylence: I've been a rabid gamer since Intellivision, but every year I buy less and less. Sequelitis, lack of interesting new properties... being nickel-and-dimed for DLC or fark, even GEAR?!

That you're likely 40+ years old with shifting priorities might have something to do with it as well.

/right there with ya
2012-07-31 10:20:20 AM  
1 vote:
What a shiat article. Kickstarter will be why new consoles suck? This had to be the product of the unfortunate mix of a hangover and a deadline.
2012-07-31 10:16:59 AM  
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Companies are killing their own gaming divisions due to greed, and poor planning.

I've been a rabid gamer since Intellivision, but every year I buy less and less. Sequelitis, lack of interesting new properties... being nickel-and-dimed for DLC or fark, even GEAR?! I don't see myself buying any of the next-gen consoles, and that makes me sad.
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