The Golden Age

The golden age of gaming is upon us and honestly coming to a close, so what’s next? This has been on my mind for sometime, gaming had its start which led into the bronze age than silver and now gold. We’ve hit the peek with what games can do, sure things will always improve-we hope-but not by leaps and bounds. I have a few predictions that keep getting more and more light shed on them as the future approaches.

PS3 to win the next console war, now hear me out cause this is not some bias fanboy talking here. 360 killed it this gen with good reason-despite having all but one good game this year-Microsoft brought online gaming its peak. Microsoft knows what people want, knows how to advertise and knows how to price to suck every last penny out of you without leaving you feeling like you just got ripped off. Sony couldn’t do this to save its life, Sony is about providing a great gaming experience no matter the cost and boy did it cost them.

Despite all of Sony’s mistakes this gen they do learn and I'm confident they will do right this coming gen. Sony will come out with a great price point as well as tooting better online capabilities still for free, a new tag system with better avatars and ways to view trophies. Cross game voice chat will happen for sure and I'm confident they won’t be looking to piss off the hackers again. Microsoft is already looking to set up its down fall, specs for their latest console have been steadily leaking to the press. With what I'm hearing so far all I can see is its going to be a more expensive 360 and let’s not forget the console will be spitting out used games. That’s their real down fall, as much as I hate what used games do to the industry they are still a big part in everyone getting to play the games they love. College kids gravitated towards the 360 because it was cheap and had the online system in place so they could play games with their childhood friend who is across the map now. Cheap is what used games are, by forcing kids to pay for a more expensive console, online support and new games is like slapping its customers in the face. Everyone who bought a 360 for the reasons stated above will look at this 720 to be a slap in the face, especially when the PS4 will be promoting a price point either the same or lower than the 720. PS4 will also have free online support which will gain more users as well as still supporting used games, online passes will still be here but when it comes down to it $10 bucks to play online for a few months isn’t a big deal.

The fight against used games continues. Both Sony and Microsoft will continue their effort to end the used game market, Nintendo might even jump in with the online supported Wii U. We’ve all heard the stories of how used games hurt the developers, I for one am all for buying my games new. I love the online pass for one reason, it’s the perfect way to get more people to buy new games but it will not end used games. Ending used games would be a very bad idea, some people don’t want to spend a full $60 on a game that will only last them five hours. Some might rent which I'm fine with, some might even borrow from a friend. Pay $20 for a used game with a five hour story and maybe sink a good fifty to sixty hours online for an extra $10, a total of $30 which is half of what the game cost, worth it. Not worth it, spending $60 on a five hour game and sinking twenty to thirty hours online-that is if the game has online.

Where is the balance, my last little rant. With used games hurting developers and games costing so much to make now-a-days where is the balance in it all. The industry needs to realize what's worth a $60 price tag and what's worth a $40 or $20 price tag. My favorite game of all time is Uncharted 3 but honestly it’s not worth $60 unless you love it as much as me or play it online for more than fifty hours. I’d say Uncharted 3 is worth $40 well something like Skyrim would be worth a full $60. At the same time the price tag isn’t about how long the game last but how much money was sank into making it, somehow we came to the $60 price tag and never looked back even as gamers complained.

From my standing, Vita might be doing it right which saddens me because it’s not selling well. Just to pull some prices, Uncharted: Golden Abyss= $50, Little Big Planet= $40, Little Deviants= $30. Most Vita games are popping up with a $40 price tag but there are still those that know their place at $30 and $20. We need to find that balance before the game industry falls into a pit and never recovers, but that’s not to say it will happen tomorrow. This pit could take till three generations down the road to dig but with the way things are going I can see it pretty clearly, but then again I truly don’t know what tomorrow will bring so this is merely speculation.

Take this all with a grain of salt and let me know your thoughts on the future of gaming, do you agree or maybe see somethings a bit differently? Or maybe you see things all together in a different light.

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Posted by daydreamdrooler

The golden age of gaming is upon us and honestly coming to a close, so what’s next? This has been on my mind for sometime, gaming had its start which led into the bronze age than silver and now gold. We’ve hit the peek with what games can do, sure things will always improve-we hope-but not by leaps and bounds. I have a few predictions that keep getting more and more light shed on them as the future approaches.

PS3 to win the next console war, now hear me out cause this is not some bias fanboy talking here. 360 killed it this gen with good reason-despite having all but one good game this year-Microsoft brought online gaming its peak. Microsoft knows what people want, knows how to advertise and knows how to price to suck every last penny out of you without leaving you feeling like you just got ripped off. Sony couldn’t do this to save its life, Sony is about providing a great gaming experience no matter the cost and boy did it cost them.

Despite all of Sony’s mistakes this gen they do learn and I'm confident they will do right this coming gen. Sony will come out with a great price point as well as tooting better online capabilities still for free, a new tag system with better avatars and ways to view trophies. Cross game voice chat will happen for sure and I'm confident they won’t be looking to piss off the hackers again. Microsoft is already looking to set up its down fall, specs for their latest console have been steadily leaking to the press. With what I'm hearing so far all I can see is its going to be a more expensive 360 and let’s not forget the console will be spitting out used games. That’s their real down fall, as much as I hate what used games do to the industry they are still a big part in everyone getting to play the games they love. College kids gravitated towards the 360 because it was cheap and had the online system in place so they could play games with their childhood friend who is across the map now. Cheap is what used games are, by forcing kids to pay for a more expensive console, online support and new games is like slapping its customers in the face. Everyone who bought a 360 for the reasons stated above will look at this 720 to be a slap in the face, especially when the PS4 will be promoting a price point either the same or lower than the 720. PS4 will also have free online support which will gain more users as well as still supporting used games, online passes will still be here but when it comes down to it $10 bucks to play online for a few months isn’t a big deal.

The fight against used games continues. Both Sony and Microsoft will continue their effort to end the used game market, Nintendo might even jump in with the online supported Wii U. We’ve all heard the stories of how used games hurt the developers, I for one am all for buying my games new. I love the online pass for one reason, it’s the perfect way to get more people to buy new games but it will not end used games. Ending used games would be a very bad idea, some people don’t want to spend a full $60 on a game that will only last them five hours. Some might rent which I'm fine with, some might even borrow from a friend. Pay $20 for a used game with a five hour story and maybe sink a good fifty to sixty hours online for an extra $10, a total of $30 which is half of what the game cost, worth it. Not worth it, spending $60 on a five hour game and sinking twenty to thirty hours online-that is if the game has online.

Where is the balance, my last little rant. With used games hurting developers and games costing so much to make now-a-days where is the balance in it all. The industry needs to realize what's worth a $60 price tag and what's worth a $40 or $20 price tag. My favorite game of all time is Uncharted 3 but honestly it’s not worth $60 unless you love it as much as me or play it online for more than fifty hours. I’d say Uncharted 3 is worth $40 well something like Skyrim would be worth a full $60. At the same time the price tag isn’t about how long the game last but how much money was sank into making it, somehow we came to the $60 price tag and never looked back even as gamers complained.

From my standing, Vita might be doing it right which saddens me because it’s not selling well. Just to pull some prices, Uncharted: Golden Abyss= $50, Little Big Planet= $40, Little Deviants= $30. Most Vita games are popping up with a $40 price tag but there are still those that know their place at $30 and $20. We need to find that balance before the game industry falls into a pit and never recovers, but that’s not to say it will happen tomorrow. This pit could take till three generations down the road to dig but with the way things are going I can see it pretty clearly, but then again I truly don’t know what tomorrow will bring so this is merely speculation.

Take this all with a grain of salt and let me know your thoughts on the future of gaming, do you agree or maybe see somethings a bit differently? Or maybe you see things all together in a different light.

Posted by Jay444111

If the PS4 allows people to play used games while the next xbox doesn't. Than I guess I am going back to Sony for the fact that I don't like the idea of Microsoft ever trying to do their own version of steam. Which we all know they would be terrible at.

If a console is to do well, it needs to be physical, If they want to eliminate all used games. They may as well become computer companies then.

Posted by kgb0515

It's a bit premature to say the "golden age" of gaming is over at this point, and the article about the next Xbox not playing used games is founded on rumor and speculation. I believe online passes will become the standard used to gain back profits lost by used game sales, but having a system hardwired to reject a used copy would alienate too many consumers in the long run. I doubt Microsoft will endorse this concept with the launch of their new system.

Posted by Dagbiker

A bunch of people buy their games from gamestop and Sony/Microsoft need those stores to sell their console and especially not just the other guys

Edited by daydreamdrooler

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Jay: I agree, consoles are becoming more and more of computers. the only thing different is you get a controller, I'm hopefully Microsoft will see the backlash to rejecting used games. I like companies are fighting it but this is also something they must accept, keep the online pass and let the customer decided new or used. thanks for the comment

kgb: I didn't say over but coming to a close, with the next gen around the corner (I'm not looking at the Wii U as the next gen but PS4 and 720 which should be between 2014 and 2016) we still have time but when I say golden age I'm simply saying we're at the height of gaming. I mean what's next? better graphics, a bit better A.I. or maybe more refined gameplay. whatever it is, is not gonna be by leaps and bounds. personally I believe Microsoft is leaking the specs and what the console will do to see how people will react to it, so even if they wanted to fight used gaming in this way, after seeing how people reacted to it they will nix the idea. like you said, it will alienate people and that's the last thing Microsoft would do, they are very smart when it comes to getting a product out and making sure people like it but buy it. thanks for the comment

Posted by Dagbiker
The industry needs to realize what's worth a $60 price tag and what's worth a $40 or $20 price tag. My favorite game of all time is Uncharted 3 but honestly it’s not worth $60 unless you love it as much as me or play it online for more than fifty hours. I’d say Uncharted 3 is worth $40 well something like Skyrim would be worth a full $60.

Different people are willing to pay different prices for the same goods. Just because you dont think uncharted is worth $60 doesn't mean that some one else might. Personally If I get 15-20 hours in to a game thats a great game, if i get 5-10hours Its still money well spent.

Posted by ll_Exile_ll

@daydreamdrooler

You make some decent points, the only thing I would say is a little off is your assertion that the next Xbox will have a high price. If the rumored specs are to be believed, the next Xbox is not going to be as cutting edge as the 360 or PS3 were at the time of their respective launches, meaning it's probably going to be a lot more affordable than the $399 and $599 launch prices for the 360 and PS3.

Posted by kgb0515

Maybe we are moving into the platinum age?

Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG

I hope Sony does well on the next generation, that company hasnt been doing great in a long time

Posted by eugenesaxe

I can't see MS outright banning used games, that's corporate suicide. And stupid-one physical copy of a game can yield two or more different sets of DLC purchases, purchases which are well over-priced and extremely profitable.

The only way I see Sony winning the next round is if they launch first, at a reasonable price, and MS/Nintendo drop the ball. They took way too long to adjust their pricing, and are now just getting sales they should've had years ago. Yeah, they want to make their development investment back, but you need to sell machines to do that.

Prediction: Next-gen will work just like this one. Assuming Nintendo doesn't over-price itself, it'll take the big early lead (and with a controller with a built-in screen, over-pricing will be very easy to do). MS/Sony will battle for #2 for a while, MS pulling ahead. Sony will eventually take 2nd, Nintendo will end up last, and seriously consider going games-only, where they could make a real killing.

Posted by kingzetta

Every age is the golden age motherfuka

Posted by QuistisTrepe

No, just no.

Posted by McAwesome

Golden age was 1998-2000

Posted by daydreamdrooler

lots of replies, lol.

Dagbiker: as I said, Uncharted 3 is worth $60 to me but compare a five hour game to some like Skyrim, which one can get lost in for well over 200 hours, which is worth the full $60. like I said Uncharted 3 is my all time favorite game, I've dumped more than 200 hours into the single player alone but that doesn't make it worth a full $60. thanks for the comment

Exile: I didn't mean to say it would be over priced but higher than both a PS3 and 360 now-a-days and I'm sure the PS4 will be around the same price. now add in a $60 to $75 price tag on online for a year and the possible rejection of used games, that will really hurt Microsoft. thanks for the comment

kgb: lol

TOJTB: sorry for not spelling out the name but its long, lol. yea Sony could use some love considering all the crap they've taken this last gen. thanks for the comment

eugenesaxe: you make a good point but as I said, I'm confident Sony will learn from its mistakes which was coming out last with a super high price point. they will come out along side Microsoft with a price point either as good or better. I wouldn't bet too much money on Nintendo, the Wii U is more like the Wii 1.5 and I think alot of people see that and aren't falling for it, I honestly see them failing harder than Sony this coming gen but I could be wrong. as for Sony VS Microsoft, I see and very even battle... right now atleast. thanks for the comment

Posted by upwarDBound

This sounds like a lot of speculation and you are presenting it as fact. I'm curious as to how you know all these hard details. Are you in on the development? Or are you conducting corporate espionage?

Posted by daydreamdrooler

@upwarDBound: read the blog dude, I said plenty of times this is what I see happening so yes I'm presenting it as fact cause that's what I see happening. but as I said its "what I see happening" I also said its pure speculation at the very end of the blog

Posted by upwarDBound

@daydreamdrooler said:

@upwarDBound: read the blog dude, I said plenty of times this is what I see happening so yes I'm presenting it as fact cause that's what I see happening. but as I said its "what I see happening" I also said its pure speculation at the very end of the blog

I did read the blog. You're predicting the downfall of Microsoft based around rumors. I was being snarky because you stated it with such conviction.

Aside from that I very much agree with your stance that games should have variable pricing. Too many good developers have been closed because of low sales of their titles. At a cheaper price point more people pirating might actually purchase the games. I know I've looked at games that interested me and then looked at the $50-$60 price and thought eh, I'll get it when the price goes down, and then never end up getting it at all.

Posted by daydreamdrooler

@upwarDBound: I wouldn't say I'm basing my prediction on rumors but simply what I've been seeing but either way. and it is my prediction so I'm going to have conviction when stating.

and yea it has been a really hard year for game companies, they've taken such hard hits and alot of the companies produce great games. hopefully the industry makes some kind of fix on the money end because it doesn't look very good. the games are great but the money its costing both gamers and companies is hurting the industry as a whole

Posted by Gaff
@daydreamdrooler Oh boy.

How is PS4's free online play and the 720's tiered service any different from the present and how will that be the deal breaker?

Sony is still earning back the development of the Cell processor (last I heard, the PS3 has only recently begun to break even), Microsoft is still doing well with the 360. So, one simply can't "afford" to write off the PS3, the other is still reaping the benefits of the 360. No one wants a new arms race. The Wii U is Nintendo playing catch-up, tech-wise, so please don't consider that the herald of the next generation.

I think the phrase is "citation needed"?
Posted by Tennmuerti

@McAwesome said:

Golden age was 1998-2000

Word.

Edited by Fajita_Jim

I've heard 'Gaming is at its peak" since the Playstation era. "We're in 3D now, how can it get much better?" "We've got 3D with large textures now, how can it get much better?" "We've got hardware transform and lighting now, what more could there be?" "Ohhh...HD..."
 
To even suggest there isn't a long way to go yet is both naive and short-sighted. Video games 50 years from now will be unrecognizable from what you're playing (and using to play) today, and you can bet there are leaps and bounds to go to get there.