By daydreamdrooler 20 Comments
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.