Every Generation is Exactly the Same.

Well, here we are. The eighth generation of consoles is officially upon us. I've just played the ever-loving fuck out of Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack, and already have plans to pick up Injustice's ultimate edition next week along with the sweet accidental damage insurance Sony's selling. We see a generation in front of us, full of opportunities for great games, amazing moments and overall excitement. We're also going to see lots of disappointment, rage and the standard idiocy from all sides: publishers, media and fans.

Put short, it's another generation of games.

We're already seeing the beginning, really: people selling up the coming of cloud computing, the end of physical media, artistic gaming, garage developers actually meaning something in the broader marketplace, and this potentially being the last console generation. Talking heads from all over are talking, and the likelihood of any of this being anything more than marketing bullshit is hilariously low. Especially that last one. Let's be honest, we're all going to be here again, talking about the PS5, Xbox Two and Nintendo's next attempt to catch lightning in a bottle, come 2019-2020, and the cycle will begin again. This will almost certainly be preceded by another failed Sony attempt to bite into Nintendo's handheld dominance around 2016-2017. We'll also be enduring another few years of fanboys trying to convince us that tablet and mobile gaming really is more than failed ports and pay-to-win drivel or how PC isn't a totally different market and are totally going to destroy the console model.

We've yet to see the first true stinker of the eighth generation, but we already have a divisive title. We already have people grumbling about features and games that didn't make launch. In a week, we'll be seeing the alpha nerds of the fanboy tribes scanning every pixel of every multi-platform title for any "evidence" of one system's inferiority to the other, and we're seeing Nintendo fanboys try to talk down the next generation, as though only their chosen faceless corporation is capable of compelling gameplay experiences. As the current generation reaches more and more people, we'll get called all sorts of horrible names and be thankful that both PS4 and Xbone share party chat capability so we don't have to sit there muting everyone individually. There will be people saying the most vile, disgusting shit toward each-other, with gamers often being as racist, misogynistic and homophobic as possible, and the media will try to paint these fuckwads as the whole of the fandom. A few gaming-related laws will be passed by state governors, a few studies will be issued by the federal government, and we'll probably see an amulance chaser or two launch a crusade against the sick filth that is GTAVI.

Lather.

Rinse.

Repeat.

We're also going to see games that leave our mouths open, make us jump and cry out to the heavens in joy and reignite our oft-battered faith in this wonderful pastime of ours. We're going to fall in love with new characters, worlds and music. We're going to save the world a few times, maybe have a laugh or two at some caricatured larger than life figure, or skip a heartbeat or two, maybe even shed a tear as a character we'd grown fond of bites the dust in a horrible way. We'll watch walkthroughs and commentaries, both serious and funny, that bring a smile to our faces. We'll find the one or two machinema darlings, bang our heads and laugh at some hilarious meme that a game starts up, and talk about awesome moments with our friends, be it around the water cooler or over our headset. Some crazy e-sports showing will rock our worlds and leave us hype as all fuck. We'll be pleasantly surprised by a sleeper hit every once in a while, a game or two will spark some interesting debate, and @zombiepie is going to have a shit-ton of awesome blogs to look through for the Community Spotlight.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, bears crap in the woods, the Pope wears a stupid hat, and the eighth generation will largely come and go like all the others. Some of it is bad, some of it is good, but so long as console gaming is a competitive market, it's going to be one hell of a fucking ride.

Maybe the seventh generation lasted too long. Maybe it ended too soon. It really depends on who you ask. But no matter what you feel about that, we can all agree that it was one crazy ass ride. I expect no less from the eighth, and I'm glad to have got on right at the start.

16 Comments
17 Comments
Posted by Rabbykayn

You could really simplify this and just say life is always the same.

It is whatever you make it, bud.

Edited by Sooty

But now they can put more badly placed, unrealistic sun rays in your face.

So everyone loses, basically.

Edited by YukoAsho

@sooty said:

But now they can put more badly placed, unrealistic sun rays in your face.

So everyone loses, basically.

Can it be any worse than bloom and lens flare the last two generations?

Posted by Slag

Nope, Not buying it.

If you applied your logic to the past Sega would still be in the console business. Or Atari for that matter.

Things are definitely changing. Look at the WiiU's sales alone and tell me that isn't a major change from Gen 7. You'd have to be blind not to see the changes from F2P, mobile and DLC as well.

Posted by l4wd0g

This new generation feels like a stopgap. Nothing is really innovative. Before controllers changed, the media changed (cartridge to CD to DVD to Blu-Ray), what the systems could do changed, etc. now everything is just prettier. Not bad, just a stopgap.

Posted by Sammo21

@l4wd0g: Considering a lot of people thought last generation should have been discless (because those people don't use their brain) I don't know I would say this is stop gap. Thanks to the network infrastructure of America (and a large part of the world) we can't really handle discless systems yet so not changing media format isn't that crazy. How long were we on some form of cartridge before we went to CD-ROM?

Posted by TruthTellah

I agree with the basic idea that gaming will continue with ups and downs, but really, every generation has had a lot different. There are similar patterns, as with all things, but there's a lot that's still unknown for this new generation that just started. I'm certainly comforted by the reality that gaming isn't going anywhere anytime soon, but things are definitely changing. Gaming was a decent bit different to me a decade ago, and a decade from now, it will have likely gone in a few directions I had little chance of expecting.

If we just look at the patterns found in life, we might as well say all lives are exactly the same, but we know there are variances within the patterns. The details and differences matter, and despite any similarities, the next generation is very likely to have many surprises in store for us.

Posted by RonGalaxy

Everyone complaining about consoles now will be the same people enjoying all of the amazing games come next year. As long as nothing horrible like the rrod happens, these consoles are absolutely fine. They will continue to grow and change overtime, so the launch isnt really indicative of what these things will end up being. So people need to stop fretting about something that's been out for a day and look forward to the future.

Posted by AlexGBRO

the are good games coming and devs will find new inovative ideas to put in games

Posted by l4wd0g

@sammo21: I'm not saying it should be discless. I'm saying that the invations are more of a refinement than a jump. I want to be excited about the new generation, but I really just don't have a good reason to be. Things are prettier, but is that enough? Sony's main selling point was that nothing chaged, and it didn't. Then again, I'm one of those people who thinks sitting down in front of my TV to play games is an antiquated idea

Posted by Sammo21

@l4wd0g: I've been a PC gamer nearly as long as I have been a console gamer. You'll never convince me sitting less than 2 feet from a screen is better than comfortably sitting several feet from a 51" television.

Edited by crithon

hmmmm no, this is a different generation because there are so many disruptive elements just changing the landscape every couple of months. And the funny thing is, it's not going to kill the console makers. Sony will probably be here next gen and so will nintendo.

Edited by fetchfox

"Console war. Console war never changes.

Microsoft waged war to gather followers and wealth. Nintendo built an empire on recognizable heroes and rehashes. Kazuo Hirai shaped a battered Sony into an economic superpower.

But console war never changes."

Edited by Sinusoidal

Most of this really only describes 7th, 8th and maybe the 6th generation. Online gaming was barely a thing for the 5th generation. E-sports didn't exist short of the occasional Doom fueled LAN party. Fourth generation consoles came out years apart and Microsoft and Sony weren't even in the biz at that point in time. Third generation, I don't think they even called them "launches" and the video game press practically didn't exist. Consoles just sort of quietly came out and people (read: kids) got one for their birthday or xmas. Second generation consoles were practically a luxury item. I remember my family buying a woody Atari 2600 for something like $800 back in the day.

Posted by mrfluke

Everyone complaining about consoles now will be the same people enjoying all of the amazing games come next year. As long as nothing horrible like the rrod happens, these consoles are absolutely fine. They will continue to grow and change overtime, so the launch isnt really indicative of what these things will end up being. So people need to stop fretting about something that's been out for a day and look forward to the future.

Posted by Shtinky

I was shocked at your 'Giant Bomb are a bunch of X Box fanboys' comment on GameSpot... You wouldn't say that here, on Giant Bomb, I bet.