Inspired by the cinematic games thread I noticed there seems to be a clear divide between those who like or at least tolerate games as they are today and those with a strong hatred for them, and then those caught in between with a love/hate relationship. It’s not surprising some people here reject 3D gaming on principle considering this site was primarily built to house 2D fighter info and yet seeing a new thread for an upcoming game is routine for this forum as well as others. Gaming although still in it’s infancy compared to other entertainment mediums is completely different today than it was 20 or even 10 years ago, and while the move into the current generation brought new headaches to put it mildly there have also been significant advances that many of us take for granted even whilst bitching about them.
Remember when we were fiending for the issue of the latest game magazine because it had a demo disk? Now we have thousands of demos at our fingertips without even having to get up and all for free (kinda). Done with a single player game? Nope you got a long list of achievements/trophies to extend the lifespan of that game. Feel like talking to your boys without leaving your game? Just send them a voice chat invite or even an in game text message. Don’t like the retarded glitch that ruins an otherwise fun game? Well developers can patch that shit and better yet provide you with DLC to let you play new content and make that fun but worn out game feel new again. Can’t invite your friends over who moved across the country? no problem now we have online coop/vs modes. And let’s not forget arguably the best innovation in recent gaming history the online market place boom where indie developers have a platform to showcase their work.
The list goes on, but you get my point. Obviously I’m not going to gloss over the fact that each of these advancements have lingering issues. Who likes being in a lobby full of 12 year olds who lose you the game because they’re too busy calling you a fag and tea bagging everyone? Now that patches exist some developers rely on them releasing half finished messes, don’t worry about those game breaking glitches they’ll be fixed in a patch months from now. Instead of seeing new IP’s we the majority of anticipated games every year are sequels to the anticipated games last year. The list goes on here as well.
And the staggeringly long list of quality games we’ve gotten over the past few years this thread is a celebration for how good we have it right now. How many of you have a huge backlog of games that you never got around to?