While I’ve sometimes engaged in the discussion that this console generation just isn’t quite cutting the mustard in terms of offering a true next generation experience, I often find myself alone in that opinion. This becomes especially apparenty after browsing through other gaming blogs, where nobody seems to be raising or caring about this issue, or demanding more from the current generation.
That’s why it was really refreshing to read a new editorial over at ClickZ, where Kevin Carney wonders if consoles are becoming extinct because of “casual gaming” as well as the Internet. He argues that this generation lacks any true sense of innovation that others generations have had, and is retreading the same material.
While I don’t quite agree with him on all points (if anything is going extinct, it’s PC gaming), he does make some pretty hard to counter arguments in terms of the direction that games seem to be going- namely, hyper realism. I find this compelling since it seems that as game budgets get bigger, it’s much harder and less ideal for developers to take risks, meaning we just get clones of the same games over and over.
Overall, I think he’s a little on the wrong side of the fence, but it’s cool to see somebody stepping over there anyway, especially when nobody else seems to be following. I’d definitely recommend checking the article out.
So what do you guys think? Is console gaming going extinct? Has this generation truly innovated? What’s the next step?