It’s hard to ignore all the announcements, rumors, and chatter that is surrounding information about the next generation of home consoles. Right now, the Wii U is already in stores, the Playstation 4 has been announced and shown off, and the Xbox One was recently teased by Microsoft, focusing more on the hardware than the software. We as a consumer are now being introduced to the next generation, while our Wii’s, PS3’s, and Xbox 360’s are still on our shelves, getting lots of attention. Although personally, I have switched a majority of my titles to the PC, a great deal of us are still playing our current generation systems on a daily basis. Not only that, but great games are still coming out for them. With the release of Bioshock Infinite and the soon to be released titles like Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us, it seems like our current generation of consoles are going to be around for a long, long while. So then what’s the deal with the next generation?
Microsoft themselves announced that they would be supporting the Xbox 360 for at least another five years, easing the mind of anyone who won’t be purchasing the Xbox One any time soon. This shows just how easy it is to support the current generation of consoles. Games are still being made for them at a rapid pace, money is being spent for them, and consumers are happy for them. Despite the claims that Microsoft and Sony are making over how they have improved the consoles technologically, does that really warrant a new generation of consoles?
What lies ahead?
When someone buys a product, they expect to get their money’s worth. Whether you’re buying a box of cereal, a new computer chair, or a video game, you won’t spend more money than you think the product deserves. We’re always managing our money to make sure our purchases are justified. Some of us have the luxury to not worry about how much money they spend on entertainment items like video games, movies, etc. However, for some of us, every purchase we make needs to be calculated and assessed, as money can be very tight. It doesn’t help when video games cost so much money.
The Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Edition
The average video game costs between $50-60. This is certainly a lot of money, even when games offer a lot of content such as a long campaign, multiplayer features, and replayability. Special editions for games can cost anywhere from $80-$200. These editions come with several added components to the game, like figurines, soundtracks, art books, exclusive content, and many other possibilities. Even if the added features of a special edition are worth the money, that is still a lot to spend on one game. To me, this is fine. I have no problem spending $150 on a game if it’s a game I really, really like and I’m getting some exclusive, limited edition merchandise on top of it. The Borderlands 2 Loot Chest is a prime example of this, along with the Songbird Edition of Bioshock: Infinite. However, the thing that gets me is when developers expect you to pay more money on top of these already extravagant purchases for additional downloadable content (DLC).
One of the beauties of playing video games is being able to become a character. Ever since the early days of gaming, players would pick up the controller and become Link in the original The Legend of Zelda or perhaps the Italian plumber Mario in Super Mario Bros. Even though the plot is thin in most Mario games, the constant events from game to game help define the character, making us respect Mario and want to play as him in future additions to the franchises. Then there are characters who are much more attached to their respective franchise.
Awesome Video Game Characters
Booker DeWitt, Marcus Fenix, Ezio Auditore, and John Marston are characters that we care about. We see them evolve as people and deal with situations that can be very dangerous. We also get to experience how they interact with other characters, which only adds to how we feel about them. Even with Link, the silent protagonist, we can see the determination in his eyes and the warm romance he shares with Princess Zelda. There is a character there that we all admire. Then there are characters that have no personality at all.
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