Is Next-Gen Gaming a Ripoff?
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Posted 2/19/10 , edited 2/20/10
the only thing thats different is the graphics and even then u need a 1080i tv(and i guess wii could be next gen at least a step in that direction) ....im not dissing the systems i have a ps3 and a wii but really .....next gen ....what happened to all the virtual stuff i heard about as a kid cause isn't that really next gen aren't we kinda still in the same gen as a couple years ago



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Posted 2/19/10
...Well wat u have to remember is that graphics have come to be the main focus of games in the most general of speaking...so it is next-gen beacause wat ppl put focus on has been improved...but personally nothing stands a chnce against the power of a ps2...but as 2 not contradict myself...ill jus leave at ur RIGHT...but thats just the way the world around u works
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Posted 2/19/10
I agree with you tamsheed that gaming has become expensive, but its a price to pay for our hobby.

when stuff is first introduced it is always expensive. Many want to be the "first on the block" with the cool new gadget.

With each subsequent purchases the price of something eventually goes down

When dvd players were first introduced, they were about a thousand dollars and HDTV's were in the 10's of thousandsI

I bought the PS2 when it launched and I had to pay $300+ dollars. Now you can find one for less than $25!

Dont forget about the launch prices of the original PS1, Saturn, and N64!!!!

I can only imagine 10+ years from now, while im walking through a fleamarket or pawnshop and there will be huge stacks of PS3's and 360's for less than $20 bucks!!! They will be giviing them away cause it would be old outdated stuff!

Its already happening now with PS1's, X-boxes, Dreamcasts, and Gamecubes! I can practically get a Dreamcast together from loose parts for about $20!

But its all in good fun, we get to play our games!
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I'll have to disagree with you there. I'm guessing you meant "virtual" instead of "vertical" and the closest to virtual that modern technology allows us to get (with reasonable finance) is 3D technology and already they're working on that (The avatar game supports 3D.

Consider this, aside from the graphics, you'll notice that games have smoother mechanics and physics, pick up the GOW collection and you'll see what I mean. Compare the PS2 version of GoW 1 and 2 with the remastered version and you can tell what a simple framerate boost can do to a game. And I know you're talking more about software rather than hardware but i really think the motion sensor contol of the Wii (and later the PS3 and 360) is a factor of next gen gaming (I personally don't care for MSC) Further more we have beast consoles that store a great deal of data and have online services to enhance gameplay. The way I see it make a list of things that we have now or at least better versions of what we use to have in the past gen and I think you'll have a decent list.

Sorry for bad punctuation.
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Posted 2/20/10

GameMage wrote:

I'll have to disagree with you there. I'm guessing you meant "virtual" instead of "vertical" and the closest to virtual that modern technology allows us to get (with reasonable finance) is 3D technology and already they're working on that (The avatar game supports 3D.

Consider this, aside from the graphics, you'll notice that games have smoother mechanics and physics, pick up the GOW collection and you'll see what I mean. Compare the PS2 version of GoW 1 and 2 with the remastered version and you can tell what a simple framerate boost can do to a game. And I know you're talking more about software rather than hardware but i really think the motion sensor contol of the Wii (and later the PS3 and 360) is a factor of next gen gaming (I personally don't care for MSC) Further more we have beast consoles that store a great deal of data and have online services to enhance gameplay. The way I see it make a list of things that we have now or at least better versions of what we use to have in the past gen and I think you'll have a decent list.

Sorry for bad punctuation.


thanks for the "virtual" heads up...ill fix it and yeah ur right we do have a lot more stuff now ...it just doesn't seem that different really
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Next Gen games a rip off?

I sometimes think so. It seems games have become more dumbed down,easier, and shorter than they use to. Probably due to the expanding market, making it more friendly to the general public. Not really a bad thing but you see far too many carbon copy games(all genres), and tend to be unpolished be it story, game play, or technical issues. As an example I enjoyed the side scrolling Metroid far more than the Metroid Prime series(not to say Prime wasn't polished but they could have approached it from better direction).

As for the virtual reality stuff, that is still very far away in terms of affordablity and probably size. I was watching the news and they did an excerpt on military personnel training using an arched screen with the soldiers in the middle in a mock jeep practicing a escort mission.
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Welcome to True Next Gen my friend.
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Posted 2/20/10
You've got to realize that what makes it next gen is the graphics. That's the way gaming advances. Even though it is never about graphics when it comes to a game but that's how companies sell products, by making it look the prettiest. IMO the wii is a step backwards b/c all it adds is a control with a sensor without showing any hardware improvements from the gamecube. Now consoles are doing much more than before. The PS3 has a internet browser and a blue ray player, the xbox has an excellent online service. As far as virtual gaming goes, 3D tv's are slowly making their way into the market so there is no reason for Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo to incorporate 3d into gaming. As far as expensive yeah, gaming has gone very expensive because the developer kits for these consoles are not cheap and companies need a way to turn a profit after investing millions into a game.
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Posted 2/20/10
Ah yes all the virtual reality that was seen in the movies.... and at Disney Quest. I think that virtual and augmented reality are the next generation. The technolgy is affordable now.

However is it really virtual reality really that good if the software does not look real.
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