I'm missing the next big thing. I don't know what it is...I just know it is.

Every now and then...from time to time, something comes along and blows the gaming community away. Leaves us with mouths open; jaws dropped; a look of disbelief on our faces. Make no mistake about it. We've seen some great games this year. Red Dead Redemption is a masterpiece. But the next big thing, it's not.

So, what is it? I don't know. I mean, I have a few of my own thoughts, which I have blogged about before (of course). I've made some predictions about the future of gaming and initiatives I think we'll see come to fruition...but I'm tired of waiting. I want the next big thing. I'm ready for the next big thing.

Perhaps we're spoiled. I look at where games were when I started gaming and where they are now. Maybe I should just be happy with what I have available now...today...but really, the video game industry is the one who spoiled me into expecting a newer bigger better game. A ground breaking game. An earth shattering game. For us PC gamers, it doesn't seem like all that long ago when the need to upgrade was an ongoing battle. It was almost as if every new game that came out required an upgrade. We are definitely experiencing a lull in the activity.

Can you believe the Xbox 360 is already 5 years old; the Playstation 3 just a tad younger. Sure, we have the motion controllers coming in the near future. But the next big thing, they're not.

There are a ton of new releases headed our way. Most are sequels and most rely on tried and true methods to lure gamers in. Proven models for success. The same mechanics we've seen before. Revised. Polished. Great games, no doubt about it. Lord knows I have 5 games currently on reserve at GameStop and will undoubtedly add more before year's end. I've got some triple A games on queue and I'm sure some of you do too. But the next big thing, they're not.

I'm reluctant to say it, but obviously since I'm stating my reluctance, I'm going to say it anyway...but where are all the pioneers? The trail blazers? The game developers who were always striving to come up with the next generation game engine. The game developers who created genres. The game developers who created a dynasty. The John Carmack's and Warren Spector's.

Don't get me wrong...I'm not disappointed or down on the industry...on the contrary...I'm patiently waiting for the next big thing that I know is coming. That history has proven is coming.

I don't know what it is...I just know it is.