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Today at work I had a pretty interesting lunch with one of my senior co-workers. We had a long talk regarding retro video games and the upcoming generation. It was so interesting that I felt like I needed to share these moments with people. So I saw him eating alone at his desk and I decided to give him some company. It was all idle chatter until he asked me something that caught me by surprise.
"So what's been going on with video games these days?"
I'll be honest, I didn't expect it. Sure, it's a pretty simple question, but it's not one you'd expect from that old guy at your office that complains about people's unsanitary customs with their working space. I said things are getting messy between people and their preferences. He responded with the casual "oh, people fight over dumb things every day" phrase. I didn't really agree with him. It seems to me that people have started getting too competitive to the point of stubborn fanaticism.
He asked me what has really been going on with today's video games. My answer was that we have new consoles with some really cool features. I told him about everything that has been going on this past month: the Xbox One controversy, the Playstation 4 being heralded as the supreme console of games, and the Wii U's problems with publishers; I mentioned all the neat things each one is bringing to the table, like the Wii U's new tablet controller, the Xbox One's focus on all sides of media, and the Playstation 4's new social take on gaming. All this made me feel a little bit excited, I already wanted them in my home to play, but then he hits me with another surprising response. "Why would people fight over these things? I wish my consoles could do that years ago."
It was in that very moment that I realized something really special. I've been playing with consoles that date back to the late 1980's, and with that realization, I felt a deep appreciation for what consoles are now. Honestly, we've come a long way from games like Pong and Noughts and Crosses. Most people these days are prone to criticize how these consoles have set their sights on things above gaming, but it's not really a bad thing. It's really just a bonus. Hell, some people were stoked when we could use the Playstation 2 to watch DVD's. I digress however. The point is that most video game players have grown a little bit ungrateful. Why are we having so many debates on consoles and all the things they can do? Is it really in our nature to be so skeptic and spiteful about the future of consoles? I don't think so, but we're all entitled to our opinions. I just wish they weren't so negative, specially when comparing one thing to another when we clearly don't need to.
Back to the story. I just shrugged and said, "I really don't know, they just need to complain, I guess," and then he asked me one more time with a little more feeling to it. "But what about the freakin' games?" That's when things got really good. We began talking about games, but it wasn't about how his nephews and grandsons played a lot of video games, no. It was about how we both had the same generation of video games. It was wonders to talk about the awesome about Super Metroid, A Link To The Past, among other titles in our collection of retro games. I felt like I was in a time machine. The last gaming consoles he bought were the Sega Dreamcast and the Nintendo 64, which is ironic because they were the first ones I really owned myself. The lunch hour passed quick and we had to go back to work, but we continued to talk about it later.
We met up later at the parking lot, and the conversation went from old games to new games. I started talking about all the great games that came after the Nintendo 64. I showed him footage of a lot games from the Gamecube, the Playstation 2, and the Xbox. There wasn't a moment where the old coot didn't go, "woah, they actually do these things now?" It was almost heart warming to see a person who hasn't touched games for years come back to enjoy even the smallest of pleasures of gaming. The feeling was bittersweet, to be honest. Why can't people just appreciate games like this guy?
The next footage I showed him was from this year's E3 conferences. I showed him all the exclusives, and most multiplatform games, and you want to know what was his response?
"I really don't understand what's all the crap about. All of these look great."
Imagine that; a video game player that has been away from the industry for more than a decade, and he finds a lot of joy in what he sees.
Have video gamers become too spoiled to actually enjoy impressive games?
Maybe, most of it is subjective I suppose.
Will we ever see an end to conflict between video gamers over their preference?
I highly doubt it.
I just hope one day, people will grow the *** up and realize consoles and games are not weapons and shields.
Hope y'all enjoyed the read. I'm kinda new to the blog writing, and I'm aspiring to be a writer.