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Sounds like everybody pretty much agrees. I think it will be curious to see if next generation consoles offer more functionality to extend it past just being a video game console. I mean, they already play DVD's, but I wouldn't be surprised if they embed themselves even further into your entertainment center, perhaps with DVR or Roku capabilities. Also, even though I agree games are what make or break the success of a console, it's still exciting to think about how a new console might impact the video game industry - will we see a new controller configuration or the ability to stream to other TVs like Valve is planning to do?
As far as White Angel Dragon's question about preserving the older generations, I'm sort of on the fence. I don't mind that they do it, but I don't know that I would be disappointed if they didn't. I don't go back and play a lot of the old classics.
There are some great rom/emulator libraries out there, but nothing quite beats the satisfaction of owning and holding a physical copy of a game. Obviously with older games going "out of print" they can't just produce more on demand, but it would be nice to see more of them added to something like the Wii store or XBLA as downloadables.
I'm in the "video games are art" camp. As an art, I think it's important for future generations to have the chance to experience old games. Like old music & movies, old games can inspire new video game creators. I'm a really big fan of Nintendo's Virtual Console - I think that's a great idea! It's especially great that they have games from Neo Geo, Turbo Grafx, Sega, and other various non-Nintendo consoles on there. I recently discovered Neo Geo and it's awesome to me that V.C. has the first three Metal Slug games. I bought the 3rd one on XBLA so I could play it with my arcade stick, but if the other 2 games don't come to XBLA, I might buy them on Virtual Console.
Okay team, think we're going to wrap this first fireside chat up. The next one should be posted tonight / tomorrow. Thanks for all the activity and comments. Cheers.