The Glorious Joys of the End of a Cycle…

Yes, yes, yes; I know that the current console cycle has gone on “too long.” Developers are starting to get nervous, retailers have been nervous, and players are getting just plain annoyed; so yes, it is that time again.  It would be easy to get down on the industry right now; and nay-say its current condition; but I come here not to bury the industry’s current state; but to praise it…sort of.

If there is an upside to the down end of a cycle; it’s the fact that there are a lot of games that get green-lit that wouldn’t necessarily have seen the light of day earlier.  With development costs down, hardware better understood; and the industry sequel-ed out, developers are freed a bit more to do more and push the envelopes of the system…or do something that sounds completely insane.

 

I personally prefer the former to the latter…

 

 

Take for example Capcoms new game, Remember Me. I could go into details, but the gist is that you have the ability to “remix” people’s memories, in order to get what you want.  On the other end, you have High Moon Studios working on a Deadpool game; where even in the trailer is already arguing with himself and the player.  Of course, I’d be remiss to mention some of the big dogs in this race; Halo 4 looks better than any 360 game should, and some of the things that EA is doing with Frostbite 2 are pretty damn good looking.  No matter how you spin it; good things are ahead.

 

 

Historically, the same has been true. God of War II, Resident Evil 4, and Super Mario Bros. 3 were all released near the ends of their respective consoles, relatively speaking in some cases.  Nonetheless, it’s pretty obvious that this time in the cycle is not something to be feared.  Think of it as the system’s last hurrah; a going away party, if you will. 

 

This next year is going to be an interesting one no matter what happens.  As we look forward to what is to come; we shouldn’t feel afraid to still dive in to what is currently before us.  This is a year long going away party, and for all the fun they gave us; we owe it to them to stay to the end of the night.  It’s going to be a hell of a bender, and killer hangover in the morning…

 

Update: As this was being written; Sony announced that it was going to support the PS3 through 2015.  This gives new insight into their plans for the future, and what is to come.  It would seem that they are going to do to the PS3 what they did to the PS2 this last cycle; and offer dual support.  This could be seen both as a good and bad thing.  For one; it would give Sony a guaranteed revenue stream, but it would also promise stripped down ports of games released on the other system.  Time will tell how this will play out…

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