What happened to video games? They used to be simplistic yet challenging, cheap yet replayable, and pixelated yet awe-inspiring. Now, it seems that there is too much focus on the new technologies (especially with the addition of gaming via internet) and not enough where it really counts. Take this for example, I bought an Xbox 360 three years ago, and since then I’ve been through four of them, and not a recurring problem, different ones each time.
When the warranty ended, one year per box, there was nothing left for me in Microsoft products and moved to Sony. Since the recent switch there have been little to no issues. That being said, the Playstation 3 put such a gaping hole in my pocket that the bill for Obama’s health plan couldn’t fit into it, and that missing money still hurts today. Not only was the Playstation around $500, games can cost anywhere from $45-$85 (depending on popularity/edition), and accessories can vary in high prices, all of which are a continuous strain on a person with(out) a paycheck.
That’s not how it used to be, when we were kids it was cool to play video games. We’d take turns at being Mario and Luigi, and if there were more than two of us around we’d rotate per each death, it only makes sense. Then came a miracle; the introduction of multiplayer, and then the introduction of good multiplayer. Anyone who played N64 will tell you that James Bond: Goldeneye is one of the greatest multiplayer titles ever, and was the beginning of a great trend (which died only too young) in videogames. Perfect Dark soon followed with the addition of “bots,” the second greatest invention ever; it allowed you and friends to set scenarios and work toward a common goal, killing bots.
The best part was the lasting quality of all the consoles; my Genesis, Super Nintendo, N64, and Playstation still work with little to no trouble (you just gotta blow really hard into the cartridge). They didn’t even cost as much, yeah they’d set you back $250, but that’s half the price! That’s the thing that really gets to me; I paid $400 for an xbox 360, luckily I didn’t have to pay any extra because it was covered by warranty, but that is an ass ton of money. Even under the short one-year warranty these pieces of garbage wouldn’t last; it took me four to realize how shitty of a product they are.
My biggest problem with videogames of today is the loss of tangible social human interaction— and no more bots. With the addition of the Internet to everyday consoles, the average gamer is able to connect with millions of other idiots just like him/herself (Xbox Live= $50 a year; Playstation Network= free; Wii Online= free) to crusade for the highest gamer score. This “future technology” has completely disregarded the off-line multiplayer; it hardly exists outside of sports games.
Now, what is the point of owning one of these machines if I’m not going to play with real people? I don’t want to play kowang789 from Ho Chi Minh City. I just want to chill with my friends and occasionally turn the Playstation on. This of course, is getting harder and harder, I find myself replaying games instead of buying new ones. It sucks because there is nothing I want to do more than stimulate the economy. Where is logic? Where is reliability? Where is affordability? I’m sorry to inform you that they are dead; along with VHS and Auto-tune, videogames that we know and love are never coming back. How do you feel about the internet gaming craze?