I’ve been playing Final Fantasy 1 a little bit everyday. It’s not the NES version, but the remake released on PS1 with Final Fantasy Origins. I never beat the original NES game, I have it. Perhaps I should focus on that instead. I don’t think it really matters. The Origins version is a much more pleasant experience. The menus and interface are just a lot easier to use and deal with it then the original NES version. I’ve only been playing an hour a day, about all I can handle before getting bored since Final Fantasy was essentially nothing but grinding levels. I will say this about Final Fantasy, it may be dated and repetitive, but I find more enjoyable than Hitman: Absolution right now, a game I actually had to force myself to finish.
It seems like the older generation of gamers is getting a little weary of the video game industry as it stands today. I am weary. For me, its not so much the games that are the problem. Far from it, good to great games are being released regularly. What I am weary of is the whole culture of gaming right now. The misogyny, the bitterness, the scamming and scheming of the major publishers. Games are starting to become overshadowed by all of the other bullshit. For most developers and publishers, its no longer about selling video games. It’s about using video games to sell us DLC and milk as much money as possible from their loyal consumers. All of the bullshit has truly eclipsed the games themselves.
I don’t even really want another generation of consoles at this point. The Xbox Live dashboard shoves its music and video apps down your eyehole while the games section is put in an isolated little corner. Then there is the gaming press who seem more interested in impressing all of the industry bigwigs than doing actual journalism and critique on the video game industry. Pissed at a bullshit ending of a beloved franchise? They call you whiny and entitled? Pissed that content that should be in the game is locked behind a wall of DLC that you have to pay to unlock? Well the publishers have to do this if they want to make money. They always have an excuse for the greed and stupidity that is the norm in video games today.
I remember once playing Super Mario World with a girl and at the time thinking that was the coolest thing in the world. Now gamers require that girls prove their geek cred first, or suffer the wrath of their little-dick misogyny. What the fuck happened to us? How did we get this way? Maybe I should go retro for a while, find my love for gaming again. There are of course bright spots that offer hope, but they seem to be ever more fleeting. There are good games out there, but that small question of doubt always lingers in the back of the mind. Is it worth it?
More and more, the answer seems to be no.
I expect the next generation of consoles to be more of the same. More DLC, more micro transactions, more DRM, more bullshit and if were are lucky and fortune smiles upon us that day, maybe a few more decent games. Right now, the good seems to be worth suffering through the bad. In ten years I will doubt that will hold true. I hate being cynical, but there it is.