I know everyone is excited for the next generation of video game hardware.
But in regards to the long-time gamers out there, I'm wondering how their excitement level compares to that of previous generational shifts. I ask because I'm getting the sneaking suspicion that older gamers aren't quite as enthusiastic about the coming generation.
I'm not saying I'm not excited, and I'm not saying there aren't plenty of people my age who aren't excited. We all are, at least to some extent. But the video game industry has changed so much since the days we first started playing, and I'm wondering if gamers over the age of 30 have some quiet reservations about the upcoming machines. Even if they really like what they see from the PS4, maybe they're not as enthusiastic about the new generation as they have been for other new consoles. And maybe there are reasons for that.
For me, I think I was most excited for the PS2. I do remember being wicked psyched for the SNES because the original Nintendo was such a revelation for my young mind. But there was something that struck me as hugely exciting about the PS2. It was a combination of factors, including my full immersion in JRPGs during the PS1 years (which I really wanted to see on the PS2) and my growing desire to branch out. On top of which, I was working at EB at the time, which sort of fueled my interest. That happens when you're around games and selling games every day.
And while I'm interested to see what the PS4 and new Xbox provide, I have to say, I'm not as anxious for the new generation. At least, not in comparison to what I felt when the PS2 was almost upon us. Granted, I had more time for gaming in those days, so that may also have contributed to my hype level, but I maintain that there's something about altering industry trends that has me lukewarm about the next generation.