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Console Envy

I'm starting to feel a little left out.

I live in a console free environment, mostly because I don't have enough entertainment hours to play all the PC games I love or enough entertainment dollars to really justify more games anyway. There's also the issue of being not sure what console to pick (and Xbox so I can play Jade Empire? A PS2 so I can play Romance of the Three Kingdoms? A Gamecube so that at least one person in my circle of friends has one?).

Plus, strategy games are making tentative steps onto the console mat. Shattered Union will be released on the Xbox and introduce a whole new audience to the beauty of the hex map.

And now there's the Next Generation crap.

I understand passion for gaming, but passion for hardware is beyond my ken. Fans of all the systems are slavering over the tiniest hints about the Xbox 360 or the PS3 or the Revolution. You get the usual concomitant declarations that, this time, PC Gaming is finished or that we've been through all this before or that there aren't any titles worth getting excited over, yet.

And I completely don't care.

Here we have a major gaming industry moment coming up and I will have no position on it whatsoever. What's the point of blogging if I can't hold forth on why one console is clearly superior? Or, like many blogs, not state my opinion on this issue of importance, but skew all my commentary and links to one side or the other.

The good news for me is that the new machines should drive the old ones down in price and I can begin to catch up on a few years of gaming. But, regretfully, I will sit the Next Generation out for now.


Blogger Jim9137 said...


8/23/2005 01:06:00 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

With your gaming genre of choice in mind, if you get a Gamecube I would think that Odama would be right up your alley!

8/23/2005 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger Troy Goodfellow said...

Ooh. Never heard of that one. And it's pinball too. Plus I have a friend who thinks I'll dig Animal Crossing. Though Hannibal Crossing is more to my liking. (http://www.phobe.com/sfi/hannibal.html)

Ironically, shortly after I wrote this post, I had to turn down a writing opportunity because all my serious console gaming is twelve or thirteen years old.

8/23/2005 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous steve said...

I played Odama for a bit at E3, er, two years ago. It's just completely weird. An RTS pinball strategy thing.

8/23/2005 03:55:00 PM  

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