It never ends. If the rumors are to be believed, the next round of consoles will hit as early as 2010. Didn’t we just leave this party?
No, you haven’t, say Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. The party never ends so long as you’re willing to give us your money. And plenty of gamers are willing to do just that. But I’m no longer one of them. Games sure aren’t getting any cheaper, and the price of admission is getting tougher and tougher to stomach. I won’t mind dropping a few hundred dollars on a new high-definition television when I get back home — it would be stupid to buy anything else. But dropping hundreds of dollars on a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 when I barely have time to play games as it is? What a waste, my conscience says. I still have to finish Super Robot Taisen Z, Final Fantasy XII and Persona 3.
But there’s another side. A side that says that I’m liable to be left in the dust as we rush headlong into the next level of the perpetual arms race. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if 2010 hits, and I suddenly find myself not one but two generations behind the curve.
Who knows? It might not be so bad to take a backseat in gaming’s rat race. Maybe I’m okay with just looking back to the thirty years of gaming that I’ve missed, rather than scampering to keep up with the latest and greatest. Maybe I’ve reached the point where I’m happy to leave Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony to their arms race while I give the PS2’s library the justice it deserves. Maybe I can save myself a night standing in line while I spend my money on a trip to Europe. Maybe I can finally find the time to play Shin Megami Tensei and Chrono Trigger.
Maybe I’m crazy. Or maybe I’m not alone. Stranger things have happened.