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Where Does The Retro Era End?

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It’s easy to figure out where “Retro Gaming” begins, but where does it end?  Where do we draw the line that defines retro gaming, and gaming outside of the current generation? The definition of “retro” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it in relation to fashion, but says “relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned“.  All this leaves us with is a very vague “of the past” or “nostalgic” to apply towards Retro Gaming.

My Definition

I have a way that I personally define it, but I admit there are some flaws or outliers in my definition too.  I use my classification of “Retro Gaming” as a way to include more games into the definition, and also to simplify things.   My definition is this:  Retro games are games from the generation before last. (Example: PS4 is current generation, PS3 is last generation, PS2 is retro gaming).

The Argument Against My Definition

I’m sure some of you disagree with that definition, and have some good reasons to reject it.  A strong case could be made that something like the Playstation 2 generation can’t be considered retro because they still had releases as recent as 2013 (FIFA 14 and Pro Evolution Soccer 14).  That’s a very good point, but it’s a bit of an outlier, along with some other titles from the PS2.   The vast majority of PS2 games released in 2007 and beyond were released side by side with the PSP and Wii, ported from the PSP, sports games, music games, or multi-platform movie licensed games.  There are a few exceptions though, like 2008’s Persona 4.   Now I’m not trying to say these games don’t count, but the PS2 was a system that sold over 158 million units and that install base was too large to ignore worldwide for soccer games, and too large for developers to not port the weaker PSP games, or equally powered Wii games to.    Those games gave the PS2 releases way past it’s time, that really make it hard to make a case for it as a “Retro Console”.    From that same generation, the GameCube’s final release was Madden ’08 in August 2007, and the XBox’s final release was Madden ’09 in August 2008, both well after the system was dead.   I have a strong feeling that with digital releases being so popular now, and that almost every indie game doesn’t require much tech power, we will see today’s consoles get releases well into the next generation and maybe even the one after that (if there is one).

How Much Time Has to Pass?

Trying to group a console or generation into the Retro classification is just simpler to do.  Games like Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Time Splitters, and Midnight Club launched with the PS2, they’re 18 years old!  Read the rest of this entry

Prototype 2

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Max Payne 3

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Splatterhouse

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Killer Is Dead

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Resident Evil 6

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Lollipop Chainsaw

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The PS4/XB1 Generation So Far

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This generation of systems (not including Wii U) has been going on for a little bit over 3 years now.  While the systems have become more powerful, the functionalities have expanded and the ability to share videos has emerged, I am still somewhat disappointed by the games we’ve got over the past 3 years.   In no way do I think this generation has “sucked”, I just feel like it’s left me wanting more than what is being offered.

I feel as if the Sony and Microsoft exclusives have been lackluster this generation, a few have fallen flat and most of them have received numerous delays.  I also feel like Third Parties have also been a bit disappointing this generation too.  Third parties seem to be even more overly cautious, releasing even more generic and predictable copy cat games.  There has been a lack of new IPs and new ideas from all major publishers this generation.  And of course, as we all know, the cash grabs and schedule fillers known as remaster and re-releases have shown up more than we’d like.   While waiting for the new must-have games, I’ve been wondering  “When the hell are we gonna get this generation started?”

2016 was by far the best year of this generation, with favorites such as: Uncharted 4, Battlefield 1, Overwatch, Dark Souls III, Titanfall 2, Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian and more.  But right now as we feel the PS4/XB1 are about to hit their stride, we’re being pushed into upgrading to PS4 Pros and XB1 Scorpios.  As of now, these upgrades aren’t required but undoubtedly  all of the major titles will take advantage of the extra power.  I also won’t be surprised if there ends up being Pro/Scorpio exclusives.  We might even see development focus so much on Pro/Scorpio, that the original PS4/XB1 will suffer.  I find it a bit concerning that games are being announced and hyped multiple years before release (Death Stranding, Shenmue 3, FF VII Remake, etc) and that by the time they come out, PS4/XB1 will probably be considered old. Read the rest of this entry

Picking Sony over Microsoft Next-Gen

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(Updated 2/27/2013) Every time a new generation of systems arrives, I tend to have my decisions already made on what order I will be buying each companies systems.  Nintendo’s systems are a certainty for me, even if it is the unpopular decision.  Mario, Metroid, Zelda and almost every other Nintendo franchise is something I can’t pass up.  However choosing my other system isn’t as much of a simple must-have, it becomes “which one first”.  The last generation I picked up a Playstation 2 a while before I ever got a XBox, PS2 had a huge library of games and the XBox had fun online, when online wasn’t common.  In this current generation I picked the Wii at launch, and then about 7 months later I became more interested in playing some HD games on my new TV.  I quickly picked the 360 over the PS3 and never regretted it, I still don’t. Most of my friends had a 360, very few of them had a PS3 and this was pretty important for any online gaming, borrowing/trading games, co-op, etc.  The 360 had a bigger library at the time (due to being out longer) and the 360 was significantly cheaper (I believe about $200).  I didn’t buy a PS3 until 4 years later in 2011, and I primarily bought it to play NFL Sunday Ticket without having a full DirecTV subscription.

The next generation is quickly approaching and before anything official has even been announced, I’m pretty sure my mind is made up…I’m going with Sony.   Now this doesn’t mean I’m never going to get Microsoft’s next system, and this doesn’t even mean I’m going to pick up a Playstation 4 at launch, but right now Sony is winning the war and I don’t see how Microsoft can change that.  Below is my breakdown of some of the most important factors and reasons for my decisions. Read the rest of this entry