I feel I was raised pretty well by both of my parents. They may have separated when I was about twelve but they both still had their role to play and I feel they instilled me with good values. One of the central tenets that came from my Mum was being frugal with money, never splurging out. I know that those of you who know me will say that the amount I spend on comics is pretty contrary to this but I was also raised with the notion of treats, small things that you’re allowed.
Basically if something is under about a £5 I can buy it without much thought, above that and I really have to justify it to myself. Even buying a DVD requires some real thought, I ponder whether or not I really need it. Can I survive without the newest show from Ross Noble? I mean I still have the one he did two years ago and that still makes me laugh without fail.[drop]This is the exact same reason I haven’t got a HDTV yet, I just find it hard to justify. I’m watching Mythbusters via my PS3 on a clunky JVC CRT and it works perfectly fine. No, I can’t watch anything in HD and some people seems to think that in some way this makes it “broken”. Right now I’ve not found anything that doesn’t play, just stuff that won’t play in HD for the obvious reason. The fact that it plays is enough to keep me happy. Why buy a new one if this one still works?
That’s the exact same place my head goes every time I think about the next generation of consoles. I’m not saying it’s logical, because its not. If everyone took my approach then technology would very quickly stagnate; why create cars, horses are still more than good enough. I am well aware it’s unsustainable as an approach, and that it’s a view that doesn’t really sit well with a love for finding out about the newest gadgets and technology; I might know about them, but actually buying them? No thanks.
See my 360 and PS3 still work just fine, I’m still having fun with them. To my eye games are still advancing and making use of the power of this generation. Oh it’s not always graphical advancements, that’s for sure, but to me it will be a sad day when we only look at a game’s graphical prowess to determine whether or not it’s a step in the right direction. There’s still new gameplay emerging, improvements in AI, new ways of thinking about a game and its characters. These are all valid and important ways for the industry to move forwards. To me we’re still seeing these things change and evolve on this generation’s hardware, do we need a new one to pick up the pace?
The Wii U is looking to do that, playing with yet another new control mechanic. Hopefully we’ll see Microsoft and Sony follow suit, either building on their motion controller offerings or bringing something entirely new to the table. I have no idea what that could be, but that’s something that I really need to see to sell me. Will Sony and Microsoft decide to do that? Who knows?
I know I’ll eventually have to cave in though, the next generation of hardware is an inevitability. Technology will push ever onwards, and that’s certainly something to be praised. I just don’t know if it’s what I want, if it’s what I’ll ever really want. I mean I only got my 360 because it was a stupidly good deal at the time, someone looking to sell it quickly in order to fund a PS3.
I may not really want the next gen that much, but I’m not sure that attitude will ever change. I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.