I have great memories playing "Beserk", "Asteroids", "Tank", "Space Invaders", "Ms.Pac Man, "River Raid", "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on Atari 2600. But you got to admit, "LIVE from PlayStation" is amazing entertainment! LOL
I agree evan, lots of me me me type people now. Gaming is as good as it ever was, you are free to ignore internet forums, and news about games, no one forces you too.
Generally, it seems gamers have been spoiled too quickly and by too much starting at least with the last couple of generations where technological improvements seem to be winning gamers over nowadays sometimes more than the games themselves. It used to be that you could take a couple of minutes blowing into your dusty old NES cartridge trying to make Kung Fu work on the system for a good while. It used to be the challenge in delivering newspapers to every house on the street through Paperboy's route was enough entertainment for an afternoon. Then we started transitioning between consoles and handhelds. The Game Boy was neat and had Tetris for solo or dual play. The Super NES had a monster of a library to sort through. You could probably camp out in your living room for ten years straight and never be bored of the Super NES catalogue.
The Sega Genesis was a piece of work itself with all its variations. How many extras were there? The Sega CD introduced gamers of the age to CD gaming where the Sega 32X upgraded gamers to 16-bit (or was it 32-bit?) technology. Then there was all the different controllers with multiple button combinations and competition coming from companies such as Panasonic, Atari, and NEC. As memorable as the 16-bit generation had been, the disc-based 32-bit and 64-bit wars was another insane round of terrific and terrible gaming. Although we had already seen certain versions of 3D gaming before then, this was when it all first came together for the most part. Mario was in 3D for the first time. Those "tank" controls in Resident Evil got gamers used to figuring out down can be up and up can be backward, depending on where the camera is facing.
What I miss from generations' past is there being at least one or more sensational gaming products everyone was talking about, ones that were able to satisfy every consumer no matter what. Although we've had some quality titles from the start in years' past, centering on the more recent hardware instead of there being an absolute must-play on systems such as Wii U and PlayStation 4 from day one we're left with some disappointing selections or otherwise ones that don't reach that high up on the greatness scale. With the PlayStation 3 though, and obviously the Xbox 360 before it, firmware updates and the hardware itself led to many current trendsetters that now feel like irreplaceable utilities that will surely jump to the next hardware bout and the next one after that. Obvious additions from Netflix, to the digital store, from achievements to Facebook's interconnectedness, and buddy lists are all now staying with us across the current cycle, even to the point of coupling with the latest in innovations. The ability to share, the ability to stream games, the ability to multitask and take control over someone else's game remotely are all some of the nuances we'll upgrade to now or in due time. Some of these are welcome changes or ones that are acceptable given the average gamer mindset. Being around gaming for a long, long time though I'm just looking forward to any potential exciting avenues that developers decide to dish out along the way and enjoy it as it all comes rushing in.