For decades, gamers have grown to love and appreciate the ease and convenience that a dedicated game console provides. No drivers to install. No system requirement concerns. Simply put in the disc (or cartridge) and play. This past generation, we've begun to see some of the wonderful perks of console gaming we once took for granted slowly melt away, as console manufacturers create gaming machines that have an unsettling amount in common with PCs and other entertainment devices. Patches, firmware updates, downloadable content, multimedia applications, and more are all now a part of the picture, and while there's plenty of good that comes along with such additions, the inner child in me yearns to return to a much simpler time.
But that will never happen.