"Video games are pretty nowadays, aren't they? 3D graphics, Hollywood-style production and story, lots of flash. It seems that the current production value of games has driven them into mainstream view, something many gamers have clamored for for ages. However, could this relatively new-found popularity be both a blessing and a curse? Are video games becoming cookie cutter? Let's take a look at some of today's popular franchises, as well as some favorites of yesteryear, and see what road we, as gamers, can expect to follow in the future."