"Our topic today is a fateful one: New consoles.
Nick: We need them. Current generation consoles, as noted in a piece by me recently, are outdated pieces of crap. We need the new, because until then, we’ll see Brown and Bloom Shooter 63 every year until more power is at the disposal of developers. Otherwise, the PC will continue to grow as it is generally unrestricted and can offer the most for titles such as Battlefield 3.
If a game such as Battlefield 3 runs watered-down on consoles but unrestricted on PC, it’s simply not fair...
David: While I admire your charitable conviction that console gamers should experience the same power and experience as the PC crowd there are two problems: 1) Consoles will never keep up (as described earlier) and 2) The costs of buying new consoles every 4-5 years in our current economic climate and the annoyance at constantly having your pride and joy superseded not long after will drive some to give up gaming altogether.
As for innovation (getting away from ‘Brown and Bloom’ shooters), this is dictated by the consumers (what they keep buying), the publishers (what they think makes money) and the developers (what they actually can create using imagination and skills). Plenty of low power XBLA or PSN or iOS games are much more creative and innovative than those with the ‘super powers’."