As the sun sets on the current generation, I reflect on the last 7 years of my gaming life. I was a spritely 14 year old when I got a 360 in 2006. I saw some great times with the 360. I think about my love for the fable series (fable III is a myth), the friends I made playing the gears series, and hell, I was just playing halo 3 the Thursday before PS4 launch. I've also had brief run ins with Playstation. Played PS1 at friend's houses, owned a ps2 for 9 days (only had pro evolution soccer) and played extended glimpses of the PS3. But I guess the my move permanent move to PS, was a while in the making. Being wowed by Little Big Planet in 2008 was the first thought I had where I went "I should get a ps3"; never did, though.
I never had the money and my friends were almost all on the xbox.
The years following 2009 however, I started to really question Microsoft's commitment to the xbox. Console only experiences started to dry up, indie initiative got lazy and the fundamental swindle of the kinect solidified my mind last year that the PS4 was the way to go but I'm nothing if not fair. So when I heard about the xbox one event coming in may, I marked it as Microsoft's last chance to get me back again. It was uneventful, and I decided I'm still going with the PS4. It wasn't until Microsoft's original anti-gamer, publisher stroking drm policies that I felt insulted.I had supported the xbox for years, and I felt like it didn't really matter as microsoft was ready to impose their vision on their fanbase without a hint of foresight. I was actively in disbelief at the utter disconnectedness Microsoft had actually fallen into. They truly were out of touch with their customers.
Cue Sony's e3 press conference. They absolute shinning moment when the secured beyond a doubt my loyalty. They got it. They actually understood what gamers wanted. It wasn't lip service and although it was possible that sony was going down the same route as MS, but their willingness to come out at against a trend (drm) that would be so easy for them to remain complacent with, was huge. It said, "we've heard our community, and we want to do right by them." Well, that was an ideology I bought. I bought that commitment. And I wanted to be part of that community.
Well now I am, and resogun isn't going to obsessively play itself.