With the rise of the 8th-generation right on our doorsteps - All the buzz and hype is starting to expand into an enormous tsunami of excitement and mass hysteria. Every single day there's more major news that sends everyone in a frenzy ~ just praying for time to accelerate so they could finally get their hands on their shiny new "next-gen" devices and consoles.
But I'm worried. Why?
Well ~ Let's face it. What are common stuff you read when there's talk about a "next-gen" game or "next-gen" system?
"How much RAM does it have?"
"What type of GPU is it using?"
"How many cores does it have?"
"What engine is this running on?"
"How many polygons does it contain?"
It seems like, more or less, these days - most true-blue (a.k.a: hardcore) gamers seem to be more concerned about the technical details, more than the actual device or game. I think I see more people talking about graphics and specs, more than I see them saying things like:
"Man, this is gonna be fun!"
"I'm gonna enjoy this console!"
I mean - don't get me wrong. It's always nice to get the full details on a potential purchase - but why does it have to go this far? From my view of things - it seems like if the game isn't 1080P and running at 60FPS ~ there's suddenly a problem. What ever happened to simply getting hyped to up to run the store, by your new console, throwing in your game, and just having fun? Why is it so much of a concern as what's inside the system and what resolution the game is rendered in?
It seems like the main focus of "gaming" is no longer "to play games" but more along the lines of "analyzing games to the highest extent".
Is there anything wrong with this? Not entirely. To me, it just seems unnecessary, that's all. To be honest - this kind of behavior seems to fit more if you're a full-breed PC gamer - as it's PC users who really have to be conscience about what specs they need to run newer titles, as they're becoming increasingly more demanding, just as fast as new graphics cards and processors are rolling out. But console gamers seem to have also adopted the 'tech-head' attitude, and it really makes me facepalm to see people more concerned about what's inside the system and the specs behind the game.
Will this trend continue into the future? Will gaming really become more of a tech-lesson than an entertainment-dispenser?