Next-Gen Consoles Load So Fast I Can't Doomscroll Anymore

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2020 hasn’t been a good year to check the internet. So, a nice bonus of playing on new, faster consoles is that I no longer have time to doomscroll through Twitter anymore.

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I first started noticing this when I played Godfall, of all games. I like Godfall. It’s mindless fun with some shiny, fancy graphics and a satisfying amount of loot and combat. But it’s not the most narratively engaging game, so I find my mind wandering a bit during cutscenes or between missions. And when I’m in this state I tend to grab my phone and check Twitter during long periods of downtime. This usually meant during loading screens. But I can’t do that anymore because Godfall, like so many other next-gen games, loads in seconds or less.

I still reach for my phone when a loading screen or bar pops up in games like Miles Morales or Godfall. Habits don’t break overnight. But by the time I grab it the game is done loading and it’s time to play.

I could pause the game and do some doomscrolling, but I’m trying to avoid that as much as possible. I don’t need to read every single update on how the President is trying to use court cases and cowardly Republicans to break democracy. I don’t need to read each new report about how bad the Covid-19 pandemic is getting. I don’t need to watch as millions of people around the world scoff at basic science and avoid wearing masks. I don’t need any of that, not when a video game has loaded up and is ready to be played.

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Going into these consoles, we knew that they would be fast. But it’s one thing to see a video from Sony showing how fast a game loads. It’s a whole another thing when that game is in your room and it is really, truly that fast. No tricks. No editing magic. Just raw speed and power being piped through a 4k display. And all that power is helping me spend less time reading bad tweets and watching sad news clips, which is a huge help to my overall mental state.

I’ll never completely stop doomscrolling or reading the news. (Whatever you prefer to call it.) I care too much about what’s going on to truly disconnect. But these new consoles and their speedy loading screens and instant boot-ups have cut out a few minutes of my day that were once spent looking at a tiny screen, hoping for good news but only finding pain, sadness, and despair.

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Now I’ve replaced that time with web-slinging and big men swinging swords at lizard-people. I’m a happier person for it.

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Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.

DISCUSSION

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Arden

There’s no reason to Doomscroll anymore. We won! It’s time to Get Back To Brunch™ and not have to pay attention to any of these icky politics anymore! I mean sure, you could be concerned that Biden’s recent Climate cabinet pick is a sold out fossil fuel hack and have all your supposedly leftist friends tell you “I guES S YoU’D RaThER HaVE TrUmP”, but why do that when we could just wear our ‘Yas Queen Kamala shirts and throw parties when Liberals get a non-binary gender checkbox on the admissions paperwork to our migrant children concentration camps?

Non-bitterly, I’m actually running into the same problem with load screens I’d usually use them to start up another automated dungeon run in a Gacha game or check discord but I’m finding these games are loading too fast now and it’s...an interesting ‘problem’ to have.

Also, has anyone thought about where all those Gameplay tips on loading screens are going to go? Poor guys are gonna lose their place :(