There's a Good Reason He's Not Looking Forward to the Next Console Generation

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In today's mildly worrying Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter Arok Lazarus is somewhat scared of the next generation of consoles coming, and for good reason.


Here's something I've been wanting to say for a while. I really don't want the next generation of consoles to happen. I know it's inevitable, but I wish it wasn't already. As we all know, the cost to make games is already very high. But if we let this one linger then it'll cost less and less. Due to that, there will be more of a variety of quality games. Add a new console generation in and prices go even higher up, which means fewer variety of titles and even less risk and innovation.

Sure some good will come out of it. But I don't know if the ends will justify the means. We might get a few better sequels to existing franchises, but at what cost of potential to all sorts of other games? If this console gen lingers long enough then we'll get some really awesome and creative games in the long run because the cost to make them will inevitably go down.

I'm obviously not making an impact with this so I'm really curious to know just who else agrees or disagrees. Do some of you feel that a new console generation will get the industry up and making more creative, unique, and original titles? I'm certainly not saying you're wrong for thinking that. Quite the opposite actually. I want to feel assured that this next gen is truly going to be worth it.

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I agree entirely. The industry is already in terrible enough shape as it is, and the last thing we need is an ecosystem where the only companies making games are evil megacorporations like Activision, EA and Microsoft. The scum control the industry too much already; costs rising even further would push everyone else even further into the periphery.