Anybody else watching the news around E3 this year? All this xCloud and Stadia, and everyone harping on yet new even more powerful hardware coming next year has me something in a malaise and im having a hard time articulating it. Im not sure why either, I don’t own an XBox, and Im not going to bat an eyelash at Stadia.
Maybe its continuing to hammer home the message that gaming isn’t for me? Or im not willing to go down this cultural-technology fork in the road that is looming.
I know the thought of yet another gaming generation with yet more hardware upgrades is something im inclined to take a hard pass on.
Also this whole emphasis on the next generation of gaming chasing engagement. That word engagement. Ive got a negative association with it these days.
Also more independent studios like Double Fine getting bought up depress me. Like I really adored the gnu/linux port of Broken Age. I guess thats a kind of experience im not likely to be able to get from them in the future.
And like I get it. I got more gaming than ill need for the forseable future allready. But the industry is something ive enjoyed following for most of my life now, even if ive just been in a corner of it.
Im not sure its going to be enjoyable following for much longer.