I’ve never really done much gaming on the go, at least not since the Gameboy and it’s many Final Fantasy games, and the current generation of portables never really had anything that made me think I wanted one. Until now. And that led to all sorts of questions about console exclusivity, franchises, and how we should feel about all this.
I admit that I’ve played Brain Age on the DS a few times, but it didn’t make me want to buy one. A few minutes ago, however, I just watched the Gamescom trailer for The 3rd Birthday, which looks like just the game to make me actually consider a PSP purchase. Then, of course, if I had one I would have to find other games to justify my purchase, which would lead to me delving more into the library of games available, and buying even more games… see where this is going?
The 3rd Birthday, the third game (imagine that) in the Parasite Eve series, looks awesome. I mean, it doesn’t look like Uncharted 2 or anything, but I’m not really talking about graphics here either. It’s action packed and it continues the somewhat convoluted story that I enjoyed from previous Parasite Eve games. And this really got me thinking. It’s a conspiracy, I’m sure.
Franchises changing which console they’re on. Old games getting reboots on the newest generation of consoles, but not on the same product line. Imagine how many people would run out and purchase a PS3 if the next Halo game was on it instead of the Xbox 360. Imagine how many people would buy something like OnLive if the next God of War or Metal Gear Solid was exclusive to it.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Should we feel betrayed as fans if our series of choice jumps ship to a console we haven’t purchased? Should we feel swindled as consumers that we’ll have to shell out more money to buy another console just to continue with the next game? Or should we as gamers be somehow obligated to own every system out there just to feel qualified to call ourselves real gamers?
The answers to these questions come down to the individual. The reality is, however, that if you want to experience the best games available, you’ll probably have to own most of the consoles out there. Maybe that’s what publishers are banking on. Maybe that’s why they get $50 million for exclusivity. Maybe that’s why gamers buy used because they can’t afford everything they want. Maybe that’s why my Xbox 360 breaks down every 10 months. Maybe that’s why snozberries taste like snozberries. Maybe you should leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Some things are just inevitable.