Up until this point, our ‘Eighth Generation Gaming in Review’ series has been a beacon of positivity – we’ve highlighted the best and most underappreciated that the generation has offer, only radiating good vibes and warmth to our readers. But as we all know, for every four instances of shining positivity, we earn one good moan. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is that moan.
Of course, not everything we’ve seen this generation is praiseworthy and there have been some trends and patterns that have infiltrated the industry that can get right in the bin. So this is our look at the tedious facets of current gaming that have proven, in some way, to be a detriment to our enjoyment of otherwise great video games, trends that we hope just don’t make it into the next console generation.
We won’t be including microtransactions, loot boxes and their associated practices that often feel akin to a publisher holding a consumer by their ankles and shaking until all their change falls out, because we’re going for changes that are smaller but more realistic. After all, no company is going to wake up one day and decide they don’t feel like squeezing a few extra million from their new releases anymore.