Re: The future of gaming lies elsewhere IMHO...
I just had a taste of the future of gaming last weekend... and it was horrible.
It all started when I finally got my hands on Starcraft 2. After the install, which took the best part of 1 hour, including some obscure "optimizing", it decided it needed to download a patch. Sounded fine, until I found out it was a 7.8 GB patch... uhmmm.... The DVD sitting inside my dvdrom was not enough storage? Anyway after 3 days downloading (in this little country where I live, the normal internet connection is not more than 1 mbps) I finally got the game to start... and then it didn't want to recognize the game code I had already set up with my battlenet account. That was one more day in order to get it fixed. Bottom line: I needed 5 days just to get the game to actually let me play. Marvelous, just marvelous.
In the meantime, I started playing Modern Warfare 3 on my PS3. Graphics were impressive, and the plot was interesting enough, but that was not a game: It was a nice movie were they left me interact in certain scenes with my controller, but I failed mission after mission for not doing tasks in the exact way and the exact time the developer wanted me to. Want to take a moment to admire the scenery of a battle-torn NY? though luck, your teammates took the boat and left you behind. Want to try and pick a fight with those enemies? No dice, your AI mate was killed because you weren't stealthy enough.
And it wasn't even a long movie at that: The campaign mode took me barely 6 hours to finish. And I payed full price for that? The disc is barely more than an expansion set for the online multiplayer, which I am unable to play (see internet connection above).
If PC and console gaming are moving this way, I think this was my last generation as a game enthusiast (I'll leave the term "gamer" for more dedicated people)... I'll just live off the memories I can get on my Wii's Virtual Console and with the PS2 games rehashed in HD for the PS3, for as long as those consoles manage to continue alive.