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    I see the future of gaming as a push to make more games accessible to a larger demographic of people. Gaming is become phenomenally more popular since a decade ago, and it was a riot then too.

    I'm not cynical about the future of gaming, nor am I cynical about the emphasis on graphics. Nintendo already jumped off the badwagon and out of the box with the Wii, and I anticipate more people will do so once they realize they don't play games for the sake of realism, they play games for escapism.

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    I haven't found a decent turn-based strategy game in years. I play several, all developed in the 90s-early2000s (favourites probably still HOMM3 and MOO2...civ4 is ok). The older graphics don't bother me. If anyone knows of one that's come out recently, let me know.

    From my perspective it seems like all the games these days are being developed for either twitchy adrenaline junkies or people who like to lose themselves in a fantasy world for hours. I like a little more detachment to my games, so I can walk away anytime and come back.
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    I'd argue that the appeal of video games is higher now than ever. It's not only socially acceptable to be a gamer, but gaming has expanded beyond "You need to be a nerd to enjoy this".. You have casual gamers, interactive gamers, hardcore gamers, FPS's, MMOs.. the fields are huge and ever-expanding. The social acceptance of them means that you'll get larger funding, better results, and faster results.

    The average gamer now-a-days is an adult. It means that once people catch onto this socially (society is far behind reality, and always has been) games will stop being released only during summer and chirstmas, and start being released all times of the year. The fact that people know that games aren't for kids anymore is a huge step in the right direction. Adults don't care about sales and marketing so much--they want a good game. All the selling in the world won't make that happen on its own accord, and we've already seen the marketing strategies become more adult-based with collector's editions, bonus content, etc. We're not stuck with a piece of bubble gum and a cheap plastic toy.. We're getting high quality items at prices kids never would be able to afford.

    It's not ever going to be perfect.. but I Think the fan-base being adults and overshadowing children will make things continue to improve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    I haven't found a decent turn-based strategy game in years. I play several, all developed in the 90s-early2000s (favourites probably still HOMM3 and MOO2...civ4 is ok). The older graphics don't bother me. If anyone knows of one that's come out recently, let me know.

    From my perspective it seems like all the games these days are being developed for either twitchy adrenaline junkies or people who like to lose themselves in a fantasy world for hours. I like a little more detachment to my games, so I can walk away anytime and come back.
    I wonder.. do you enjoy Tower Defense at all? Or RTS?
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    I hope they tear down the wall that separate real life and in game life. On another note, there are several games that are looking promising coming out this fall/winter. Star Wars: The Old Republic, Warhammer 40k: Dark Millennium, Warhammer 40000: Space Marine, as well as the new CoD and Battlefield. I'm probably going to regress into the cave dweller I were 5 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    I wonder.. do you enjoy Tower Defense at all? Or RTS?
    They are both ok but not my favourite. It's a little too fast-paced for me - I prefer being able to sit and plan things out optimally and think about different alternatives instead of just training my fingers to pump out 9000 actions per minute. The strategy is really the whole point for me - I don't mind the real-time strategy until it becomes all about the "time" and not so much about the "strategy".

    I do plan on trying out starcraft2 more extensively when I have a bit of time and can borrow a friend's account to see if I like it. I've only played through the campaign so far. I'm always more of a campaign player than multiplayer anyway.

    VERY excited for diablo3 to come out eventually, although it's not really a strategy game at all.
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    ^ Ooohh I am too.. I'll have no life once D3 hits.

    I was going to say, SC2 has some custom games that are strategy-based and not time-constrained.. The campaign, im playing right now, is pretty fun and it isn't so fast-paced as the multi-player. THere's a particular custom game called Desert Strike, where you build buildings that continuously spawn soldiers and creatures onto a battlefield. It's more strategy based and less number-and-action-crunching. Also, you get to have time to actually watch things attack each other and see how they operate. It's pretty neat.

    Have you ever played Final Fantasy Tactics? Or Limbo? (Limbo = Not a TBS, but it is a puzzle game that's super amazing.)
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    I haven't heard of either of those. Always assumed FF was just a roleplaying game which is usually not my thing - the tactics one is something different?
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    The future of console gaming is pretty bleak. The DS and Wii were great gaming devices, but Nintendo is mostly ignoring what they were doing there to put out some crappy new devices. The PS3 and XBox360 for the most part are putting out the same bland crap, and it doesn't look like that will change any time soon.

    PC gaming is essentially dead (other than MMO's), but I think the iPhone is poised to take its place. The iPhone and other iDevices will like improve in game quality over the next few years. I am strongly considering getting one for gaming purposes.

    Still an iPod touch is not really the same as a game console. I would rather have an actual game console with good games on it. The closest I have right now is my virtual console on the Wii. I can go back and play a lot of great games I missed the first time around (or games I haven't played in 20 years that I've forgotten everything about).
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Liquid_Laser View Post
    The future of console gaming is pretty bleak. The DS and Wii were great gaming devices, but Nintendo is mostly ignoring what they were doing there to put out some crappy new devices.
    I know, it makes you wonder what they were thinking. Innovations in interfaces is definitely one of the directions that gaming should be moving towards.

    As far as gaming goes, most of the games so far this year have been crappy and rushed. The only game I am looking forward to is Skyrim, which should be decent even if they manage to mess up certain parts..

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