The Future of Video Games

What with my Rice articles (and my occasional Avoid Drowning articles) I’ve realised that I don’t really post all that many video game related posts on here anymore (other than reviews) so I thought I’d write a little something about the world of video games which I’ve been thinking lately.
    Basically, I am very happy. I don’t think I’ve been this happy about video games in general since I was a child and it feels odd, really, because it seems like most people feel the exact opposite. Last year there was a new instalment in one of my all-time favourite video game series (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze) and it was on the level of the best titles from the mid-90s. Nintendo’s Virtual Console (and similar services) continues to grow, meaning that more and more so, the classics of the past remain readily available today (which was never the case before). I also haven’t detected any decline in quality; recent games like Minecraft and Fire Emblem Awakening have been all-time favourites of mine and I am equally as excited for upcoming projects. DLC doesn’t even bother me, as sometimes these are legitimate expansions to games which push them beyond the natural length you would expect and are therefore worth the money (and sometimes are free as well!). Games generally also tend to have a longer lifespan, due to connectivity additions and so on.
    So, I am very happy with the state of video games and I only look forward to what is next. It is sad that some people seem to think everything has changed for the worse. Perhaps they are afraid of change.

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