In this weekly column series, I will talk about my gaming habits and how they have changed over the past twenty-some-odd years. I started my gaming career on the SNES and now I am twenty-eight years old. I mainly play on the PlayStation but dabble with some PC games from time to time. This week, I take a look at something that has only begun to shows it’s head in the past year or so.
Video games have been a part of my life for two decades now. And being able to just get on the internet and find all the upcoming games in an instant is something I take for granted. With all the giant outlets covering tons of games and with all that info at your fingertips. It is simply amazing. I remember back when I had my Game Informer magazine subscription, and that was a primary source of game news for me. It was great getting the new issue each month and discovering all of the new games that were coming out and getting that juicy inside scoop.
But long gone are those days. Now, if I am interested in a game I can find all I need to know in seconds, which isn’t a bad thing at all. But here recently, in the past year or so, I have slowly just lost interest in game announcements in general. I would say Destiny 2 was probably the last game I was super excited about. And that was back at the tail end of 2017. After that, any big announcement has just been kind of, meh. I have a specific example in the form of Square Enix’s (possible) blockbuster hit, Kingdom Hearts III, that I would like to talk about.
I love the first two Kingdom Hearts games. I specifically remember that when the first came out I could not play it immediately because I was away at summer camp. My little brother played it instead and sent me a letter (yes, on paper) telling me all about it and how awesome it was. I’m telling you, the moment I got back from camp I sunk into my couch and got lost in the Kingdom Hearts universe. Teaming up with Donald and Goofy to go on this incredible adventure was something I will never forget. From the satisfying combat, interesting stories, characters, and overall design, (I loved increasing my health to make the HP bar go across the screen) Kingdom Hearts is one of my favorites.
But for some reason, I honestly am not excited at all for Kingdom Hearts III. I am glad the game is finally coming out and I might pick it up at some point. But that’s it. I don’t feel anything else towards this game. If the third installment was released ten years ago, I probably would not shut up about it. But it didn’t. I am not sure if it has just been too long or if I just don’t share the same enthusiasm as I used to when I was a kid.
Another good example of this lack of hype is Anthem. Don’t get me wrong, the game looks really cool and seems like it could be very fun. But my excitement for Anthem is suppressed and is something that I don’t want to rush into. It is more of a situation where I want to wait and see before I get too pumped. I have some fears with Anthem that have not been addressed by any developer video yet, so, only time will tell. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing, but it is interesting that I don’t have the intense passion as I used to when it comes to feeling the hype for a game announcement.
Thanks for sticking around for another week of Aging Gamer. Be sure to join me again next week when I talk about how the “console war” is stupid.