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Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby BurningDoom » Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:59 pm

It seems like each console this Generation, not counting the handhelds, have some glaring problem with them. What happened to quality control in this generation?

Don't believe me? Just look at the facts: XBox 360's Red Ring of Death has angered half of Microsoft's customer base, making them move over to Wii or PS3. Not to mention the useless HD-DVD player. PS3 promised us full backwards compatibility with the PS3, but reality is that maybe 3 PS2 games work on it. What kind of crap is that? And the Wii is fun, no doubt, but it's really just a gimmick that gets old fairly quickly. It really doesn't belong in the running against PS3 and XBox 360 when it comes to graphics and game size.

So my question is: Why the heck are they pricing these next-gen systems so freaking high when they seem to be held together with spit and bailwire?! Back in the day systems like the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo were tough little systems that could survive anything short of chucking them off your balcony; and they were $199 tops when they first came out, and $129-$149 for most of their market life.

The next generation of XBox 720, PS4, and Nintendo Whatever needs to take these lessons from the current generation and apply them to the next. All these flashy graphics and cool online features don't mean crap if the system blows or fails on you.

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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby Darththomas » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:17 pm

Too true, i'm onto my third xbox now but it's never been the red ring which I could get repaired for free. I still have my megadrive (Genesis) that I had when I was like 10, what's more it still works 18 years on, the big games companies need to know we want the next generation to be reliable especially if they keep coming up with ridiculous prices.
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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby Punstarr » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:12 pm

I'm still waiting for the Game Shark cheat codes for the new generation systems. I've become quite lazy since my younger days when it comes to gaming... I don't like being frustrated by games. I prefer to go through the motions and just enjoy the story and awesome cinematics, especially in games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill.
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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby Darththomas » Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:16 pm

Punstarr wrote:I'm still waiting for the Game Shark cheat codes for the new generation systems. I've become quite lazy since my younger days when it comes to gaming... I don't like being frustrated by games. I prefer to go through the motions and just enjoy the story and awesome cinematics, especially in games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill.



I agree with this too, I hate being beaten by a computer and if you can't cheat it aint worth playing :lol:
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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby Green Skin » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:17 pm

The new consoles suck because they run on a disc. Ever notice that the console durability went way down after they stopped using cartridges. Granted you would sometimes have to blow into a game for like 20 minutes but they were soo hard to break. I literally had my SNES run over and it still played games.
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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby A Common Enemy » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:46 pm

I know what you mean, Xbox 360 has to be one of the worst. I know a guy who has had 7 Xbox's, and the Xbox 360 is only like 4 years old right?
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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby Wesr » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:04 am

It's a ploy i think. The systems keep breaking to sell more and the better the system you get them the longer it lasts so if you get a top of the line 360 or ps3 it'll last longer than the cheaper models.
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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby whiskeytango » Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:15 pm

it certainly is true that Microsoft inflates its sales numbers by also including the number of systems bought after the first one crapped out. Its interesting to me that there are so many Xbox fanboys even though their system is such a piece. I mean, I own one, but I don't like it as much as my PS3.
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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby MrGore » Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:17 am

darththomas81 wrote:
Punstarr wrote:I'm still waiting for the Game Shark cheat codes for the new generation systems. I've become quite lazy since my younger days when it comes to gaming... I don't like being frustrated by games. I prefer to go through the motions and just enjoy the story and awesome cinematics, especially in games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill.



I agree with this too, I hate being beaten by a computer and if you can't cheat it aint worth playing :lol:

Really? I hate cheats and cheating in games, I like using cheat options menu, if during the game I did something that unlocked me some cheat options, but those are cheats I earned.
I can take advantage of glitches and unfair conditions to win fight games and stuff, but actual cheats jsut take the fun away.
The only cheat I use is in godfather I use the money cheat every 5 mins, but only cause it's my second run in the game, I erased my previews save cause it was boring didn't have any more shops to take control, lol.
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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby Darththomas » Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:24 pm

sephiroth wrote:It's a ploy i think. The systems keep breaking to sell more and the better the system you get them the longer it lasts so if you get a top of the line 360 or ps3 it'll last longer than the cheaper models.


Don't know about that one mate, My first two were the middle one and they both broke. Then I bought the cheapest one (arcade) and it's still going strong, and I got the extra years guarantee for it #-o
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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby Darththomas » Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:25 pm

MrGore wrote:
darththomas81 wrote:
Punstarr wrote:I'm still waiting for the Game Shark cheat codes for the new generation systems. I've become quite lazy since my younger days when it comes to gaming... I don't like being frustrated by games. I prefer to go through the motions and just enjoy the story and awesome cinematics, especially in games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill.



I agree with this too, I hate being beaten by a computer and if you can't cheat it aint worth playing :lol:

Really? I hate cheats and cheating in games, I like using cheat options menu, if during the game I did something that unlocked me some cheat options, but those are cheats I earned.
I can take advantage of glitches and unfair conditions to win fight games and stuff, but actual cheats jsut take the fun away.
The only cheat I use is in godfather I use the money cheat every 5 mins, but only cause it's my second run in the game, I erased my previews save cause it was boring didn't have any more shops to take control, lol.


Cheating is cool!!!!!, but not against another person on xbox live, that drives me mad people who just use one move over and over again just to win...........loosers
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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby CplHicks » Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:20 pm

My xbox broke.

But I was smart enough to get the store extended warranty.

It was free for me to get it repaired :D

My old systems (NES, SNES etc. ) are getting on in age some of them are approching 20+ years and they still work great! :mrgreen:
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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby therapist » Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:45 am

Punstarr wrote:I'm still waiting for the Game Shark cheat codes for the new generation systems. I've become quite lazy since my younger days when it comes to gaming... I don't like being frustrated by games. I prefer to go through the motions and just enjoy the story and awesome cinematics, especially in games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill.


Then why not just save yourself some money and youtube that sh!t
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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby BurningDoom » Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:53 am

I'm all for cheating when needed. I own a Game Genie and/or GameShark for most of my systems. By the way, if anyone has a Sega Saturn or Sega Dreamcast GameShark, I'm looking for those. But i only do it when absolutely needed, or if it unlocks extra content. If you do it all the time, then games become less fun.

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Re: Why Does This Generation's Consoles Suck?

Postby therapist » Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:49 am

Ya I personally hate cheats I mean I don't even like walkthoughs it ruins the magic and fun. I will sometimes use a cheat on a second play through like after beating GTA games nothing is more fun then cruising the city without consequences.

But all that is besides the point the problem with todays systems.

The Xbox 360 was rushed out to beat the other 2 and thus released unfinished and bugged. The 360 however does feature possibly the largest online gaming community and possibly the most diverse range of games for all ranges where as its competitors strive twords one market (PS3 the hard core and WII the casual).

The PS3 iv never really had a problem with even with its massive price point it was still one of the best values among blu ray dvd players. The free online play is a massive plus over its microsoft competitor and even though there are still more then enough flaws such as a ridiculous amount of updates the system itself is fairly sound and has internet (in homes already providing a high speed modem). The lack of PS3 exclusive titles has truly been one of its major downfalls and that can be counted up to the original cost of the system I mean what company wants to make exclusives for a system most are already turned off from due to price point.

The Wii I see nothing wrong with it is during exactly what it was built to do, appeal to the casual gamer. Even today with people dissing its "Gimmick" the Wii is still selling like crack. The "Gimmick" as people call it is what makes it so accessible and loved by people who may have otherwise never played a game.
So all and all I wouldn't say there is anything worse about todays systems its just there were fewer problems with the earlier consoles as all they did was play games todays systems just have far to many features to expect it to work 100% of the time.

I would like to pride myself as a hard core gamer (I own every console in existence) and as being young enough to not be tainted by nostalgia but old enough to appreciate the classics (which I still boot up all the time)

That's just my 2 cents
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