With the next generation of video game consoles debuting in 7-8 weeks, what are your thoughts on the 8th generation?
In 2013, my youngest kid was 4, and so I was starting to emerge from the toddler years and into a wider awareness of the world. When I got the PS4, I had just started watching streamers on Twitch, and the idea of a console that could stream at the push of a button was pretty amazing to me. The first game I played on it was Contrast, a PS Plus freebie, and I also spent a lot of time jumping from stream to stream on the system, where people were using the camera to broadcast themselves to the world. My other early games were Lego Marvel Super Heroes, and Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, neither of which really taxed the system. It wasn't until 2015 that Bloodborne came out that I found one of my games of the decade and the system came into its own.
2015 was also when I picked up an Xbox One, primarily for Ori and the Blind Forest. However, it was always a secondary console to me, and was not played for months at a time. That changed when I subscribed to Xbox Game Pass last year, and now it's the system that lets me be a total game tourist on the console.
In addition to the popularity of steaming, it seems that the other major innovation of this generation is the Battle Royale. These games have never really hooked me, but I can see the appeal of a game that allows you to quickly move from match to match, and emergent gameplay that is fun to share with your friends or an audience.