You would think after yesterday I wouldn’t have any hate left in me right? Think again, as we reveal another new segment called ‘As it should be’ where we provide commentary on a particular subject – primarily about video games. Today it’s about Backwards Compatibility, and I promise I’ll keep it short. Now for those don’t know Backwards Compatibility is a feature in modern video game consoles that allow gamers to play their older games on them. Of course the older games would only play on the updated versions of the systems you bought for them originally (i.e. PS2 to PS3) and most game systems made before 2002 generally didn’t have that feature. But Backwards Compatibility allowed gamers to continue enjoying their favorite games anytime they wanted – or they did. The next generation of Sony (PS4) and Microsoft (Xbox 720?) consoles will not have backwards compatibility because of the changing technology in which I say: bull pucky.
Now I’ll buy they couldn’t do backwards compatibility back in the 80’s and 90’s because computer technology was still coming into its own and video game systems were still considered ‘kids toys’. – in 2013 however there is no excuse. Do you know you know about many games I’ve collected since 2002? How many of those games I still play and enjoy like Okami, Jade Empire, Legend of Mana, and of course Conker: Live & Reloaded? Those games, more resent titles (like BioShock Infinite), and even downloadable ones (this includes saved game data fokes) can’t and won’t be able to be played because the next gen systems are so advanced that it’s just not possible? Again I say: bull pucky. That’s just sad people because the games we loved are now useless pieces of plastic and programing, and after the PS4 & Xbox 720 launch the only way you can play those games is with the old systems. Which I hope you kept in good condition because if you didn’t you’ll be screwed.
Oh wait no, Sony and Microsoft has a solution to their lack of Backwards Compatibility. Sony wants you their emulator or cloud services for all your favorite games. How & when, never addressed, thanks Sony. As for Microsoft they said that 720 won’t be Backwards Compatible but the Xbox Mini will. The Xbox Mini is an Apple TV rip off that allow people to play older Xbox games if used in conjunction with the 720. The catch is it doesn’t come with Xbox 720 as it’s sold separately. So my choices are emulators, the cloud, or extra peripheral – all of which I’m sure will cost me extra money… You know, I fully suppose the industry part of the Video Game Industry, but this is too far. In which they left me no choice but to take the follow actions:
Buy all multiplatform games for the Wii U because Nintendo is still Backwards Compatible (because Nintendo’s cool like that)
Liquidate my entire ‘2005 to now’ non-Nintendo library of games to the nearest Game Stop (save my personal favs)
And keep doing this for every next gen system change
I love the industry, but I won’t be a slave to it. If my games won’t play in the future, they’ll be put towards future games. I’ve loss a little respect for the Industry now, but it didn’t have to be this way. If they only thought of the gamers first, and kept backwards compatibility in there systems – as it should be.