The past ten years of gaming has taken us to many places

The past ten years of gaming has taken us to many places

As we prepare to for the new wave of console hardware, its hard to quantify how important the Seventh Console Generation has been to the gaming community. It was long (It started in 2005! I was still in high school!) and it brought with it many new advancements in hardware, software, and really pushed forward the general philosophy of interactive entertainment. As exciting it is to think what the next generation will bring, I think it’s a worthwhile endeavor to look back on where we’ve been, and how it will ultimately shape where we may end up.

In this multi-part series, I am going to look at the games and hardware of the past 8(ish) years in the game space and offer my insight (for whatever it is worth) into the thing’s we’ve seen, the characters we’ve met, and the places we’ve been. Of course, it is impossible to cover everything… there’s simply been too much to see and do. For each of the topics I will cover, I will try to limit myself to a handful of items and a few honorable mentions. This is not a top ten list or some sort of ranking mechanism… just a selection of things that impacted me while I was gaming during this generation. Feel free to list your own ideas in the comments!

Fair warning: This will probably tend to run a little long (like most of my writing, frankly) so… pour yourself a beverage.

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