I’ve always thought of myself as a mainstream gamer. I don’t mean that I’m the demographic picture of your typical gamer — 42 years-old, with a mortgage, 2 kids, a heart condition and a job in marketing might not be, exactly, prototypical — I mean that when it comes to my gaming predilections, I trend toward the stock-standard AAA titles.
I’m not entirely sure when that stopped being true, but now taking stock of the situation I have to admit that it probably hasn’t been true for a while.
On a whim I reviewed my Steam purchase history for 2014 to see what all has come into my greedy, gaming hands. Having done so, I have three thoughts. Allow me to convey them to you in the traditional language of middle-aged-corporate-lackeys across the world: bulletpoints.
* Oh, that’s where all my money went.
* I remember playing, like, half of these games.
* Where are the big releases for 2014?
Be glad I didn’t make a PowerPoint deck. I was sorely tempted.
If I go back to ten short years ago and look at the most popular games of that year, it’s basically a who’s-who of games Sean played that year. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — played it. Half-Life 2 — duh. Halo 2 — start to finish, baby. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater — didn’t love it, but hell yeah it was in the mix. World Of Warcraft — seriously, do I even need to say anything? Knights of the Old Republic II, Far Cry, Burnout 3, NFL2K5, Fable, Chronicles of Riddick, and on and on.
Setting aside the fact that it’s only just occurring to me that 2004 can make a damn fine argument as being a great year in gaming, at 32 years-old I was still deeply in the thick of the gaming zeitgeist. Now, even the few higher-profile games I managed to buy barely made a dent into my gaming time for the year.