Well lately I was sitting here reading reviews and things on gaming, trying to catch up a bit since I have been uninterested for the past year or so and then it was mainly pc games. So there are 2 full generations I missed, the PS1/N64 days and the PS2 and Gamecube days since I have been playing PC games trough all that time,they were good but I was a jobless kid that couldn't afford new consoles. My parents were no better off in the job department. But well now I do have a job, im about to get married and me and the missus will be able to afford some manner of luxuries ( not planning on kids anytime soon, although who really "plans" anyway? ) So I have been looking at the things on consoles I missed and what I remember and missed as a kid too on my snes days. The DS seems like a perfect fit, backwards compatible with the GBA or as I like to call it the nostalgia machine and with some cool games on its own. Except here is the problem: I love RPGs. From FFIV and then on Ive been hooked. I moved on to the PC for a good while and basically only played computer rpgs too. What frustrates me to no end is that precisely, how can loving a genre be a problem? When did it all go south? First I never owned a PS1 or an N64. But other than casual action games like Mario 64 there is little on it that interests me save Zelda games, which I always find disappointingly short. The PS1 seems like a great place for RPGs and only now I can emulate it at least but well, its not the same. Still I picked up FF8 and I was more than a little bit shocked, you seen that guy from spoonyexperiment.com review it? My thoughts exactly. I tried FF7 a while a go but I could not get pass how downright horrible it looks. I seriously think the technology was not there at the time, Final Fantasy 6 its about 10 times better looking and its 2D only. I might give it a chance later on an actual playstation and TV but I doubt it will get much better. Right now I settled on Final Fantasy 9 which still looks very bad but its tolerable, I can make up what characters and things are supposed to be at least. There are also many other classics I need to check out like Vagrant Story, Xenogears, the later Tales and Star Ocean games, etc. But I still can't believe people considered the N64 and the PS1 improvements in technology, it seems backwards to me. Now the other generation I missed. This is when the xbox came into play. I already have 2 xbox systems in my house, 1 belongs to my sister and the other to my father, both avid gamers it seems. Only whenever I touch the best the systems have to offer I instantly get a "been there done that" feeling: I played all those rpgs or very similar ones on the PC already. It seems to me that the system cashed in introducing a half arsed version of PC gaming with lousy controls. Then there is the gamecube and the PS2. The gamecube? Well there are a few games that look promising: Metroid Prime 1 and 2, Zelda games. I remember loving the original Mario RPG on the snes even if it was short and way too easy so Paper Mario looks promising too. I also see that there is a Tales game on the gamecube, and Baten Kaitos. FF Crystal Chronicles? Well at first it was a little disappointed that they were action-rpgs, I much rather play the Mana Series or Zelda Series but then I said why not? Except the Gamecube its quite old. I feel I would be wasting my money not getting a Wii just like I felt that there was no point in getting a GBA when I could just get a DS while im at it. But then I get a Wii.....to play mostly Gamecube games. Seriously any RPGs at all for the Wii? ( Zelda doesn't counts since the same thing its on the gamecube anyway ) I keep hearing about how hot the Wii is, how hard it is to find one, racks up $450-500 on any internet place you can find em ( so you pretty much have to stalk stores, luckily I know places where I can get one easily ). Yet there is still no RPGs or even Action RPGs for it yet? Come on what the hell? I was looking at the schedule for Wii games the first half of the year and there is ONE game I'd look forward too: a new FFCC. I just feel weary about investing on a Wii since for me it has about 4 games total that I might be interested in. Now the PS2 and PS3...Same situation why get a PS2 when the PS3 plays all playstation games all the way back to PS1? It would be a waste of time and money, except im still not sold on the PS3 either. So it might have the upcoming FF13....that might be good but still no warranty. I played Oblivion on the PC already, the only good thing about it was mods and those are out of the question for the PS3 anyway. Most games ive seen for the PS3 closely follow the xbox formula: dumbed down PC games I am not looking to play anyway. This flat out makes me angry, who the hell thought it was a good idea to play First Person Shooters with a damn console controller? I am used to Quake 3, to Unreal Tournament, I am used to ultra fast games that require violent movements constantly yet enough accuracy to get a head shot the size of 4 pixels on a moving target while moving yourself. So its pretty much the same story as the Wii but even worst: The PS3 costs a hell of a lot more money. And I haven't touched on the PS2 games: FF X looks promising but man, what the hell is going on with Final Fantasty X-2? Seems to be mostly all the bad things from FF8 all over. I havent even looked into 12 too much although it looks good. There is also sequels from all those other RPGs on the PS1 and beyond. So overall not bad but again, I feel like buying only a PS2 might be pointless if you can get a PS3 but then its all gone south on 3. The 360 fails so much is out of the question, not only that its more of the same as the xbox and I don't really care for that. So i am looking back at all this and im thinking that I should just use my DS but then again I am seeing an ancient problem I loathe coming back: Japanese only releases. This robbed my childhood of one of the best RPGs ever and my personal favorite on the series, Final Fantasy 5. Now we are waiting to see of Square has the decency to release FFIV DS in english, there is still no words o Tales of Innocence for the DS, Dragon Quests remakes are also up in the air, can Nintendo and Squennix ever give a little credit to non-japanese players? We like RPGS too you know...You already tried the waters with the GBA FF remakes and you know there is interest, why the hell wait and wait to release all this games in english or spanish or french or whatever? Im not demanding, I can play games on 2 different languages already only somebody in Japan thinks "Spanish" its only a good idea for Europe when there is a little thing called America where the majority of the entire continent speaks Spanish! This is when I thought when did it become this difficult? Was it always like this? I remember having plenty to choose from as a kid, I remember Zelda, Earthbound, Mario RPGS FF 4 and 6, Secret of Mana games, Breath of Fire games, Lufia games. Then again back then non-japanese players were robbed of ( arguably ) the bests rpgs on the SNES: Tales of Phantasia and Star Ocean. The playstation transition was to me not a smooth one, I can't get over how better its to look at the old snes games than the inexplicable acclaimed FF7 that looks as if I rub my eyes with square shaped dirt. I think that It seems like I got out of the console gaming world on a high note, and at most I can consider a PS2 to get a few good games but there is little future in gaming. I see all this modern games and im thinking that there is little hope for RPGs unless you want to play more iterations of Baldur's Gate 2 from Bioware ( all Bioware based rpgs for the new consoles are basically the same thing: scripted linear gaming that gives the ( overrated ) appearance of open ended gaming, "romance", "moral" choices that are taken out of kindergarden, disney plots of evil witches and goodie idiots... ) or worst sandboxes devoid of anything other than fancy graphics than Bethesda passes out as RPGs. The possibly good games are still trapped on Square's pointless and stupid exclusive deals on the over-priced and otherwise gameless PS3, the actually decent console, the Wii, its still trapped outside of said respectable games and still has no complex, involving, long and rewarding RPGs. The DS might get some good games....games I won't get to play unless I spend 2 or 3 years of my life learning Japanese... Can anybody make a decent RPG for a decent Console anymore? What went wrong really? When did this companies got caught up in stupid pointless wars, when did they stopped producing good games and decided to listen to their marketing department more than listening to their developers? When did it became about imitating impractical things like PCs that only boil up and burn and are handicapped on games never meant to be played on a controller? Why the hell do companies prefer to ignore the best selling and most innovative console out to honor stupid exclusivity deals and hold a 15 year old grudge about CDs instead of just making some freaking money now? Why does it takes more than a quarter of a century for chauvinistic Japanese guys to understand their games are appreciated worldwide and still develop Japanese first, other languages if we feel like it? I am beginning to think the only way to turn this around is to form a company and develop games myself.