The Flood of Video Games: A Games as a Service Future?

Video game quality and quantity are at an all time high, but how long can this period last, and how can gamers possibly keep up with the rapid, non-stop releases? Microtransactions and Loot crates may come and go, but changing to an online only future for access to playing AAA Video Games may not be as far away as you think.


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17 thoughts on “The Flood of Video Games: A Games as a Service Future?”

  1. My current backlog, just a fraction of it anyways…

    Uncharted The Lost Legacy
    Ratchet and Clank PS4
    Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 Remix
    Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter
    Steins Gate
    Steins Gate 0
    Psycho-Pass Mandatory Happiness
    Mirrors Edge Catalyst
    Final Fantasy 15
    Final Fantasy 10
    Final Fantasy 10-2
    Final Fantasy 7/Remake
    Gears of War 4
    Halo Wars 2 Story DLC/Awakening the Nightmare
    Assassins Creed Origins
    Ty the Tasmanian Tiger
    Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2
    XenoSaga 2
    XenoSaga 3
    God of War 1-3
    Jak and Daxter 1-3
    Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy
    Splatoon 2
    Metroid Prime 1-3
    Doom 2016
    Tomb Raider XB1
    Rise of the Tomb Raider
    Pikmin 1-3
    Pokemon HG and SS
    Pokemon FR and LG
    Pokemon US and UM
    Far Cry Primal
    Conkers Bad Fur Day
    Banjo Kazooie
    Banjo Tooie
    Every Donkey Kong Country Game
    Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic
    Every Dragon Age Game
    Transformers Fall of Cybertron
    Assassins Creed 2
    Assassins Creed Brotherhood
    Assassins Creed Revelations
    Spec Ops the Line
    Every Batman Arkham Game
    Fallout 3
    Fallout New Vegas
    Dishonoured 1 and 2
    Horizon Zero Dawn
    The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
    The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask 3DS
    Life is Strange
    Life is Strange Before the Storm
    Secret of Mana Remake
    Bayonetta 1 and 2
    Nier Automata
    The Last Guardian
    Super Mario 3D World
    Borderlands the Handsome Jack Collection
    Bioshock Collection
    Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Exporers of Sky
    Dark Souls 1-3
    Wolfenstein 1 and 2
    Watchdogs 2
    Monster Hunter Worlds
    Super Lucky's Tale
    Fire Emblem Warriors
    Darksiders 1 and 2
    Hyrule Warriors
    The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD
    The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD
    The Order 1886
    The Walking Dead Season 3
    The Walking Dead Michonne
    Murdered Soul Suspect
    A Hat in Time
    Every Danganronpa Game
    Root Letter
    Rocket League
    The World Ends With You
    Payday 2
    YS VIII Lacrimosa of Dana
    The Mummy Demastered
    Shovel Knight
    Snake Pass
    Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2
    Cave Story
    Ori and the Blind Forest
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps
    F-Zero GX
    Baten Kaitos
    Skies of Arcadia
    Chrono Trigger
    Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars
    Paper Mario Thousand Year Door

    This is just a bloody FRACTION!

    You are totally right with there being waaay too many games to keep up with…
    Let alone the titles i am interested in, not yet released

    The Last of Us 2
    Detroit Become Human
    Far Cry 5
    Days Gone
    A Way Out
    Sea of Thieves
    Kirby Star Allies
    Pokemon Switch
    Metroid Prime 4
    and countless others…

  2. My video game collection is 300+ at the moment and I’d say I’ve completed less than a 1/3 of them. I’m constantly buying games and yes I want to play them all but I just don’t have the time and when I do I wanna play a AAA title, which pushes the lesser known games to the back burner.

  3. I know exactly what you mean. I have a switch, xbox and a ps4. I counted my backlog of xbox games and it was 22! I was too depressed to count the PS4 ones. I also have a ton of digital ones. There's only so many hours in a week. Doesn't help there are many games that take 40-60 hours to complete, like Persona 5, ugh.

  4. I am ok with games going digital or as a service (begrudgingly) because we’ll always have amazing Retro. And my backlog from Wii to NES is still unable to ever play em all. Even new gen doesn’t help but I’m growing more and more disgusted with new gen but then switch pulls me back in lmao

  5. Take a look into achievement completion rates – there are more people who play a game but don't finish it than people who do (sometimes less than 10%), but as with technology, marketers key on FOMO to motivate people to buy. "Don't buy this now and you'll be hard pressed to find it". But if you do buy it, are you buying it to finish it? Evidence would say that there isn't a large group of people who do this. I know there are many in our community that buy everything because they have to have it, but that's not the norm.

    To me, if I rush to get through everything, then when we hit those lulls in releases (like the first year of a new console generation), I won't have anything to play at that point. What I"m trying to say is I don't think that the frequency of releases is too much. 2017 was a great year with a ton of amazing games, but the years prior didn't appear to be quite as populated. Maybe we should compare the prior generations and their 4th or 5th year on the market to see what the release schedules look like – I would estimate that there isn't much of a difference, we're just seeing a different marketing engine (and social media presence) in 2017 and on, giving the perception that there's more games that "everyone should be playing".

  6. This is why we all have the mentality of 'Everything needs to come to Nintendo Switch'. We all have these crazy backlogs, it would be much easier to tackle them if we could have our backlogged games portable and could fit them around our daily lives much easier…

  7. That's dope that bring up (time) bro!!! Man work , fatherhood, husband. Takes time out my day so I try to squeeze 2 to 4 hours of games a day and thats do to only staying up to 2am and sleepin til 6 am for work

  8. Very insightful Jeff, In my opinion I believe as tech. gets better Virtual Reality will allow a ton of great games to be rebooted so players can play as their favorite character. I know I would love to be Kratos in a VR reboot of God of War.

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