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Feb 14, 2013
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We’ve been stuck in the seventh generation of gaming for such a long time that it’s starting to feel like dog years. The Xbox 360 came out all the way back in 2005, the PS3 and Wii caught up the year after, and we’ve probably burned through one or two systems while waiting for the next model to drop. It’s been a good run, but with the Wii U’s release and Sony’s big announcement this February 20 most probably about the PlayStation 4 (we’re betting on it), we’re finally moving on.

What does the future hold? We massage our crystal balls to find out.

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1. It’s the end of Call of Duty! Capt. Price dies!

Well, not really. Though the monster franchise survived developer Infinity Ward’s self-destruction at the end of 2010both Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops 2 did pretty wellthings aren’t perfect in FPS land. EA’s shuttering of Medal of Honor shows that there’s no such thing as too big to fail, and if the next COD doesn’t do anything to quiet the growing discontentment with the series, then the end of this gravy train might just be in sight.

2. Oculus Rift will make you sell your TV!

It’s tough to augment realityit wasn’t really better with Kinect, and PlayStation Move left us pretty rooted to the spot. Next in line to try is Oculus LLC and their virtual reality head-mounted display, Oculus Rift. Aside from its badass name, its also got major backers in gaming luminaries such as John Carmack and Gabe Newell of Doom and Valve fame, respectively. Tech demos look convincing so far, but remember how 3D gaming was supposed to be the shit, too? But really, you have got to check out those tech demos!

3. Indie games will become insufferable!

Just like plucky indie films that upstage Hollywood flicks with bazillion dollar budgets, independently produced games have been critic’s darlings this generation. Many people point to these as signs of a healthy industry, but like how Michael Cera won’t stop playing the same damn character every time, how many quirky 2D sidescrollers can you take before you long for something with actual graphics? If more indie games try to look like Hawken or Journey though, we’ll stop complaining.

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