Season 17, Episode 10

Gaming trends come and go. We’ve been around it long enough to see things come, go, and come back again. It’s history, as is everything really, and it repeats itself. Even with gaming.

Back when the Wii released it suddenly became motion control EVERYTHING. The Wii was massive for Nintendo and the other companies thought they could grab a bit of that gravy train as well. None of it lasted.

There was the Left 4 Dead formula. There’s the PUBG one too, that’s been copied and revamped numerous times in the form of Fortnite and Apex and likely countless others along with modes of games that borrow from some aspect or another of the style. There’s the 4v1 gameplay that started with Evolve (I think) and now sits firmly in the horror movie icon gaming genre now.

I don’t know when these things will die off or become obsolete or evolve themselves, but a time will come when that happens, and I don’t think it’ll be too far into the future. Within our lifetimes, easily. Either something will come to replace them or the novelty will wear off or, perhaps, the target demographic will…move out of the target demographic. And the next group won’t be there to replace them. Who knows?

Such is life.

The best part is, if you like the trend, something is there for you and if you can’t stand it, there’s something there for you too.

What there isn’ a new Splinter Cell game. Ubisoft…it has been 3,492 days since a new Splinter Cell game (non-animated series or guest spot in another game franchise, remake, BBC radio drama, or VR exclusive) was released.

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