As I write this, my finger hovers over the "place order" button on Amazon . . . a click away from spending $400 on yet another game console—a PlayStation 4. That's on top of the $500 I spent last year on the new Xbox One. How much have I spent on games in the past two years? Maybe $1,500 total? I have no idea. It's hard to swallow when on a budget, but the City Paper pays me to do this, right? What I want to argue is, no matter how trivial video games seem, they're worth every damn penny. Admittedly, my uptick in spending is an anomaly. Home console gaming is in an awkward transition, as one generation of games is slowly, painfully phased out over multiple years for more graphics-heavy successors. Games have never looked so realistic, felt so cinematic, and included so many online players. The last time this happened was in 2005. Ten years later, Sony (PlayStation) and Microsoft (Xbox) are flexing as hard as they can to capture a majority of the market.
Justin Sirois is the author of "So Say the Waiters" and "Falcons on the Floor."
He lives in Baltimore and loves games.