The other night I spent two hours trying to defeat Seth on Street Fighter IV. Two hours. For the uninitiated, Seth is Street Fighter IV's final boss, a Doctor Manhattan-looking lout who apparently controls time and space through a rotating ball in his tummy. Standard stuff.
It may seem unthinkable, then, to see the console war heading for a truce. Over the years social theorists have predicted that, eventually, all media content is going to flow through a single black box into our living rooms. Uncannily, Xbox One has been touted as such a device.
With under a week until the PS4's UK launch I would like to recount my top three gaming moments on each generation's console. Note, I do not mean my top three games. Rather I would like to look back and recount the specific moments that I hold so dear.
It seems we've finally arrived at the digital dream these days, with the ability to catch up with TV whenever we like on Netflix and some exciting next generation gaming consoles on the way full of new features.
Since the PS3 and Xbox 360 the entertainment value from games consoles has been increased massively by the flexibility of these machines and their adaptability, from online gaming and buying DLC packs online, to streaming movies through services such as Netflix and Iplayers and watching a host of file formats through external devices.
As we move towards Christmas and the release of the PS4 and XBO what's really important is what both companies have chosen to put in the box from day one. What I think is particularly notable is that whilst - controversially - Microsoft have opted to include the next generation Kinect camera and require it for gameplay, Sony have - also controversially - elected to not even include their camera, selling it separately instead.
Here are two mammoth companies that are going to deliver massive games consoles at the end of 2013... the Xbox and the Playstation have finally released a few details about their newest console releases, so here are some things that you may find of interest.
I've always been a fan of old consoles and I know I'm not alone in continuing to break out the PlayStation, SNES and even the Mega Drive for some old school gaming. Growing up with an older, games-mad brother I would invariably buy his old consoles from him at rock bottom prices so he could afford an upgrade
At last week's E3 conference in Los Angeles, the spotlight was shared by Microsoft and Sony as both companies finally unveiled their new consoles for the upcoming Christmas season. Much hype has surrounded the release of Microsoft's new Xbox One and Sony's new PS4, respectively, but now it's time to see how the two consoles will truly measure up against each other.
Beyond the headlines around the PS4 and Xbox One battle was a fight for the hearts and minds of younger players between Skylanders Swap Force and Disney Infinity. Particularly interesting this year was a range of new figures for Skylanders that can be mixed and matched to create custom characters both with the toys themselves and in-game.
Sure from what we've seen the PS4 is slicker, faster and packing more power, but the Xbox One demands you to feed it blood every 24 hours so it can grow and understand the Earth before it lays waste to mankind...
In an event that lasted longer than Les Misérables and featured a cast just as big, not a single woman took to the stage to talk. Instead we were treated to an endless sausage fest of Sony execs droning on and games developers talking about how 'ambitious' the work they were doing was.
The PS4 reveal in New York cannot just be about putting a disc in a box and making whiz-bangs happen in front of your couch. We need to see a pitch encompassing HD TV, tablets, the cloud, the desktop, mobile phones, Vita, motion control, the next evolution in disc-based content delivery.