Agreed for the most part.In some ways gaming is better now than it's ever been.
Emphasis on the "some ways", I love old school gaming as much as the next guy but video games are such a technological thing and as technology advances the more tools game makers have at their disposal the better.
Let's look at Sekiro for example, is that not what the 2D Shinobis and Ninja Gaidens of yesteryear were trying to be, but couldn't? Does Sekiro not capture the basic idea of "you're a ninja" better than any other game has to this point?
For another From example I tried going back and playing King's Field: The Ancient City on PS2 and while it was interesting it was also so blatantly inferior to Dark Souls, it really drove the point home how much games had advanced from 2001 to 2011.
Last year there was that PS4 Spider-Man game, which after playing I actually went back and revisited the PS1 Spider-man game I had so many fond memories of and well.... no amount of nostalgia could hide what a quantum leap the PS4 game was over it.
There's been a narrative for a very long time that at some point video games lost their mojo and started to suck, for some it was the transition from arcades to consoles, for others it was the transition from 2D to 3D and for others it was the start of the PS3, 360, Wii era.
There are up and downs, trends that come and go and sometimes a cool trend gets left behind, I can empathize with that mentality, but I also think at the end of the day it's just people's nostalgia talking, there's good games and bad games in any era and as time goes on slowly but surely things get better overall.
Gamers tend to be some incredibly cynical mother fuckers and I just don't agree with that or understand it, all you're doing is robbing yourself of fun if you're going to be such a stick in the mud that you can't appreciate new games.
I think the PS3/360/Wii era was one of those weird and awkward transition periods that was sort of a low point for video gaming and started a lot of bad trends that we're still trying to iron out the kinks of, even in the later part of the Eighth Generation of video gaming, but I think we're correcting course and once Woke Culture dies out fully, I think the Ninth Generation of Games will be a very cool and interesting time for video games in both Japan and the West.
That being said, the Seventh and Eighth generations both had a lot of masterpieces that stand out such as Fallout 3, MK9, Mafia II, Fallout: New Vegas, Skyrim, Final Fantasy XV, Saints Row 2, and so on.
The remake of Resident Evil 2 is probably my favorite game of this entire console generation and is tied with New Vegas for my favorite game of the decade. The RE2 Remake along with the N. Sane Trilogy for Crash Bandicoot and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy means you can remake the classics and still be true to the spirit of the games while being innovative in the technical sense, which makes me hopeful for the Final Fantasy VII remake and I'm also cautiously optimistic about Cyberpunk 2077.
As a huge World of Darkness fan, I would be more hopeful for the upcoming Bloodlines 2, but the current regime in charge of that IP is too woke for their own good and the new 5th Edition of the Vampire tabletop game that Bloodlines 2 is based on is easily the worst version of the game. Maybe if Bloodlines 2 bombs badly enough and the new Werewolf 5th Edition flops (V5's core rules sold like hotcakes thanks to pre-orders and a lot of empty hype) then Paradox might sell the old White Wolf IP to a company that can actually do it right, but I digress.
Don't get me wrong, I love the Fifth and Sixth Generations of console gaming more than any other era of video gaming.
The PS1 and PS2 were both major parts of my childhood, but there's a lot of potential with the new technology and I am cautiously optimistic about a new renaissance in video games in the 2020's.