Pre-Marital Jitters For My PlayStation 4
I think it’s widely acknowledged that I have (and have had) a somewhat unhealthy and irrationally emotional relationship with my console. Which is fine, we all have our crosses to bear. So I think it was completely rational (for me) to have obsessively tracked the PlayStation 4 releases, particularly in America and to have read, as though the PS4 was the product of my own creative genius, every single review as the embargo was lifted.
And those reviews were not pretty. Those first few hours were dark days (they felt like days) for me. I considered taking a few days of leave (our IT department would not shut down the firm’s servers and internet for me) and then asking Telkom to disconnect my internet at home. I realised that it would be far too easy to phone Telkom back and ask them to reconnect so I started looking into spending a few days in a hut in Limpopo where I would have zero access to anything, not even cellular data. Thankfully, at this juncture I realised that I was actually losing my mind and decided that I would try rock myself in a semi fetal position in my office chair until the day was over. That day continued for well, days.
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I tried to rationalise the reviews once my anxiety levels had returned to normal. These are days of social media dominance. This was not the arena when the PS3 released. The backlash there might have been worse, but I didn’t know about it so I was left to the happy ignorance of me and my PS3.
And now here we are, so many years later and a few days before the release of the next iteration. For something that has been documented so well, I don’t know what to expect. I know that I will be excited, but what if I get too excited? I know that the PS4 is not the holy grail of consoles. I know this. But I also know that I am not entirely rational about these things.
I don’t play games like Killzone: Shadow Fall. But that is the bundle I will be getting. I don’t even know what that game is about and I can only hope there will be a horse somewhere for me to do some dressage with. And then Resogun? Will the saving grace be a PSN game? I don’t know. But I don’t think I’m going to be elated at just staring at my very shiny and pretty rhombus.
So what is a girl to do? Part of me wants to wait things out until there is a AAA title which catches my eye and just console (pun!) myself with my PS3 (with which I have been so happy) in the meantime. But I think this is why you have to take a leap of faith with some things. You have to have faith that it will be fine and that it will all work out. Because we don’t know now, we (despite all our best efforts to the contrary) don’t have all the answers and we don’t know what the landscape will look like in five years time. And the point is, we didn’t know those things either when the PS3 released and I know now in hindsight that that was the right decision for me.
Faith. And commitment. For those of us that have been Sony loyalists since the PS1. Because it has always worked out for us, if not at the release then a few years down the line. So I ask that you have faith in what the PS4 is and will be, and that you have patience. We all know the road ahead is filled with software updates, patches, DLCs and micro transactions. The world since the PS1 had changed and we adapted and the consoles adapted. And are adapting.
So have faith dear PS players, it will be alright. And enjoy this week, it’s going to be incredible and it’s going to be for us.