The seventh generation of home game consoles brought with it a ton of great games and experiences. But games aren’t the only thing that defined the generation; many gaming advancements occurred throughout the course of the generation and we asked the VGU staff what the best addition to gaming was. Here is what they had to say.

James Pungello

Editor in Chief

Digital distribution has become an extremely important part of the video game industry and the proliferation of DLC for console games in the seventh generation has played a big role in that. With consoles now being connected to the internet more often than not, expanding a game’s experience through things like map packs and additional story quests has become commonplace.

Broken Steel

After a game is launched, gamers can revel in the fact that the experience with the game is not completely over once they beat it. More map packs for multiplayer games help keep the landscape fresh and more single player stories expand on what was given in the main story mode. Many AAA games are supported with extra content up to a year after launch and this keeps them relevant and entertaining.

I don’t know about you, but for me the wait until the next chapter in a series that I love is excruciating. I love the idea that I can pay a little bit more and get additional content to help tide me over while I wait for the next proper installment. It also helps when games like Halo 4 are given tons of new maps to play around in and even some new game modes as time goes by. DLC on consoles has come a long way and it will continue to be an important part of gaming as we enter the eight generation.

 

Allan Muir

Senior Staff Writer

At E3 2010 Jack Tretton of Sony Computer Entertainment of America announced PlayStation Plus. It would be a paid monthly service (like Xbox Live Gold) but instead of having content restricted behind it, it did the opposite. Every month you would get at least four or five free games for PS3, PSP, and Vita. Platforms would be varied but the free games would be a constant. This would forever change content distribution in the console wars. In late 2010 – early 2011 you were able to get insane discounts on games, themes, avatars, and even get into betas just because you were a member of the program. There were even full game trials which let you play the first 60 minutes of a game before deciding whether or not to get it. If you did purchase said game, all progress you had made would stay and trophies obtained during the trial would be awarded to you.

PlayStation Plus

As I was a giant XBro at the time, I didn’t really pay any attention until Sony’s “Welcome Back” program after the infamous PlayStation outage where you were given a one month trial of PS Plus as compensation for the network being offline and your private information being stolen. With it, I was immediately wowed. I could get everything from LittleBigPlanet2 to inFamous 2 for absolutely $0. What can I say, I got an offer I couldn’t refuse. With the discounts I was able to more than break even with the amount invested in Plus. It’s now at a point where I get disappointed when I look at the XBL Game Marketplace and see the outrageous prices for extremely old titles. Every time that Steam has a sale you are instantly interested in what is on sale, the same feeling has come to consoles thanks to Sony. While PS Plus will be mandatory with the PlayStation 4, it is most certainly worth the $50.
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