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Chime in: Do you miss the 'simple' days of gaming?

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Video games have evolved a lot over recent decades, growing from niche beginnings to one of the biggest industries in entertainment. With growth not only for the industry but the technology behind it, games are now more advanced than ever. But do you ever look back and miss the "simpler" days?

While games are shifting in scale and potential, many have lost their simplicity. Back in the day, you could buy a game, insert the disc and jump straight into the full experience. Today, between installation times, updates and downloadable content, there's a lot more to consider when choosing the best games for you.

A similar discussion recently surfaced on the Windows Central forums, when one of our older members, PAC757, shared his thoughts on the current state of console gaming.

OK so I'm probably one of the older people on all the Mobile Nations sites so I need some advice from some experienced gamers please. My wife was bugging me to buy a new game system which we haven't owned since the original Atari back in 1981-82 (its OK go ahead and laugh now :) we do own a Wii but it got boring fast. I was about to buy an Xbox One X or S until I realized that game systems are...

PAC757

But we want to hear from you. What do you think of the current state of console gaming? Do you miss the "simple" days of previous generations? Make sure to jump into the forum thread linked below to share your thoughts on the topic.

From the forums: Need some advice / help please

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.