No, this is not an exaggeration \u2013 like when overenthusiastic parents tell us to reach for the skies, knowing full well our inability to fly. I mean that companies seem to have this new obsession for creating \u201cmultimedia centres\u201d rather than video game consoles \u2013 and the two are \u201csomewhat\u201d mutually exclusive. They salivate rabidly as they unreel almost fanatical manifestos about \u201cowning the living room\u201d. Companies no longer divert all (or at least the lion\u2019s share) of their attention to the gaming aspect of consoles. One is not na\u00efve enough to think that if you utilise so-and-so hardware in developing the multimedia features of a console, then in an axially corresponding fashion, graphics become deprived. Rather, one is referring to the more intangible resources poured into the creation of games and consoles \u2013 time, refinement, creativity and the like. Also, when I say \u201cone\u201d, I mean myself \u2013 just in case the queen is reading, I\u2019d like to make her feel welcome. I began gaming on the Commodore 64, before my limbs could rival its joystick for length. Not that this makes me a better person but testing is on-going as to the verification of that suspicion. Maybe this is why I expect huge graphical and artistic leaps between generations of games. My journey went C64-SNES-PSone-PS2-Xbox360-PS3-Xbox360 (I fell on my head and made some funny decisions between my two Xbox stints). The improvements between those generations of consoles were, generally, exponential. And I\u2019m aware of the law of diminishing returns \u2013 the leaps in earlier stages of development will always be greater \u2013 however, I can\u2019t help but feel disappointed in the latest generation of consoles. We we\u2019re promised roided-up, vascular juggernauts but instead got vitamin-popping natural bodybuilders. I thought I was the only one who felt this way until I heard a few people voicing the same opinion. I can\u2019t help but wonder whether we\u2019d have ended up with far more graphically and artistically titillating experiences on the Xbox One and PS4, had all of their creators\u2019 time and concentration been diverted to just the development of gaming. For the first time in my life, I didn\u2019t upgrade to the new generation of consoles as soon as I possibly could. I have experienced both the PS4 and Xbox One and, in terms of the games, both have left me underwhelmed. Like returning to a normal pizza after trying one with a hotdog stuffed in its crust. \u2019Murica! Yeah! (Sorry, Americans). Sure, I can command my Xbox to switch on, set myself on my sofa and feel like Thor commanding an army of Asgardians \u2013 but then what? My illusions of grandeur will come quickly crashing down when I realise I\u2019m only playing a \u201cslightly better Xbox360\u201d. I don\u2019t see the use of cramming my console with the ability to become a mobile cinema\/gig rig\/guitar amplifier\/Transformers film set. I watch Netflix on my laptop, listen to music through my sound system and avoid bad action films by the power of my good judgement. I know this article will split opinions. Some will disagree with me strongly and, if I\u2019m lucky, maybe I\u2019ll get death threats. But I can\u2019t be the only one who wants a games console that\u2019s a master of its trade and a jack of none? I might just go back to PC gaming. Bye, everyone. Bye, Queen.