That's the word that I think of when I look at the gaming scene nowadays, and I'm not saying that to be a holier-than-thou hipster douchebag, I mean this generation of gaming has come way out of left field and I just find myself laughing uproariously as simmer in the slow-and-steady 7th generation.
I thought Sega making games for Nintendo was surreal, but Nintendo losing in the console race altogether? Granted, they weren't exactly winning from the 5th gen onwards, but at least they had the strong games in terms of the N64 and Gamecube and the initial sales explosion with the Wii, but now they've just hit a drought in their crops and are desperately trying anything to at least perform to snuff with Microhard and Sonny! They boot out a half-thought console with no games, a handheld with much of the same problems and then a handheld hardware revision that removes its title feature?! I don't even know anymore!
Meanwhile, Microsoft are faring, oddly enough, the greatest in software! A claim that they only held previously with Halo: Combat Evolved on their original DirectX Box, and even then the subsequent exclusive titles were spread sparsely through the run of the console, with Sony picking up their slack with an onslaught of fantastic new IP's in Sly Cooper, Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter, The Ico Saga - the list is veritable! In the 7th gen, they copied this trend at a more conservative rate with Uncharted, Resistance, Heavenly Sword, The Last of Us, etc. Beating out Microsoft in terms of new original games and drawing their fans to their side slowly, but surely over the course of the noughties to the early new tens; this gave them a great advantage in customer size when it came to the PS4's launch, causing the hardware to soar off shelves at a manic rate, leaving only a few here and there picking up an Xbox One, which wasn't helped any by their original radical privacy protocols regarding game sharing and personal information. (Still not helped in that Kinect is still always on!)
Fortunately though, as stated above, their software has gotten a significant leg up in terms of experimentation compared to Sony. Microsoft has a greatly detailed Roman beat-em-up with simplistic gameplay and satisfying gore! Sony's got a sloppy platformer with a Katamari gimmick that fails to be everything it could. Microsoft has a first-person parkour shooter with mech suits! (Granted, it'll be coming to PC also, but they're both Microsoft products, so it still counts.) Sony has yet another Killzone. (Not that that's a bad thing, but... come on.) And finally, the thing that I saw as coming completely out of left field - Microsoft has managed to create a Team Fortress 2 competitor... for kids!
I was very pleasantly surprised with PopCap's first real console experience in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. A title that, at first glance, would appear to be a ridiculous, almost satirical CoD clone with slapped together gameplay and free-to-play bullshit. (At least that's what came to my mind when I first saw the banner ads.) However, they managed to compile a well-balanced, funny, kid-friendly third-person team shooter that manages to utilize its source material fantastically and even manages to contribute more to it in ways that make sense! I found myself watching the gameplay and being hearkened back to the days of ridiculous Ratchet & Clank weapons, Super Mario Sunshine colours and Worms: Armageddon levels of silly anarchy!
I hope Sony and Nintendo can pull up their socks in time, as I'd hate to see them go so quickly into the race. I haven't mentioned my great anticipation in The Order: 1889, InFamous: Second Son, as well as Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze and even multiplatform titles such as Watch_Dogs. (MAH BABY)
Even so, who knows what the future will hold? We'll just have to grind it out...