Scottsdale, AZ -Richard Milligan, a self proclaimed OG Gamer, has always used the term “next gen” to refer to any console generation until the prior console generation has been either completely discontinued from its manufacture or has displaced.
Richard Milligan received the Magnavox Odyssey as a Christmas gift from his parents in 1972. Since that Christmas, he then referred to all gaming consoles that have released in the second generation, such as the Atari 2600, as next generation. He would call the third generation the next-next generation, until, in his words, “seemed silly”. He said, “technically (the eighth generation of consoles) is the next, next, next, next, next, next, next, generation of consoles, but to simplify I say they are next gen.” He continued, “I know it goes against the grain, sorta like pronouncing a “jif”, “giph” thing, but in this instance, I’m right, accept it everyone else.” Sounds like he’s an expert on his gaming gear, that’s for sure.
The Kohlrabi showed Richard through, several, unbiased and scientific surveys, how clearly his way of labeling the video game console generations is a minority belief. There are loads of different things that have evolved when you compare it to how video game consoles have changed. The change can get confusing as well. Games like Diablo II were released in 2000, but are still played today, though the console or PC used to play the game will have changed, while the game stays the same. Is Diablo II the previous generation, even though it’s still very much prevalent in this generation, with people still invested in d2items boost? As well as this, the way gamers communicate with one another is different and people still struggle with the discord text formats. Things are always changing though and I guess we’ll just have to deal with it. Richard brushed this off as if it the data had no meaning. He didn’t care that things change. He was declarative in stating he “will never call the newest sold generation of game consoles as the current generation until a newer version of console has started to sell. “