You don't have to talk about loot boxes, etc, they are bad practices present in games today though. You can just agree.
Second this is not talking about games (except for Anthem breaking PS4 consoles), but the consoles of old didn't brick. So no not about games, but gaming in general.
Network Security may not have to do with games in general, but buying games online has cost people a lot of headache and possibly money.
You still have not made a single solid case for gaming to be better today than it was in the past. I can give you numerous examples of gaming today being worse, and games mostly involving shoving incomplete messes out the door, and predatory practices that really can't be denied in a lot of AAA games.
I don't hate gaming today, but it is a lot less enjoyable than it was in the past. And I do have a lot of older systems, and play on them regularly, except for my 360 which recently had a RROD, lol.
If no one is defending it then why bring then? And they have nothing to do with how good or bad games are.
The thread is about games being good or bad, and you can certainly find old consoles that failed. With time fails just change in nature, basically in almost all fields. Cars failed differently 50 years ago.
I haven't gave you no examples because you are derailing thread and making strawman. The discussion is about games today being as good as they used to be. You are discussing why gaming for you isn't as good as it used, different topic.
duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"
Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"