There's no doubt that the experiences we're having right now on PS3 are more creative, interesting and experimental than ever.
But there are some things that will never change. Conventions that are so hardwired into gaming, that to lose them would require rethinking the world as we know it.
Whether it's the mute hero that everyone gets on with, or the fact that once you get past the 21st century, the entire heroic spectrum sports the same stern hair cut - these are the things so commonplace, so inescapable, that they form the foundations of games as we know them.
THE DEAD MEAT
Most overused in: Infamous, Call Of Duty, Brutal Legend, Killzone 2, Resident Evil series.
Are you the only man on the team that can't perform a mission-vital role such as explosives or medical care? Has no one mentioned your second name? Have you, at any point, said something like "this is my last mission" or spoken of a loving fiancÚ/family/pet iguana?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then stop whatever you're doing and get the hell out of there. You couldn't be any deader than if you were wearing a red shirt in Star Trek and next on the list for an away mission. It's nothing personal but a sudden senseless loss of life always spices up a flagging second act. If you've made no real impact by that point, don't worry about how you're getting home.