Four years into the latest generation of consoles and the drums of war still sound out loud. Check any gaming forum and somewhere in the midst, there’s a question that divides even the greatest of friends. A inquiry so complex that even the most intelligent men and women shy away from giving their own opinions.
Which console is better…the PS3, the Xbox 360, or the Wii?
Despite the best attempts at peer mediation, flame wars ensue and battle lines are drawn. Disparagement, anguish, jealousy, and passion fuel the conflagrations as many are devoured in anger’s wake. But there are those that always survive…those who point and ridicule…those that make claims even more ludicrous than many heard on the battlefield.
These people are the neutralists. The people who puff out their chest and say there’s no console war. They mock those with biased opinions and proudly state they own all 3 consoles as if this makes them better than the rest.
But does it really make them smarter…or none too wiser?
While more extreme fans suffer from moments of complete madness, we cannot blame fanboyism for the racial remarks, sexual harassment, or just plain blind hate. These things have no place in any conversation and should never be excused. However, throughout human history, one thing continues to prevail: human nature. The need to align one’s self or believe in a cause is one of several things essential to human kind. We have our specific religions. We pick our favorite sporting teams. We pick our favorite candidate or political party. So then why is supporting one particular electronic device above its counterparts stupid?
More so, why during these hard economic times do people so readily devalue debating the worthiness of expensive gaming consoles? Yeah, they say they’ve heard all the arguments over and over again. The Xbox 360 breaks down. The PS3 online infrastructure is weak. The Wii is just for casual gamers. But are they really listening? Of course not. They bought all three consoles so there’s no need to squabble about such trivial matters.
Really? They bought an Xbox 360 which is guaranteed to break on them at least twice rendering the need to buy a new one to salvage their Gamerscores. Then to make matters worse, these neutralists bought a PS3 which pretty much plays the same games except for a few exclusives a year. Oh wait…to further establish themselves as gaming royalty, they bought a Wii which they probably play once every six months. Basically what they mean to say is that the quality of products does not matter when you have everything.
That’s right fanboys. Go ahead and laugh. Let them waste their money and do not ever ask them to go car shopping with you. All this time, you have been trying to educate those who need it the most but pride is a false step that leads to brief ascension. No need to rub it in. After all, it’s just human nature.
Instead…turn the tables. Ask them what their religion is. Ask them which sport’s team is their favorite. Dare even to ask them what their political affiliation is. If they don’t get the hint, tell them to buy you all three consoles so that you can be a neutralist too. Beware…results may vary.