Pretty ominous article title, isn’t it? Well, truth be told, the whole experience of buying a PS3 was nowhere near as ominous. In fact it was rather pleasant!
What is the point of the Console Wars? As a consumer, there is no real reason to vehemently support one side, except to maybe display a touch of brand loyalty. Is it really so wrong to appreciate both consoles for what they provide instead of choosing a console and despising the other? This Romeo & Juliet situation has got pretty old now, yet still it continues…
You may or may not remember my article The PlayStation 3 – Should I buy one? way back yonder, most likely the latter, but it’s taken little over 7 months for me to finally cave in and satisfy the immoral urges that I discussed in those mildly controversial paragraphs. Some folk treat the people who own the rival to their console with disdain, often attempting to pour scorn over their console’s shortcomings and debating rather inane topics for little more than keyboard warrior bragging rights. Now I just think: Why bother? What’s the point in telling other people about how great a decision you made when you purchased your console instead of the other one? Why not just bridge the divide and enjoy the best of both worlds?
A recent and relevant example of one console providing a more favourable gaming experience than another could present you with Assassin’s Creed 3 and the extra 60 minutes of exclusive gameplay that PS3 users get which Xbox 360 owners do not. On the other hand there’s Skyrim and the exclusivity deal which Microsoft struck with Bethesda in order to get some of the DLC ahead of the PS3. Had you invested in both consoles then you wouldn’t ever experience the gaming fuelled rage that this console war is creating. There is really no need to have this stubborn and bitchy mentality overshadowing what is an amazing time to be playing video games. We are being showered with AAA titles left, right and centre so why not make the most of the excellent hardware too?
Anywho, rant over. I now have a 500gb Slim PS3, a Wii and I will shortly be upgrading my Xbox 360 Slim into a beautiful limited edition Halo 4 console! Whoever said consoles couldn’t co-exist was clearly chatting balls. I’m over the moon with the gaming variety that I have available at my fingertips and I honestly can’t wait to plough through the old PS3 classics in order to play the games that I’ve missed out on for so long.
The moral of this mish-mash story is: Console elitism can fuck right off.
P.S. My Gamertag and PSN ID are both now TheRenegadeLobe so feel free to add me on whichever console you’ve got!