Console War! Sony and Microsoft are battered by the ruthless onslaught of the Nintendo Wii. There are exclusives on all sides. Fanboys are everywhere!
So even the most non-partisan gamer has a favorite console. I hate the console wars, but I prefer my PS3 to all others. Why do you guys like your console?
I started off with an NES, way back in the day, when blowing into a cartridge to get it to work was a universal remedy across America. Mario and Zelda and lots of really hard games that were poorly made upon relflection, but still give me pangs of nostalgia, were all I had. And I loved it.
Then the SNES came along. And with it, my heart met its other half. I loved the colorful graphics and fantasic games. Tons of RPGs!!!!! So many great memories come my SNES years. After this, Sega, in my mind, never stood a chance.
I did have a Genesis, but only 3 games and 2 of them were Sonic. I rented everything else for it. It was fun, just not my cup of tea.
Then…the world turned upside down. The Playstation came out and the Nintendo 64 was not looking as hot as it used to. More expensive games, less space and NO Final Fantasy. I finally chose another system as my primary console. Sorry, Nintendo, but Final Fantasy is too strong a pull for me.
I still loved my N64, but I had fewer games for it than for my PS1. And when the PS2 and Xbox and Gamecube all came out, I was torn. I saw nothing I wanted on the Xbox, so I quickly eliminated that from contention. The Gamecube was missing Final Fantasy again and Mario and Zelda were far off in the future. So Sony won again for me. Grand Theft Auto III, Twisted Metal Black and tons of other games cemented my love for Sony’s second console. I got a Gamecube as a second console and enjoyed it, but it was never first for me. I did buy a used Xbox last year and finally played the 6 or so games I wanted to play, like Halo and Kotor and Fable. Some great games, but not enough for me to make it first.
So we come to this generation and I was torn. Once again, I decided against Microsoft. There were a lot more great games this time around, but still missing the ones I love. The Wii was looking good and the hype for Super Smash Bros Brawl almost won me over, then I realized I don’t like hitting “A” over and over and praying for a win, so I went with the PS3. Little Big Planet, Final Fantasy (this was in March, so it was still Sony exclusive) Ratchet and Clank and God of War were what I wanted.
See, what everyone forgets with these fanboy antics is that it is the games that matter. I don’t hate the Xbox. I simply saw only about 6 or so games I really wanted to play for it. With the PS2, I saw a lot more that I liked. Now though, with less exclusives than ever, that is less of a factor, but it still matters. So at the end of the day, online community, better graphics, free online, PSP connectivity, Netflix, wireless internet…all of this fades away at the end of the generation. All you will remember is the games. So stop worrying about if other people like your console and ask yourself why you like it. I love my PS3 and my DS. Why? Because they have the games I most want to play. No other reason. Games make or break a system. So thats why I love my favorite consoles. Why do you?