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Old 07-07-2013, 08:00 AM   #1
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What is a console war?

When was it established that video games existed solely to support consoles - to be made and sold simply just to make the console itself more appealing or to be used as ammunition in an argument about which square, black disc-reader is better? I've never been particularly against one platform in support of another (I own a Wii U, a PS3 and an Xbox 360) and I've never really been enticed into the 'war' between consoles. This is largely because of my idea that consoles should be supporting games, rather than the other way around. Have we lost sight of that? That a console is simply just a disc-reader? There is this growing and flagrantly elitist and consumerist culture of artificial exclusivity which has created a world in which games are expected to support consoles in the same sense that a DVD somehow supports a DVD player, or to a greater extent, a work of literature supports the paper it is printed on.
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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Good things for gamers come out of console wars, though. Like the recent fiasco with Microsoft and used games. Imagine if Microsoft had the only console on the market... we'd be stuck with all of that garbage and forced to do things their way. Any time there is strong competition between two or more companies battling for a customers money, the customer usually ends up the winner.
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I'm not really someone who supports one console, since I have all of the major ones too. I never really thought about it but I guess I do support the games rather than the console. I don't mind what console it's on, as long as it's a good game.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:05 PM   #4
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For me, it's all about which console has the exclusives I like.

Not only that, it also has to do with the business practices and integrity of the company that makes the console (even though all of them are far from being without sin). In this regard, this is why the console matters, even though I agree the games themselves are more important.

Plus consoles tend to have their own strengths and weaknesses, it's a little different than choosing a brand of DVD player or paper that a book is printed on.
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While I've mostly played Nintendo consoles(they usually have the games I'm interested) I've never been one-sided when it comes to consoles, considering that my house has mostly been Playstation and Nintendo, and most recently I finally got the Xbox 360. I think all 3 major consoles have their strengths, it just depends on which strengths you find more appealing.

The only thing I don't like about console wars is that fanboys like to turn it into a technical dick-waving contest
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:45 PM   #6
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What is a console war?

A shit flinging contest.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:23 PM   #7
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A shit flinging contest.
As long as you know my shit flings at 0.02GHz faster.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:22 PM   #9
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A miserable little pile of secrets.
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A miserable little pile of secrets.
Why can't I rep this? Why??
xD

To answer the question without dying, It's the same thing with anything. People value something in what they use / like, and then they trash the shit out of the product (And sometimes even the people who use them), that doesn't have what they, individually, value. They just don't realize that other people like certain aspects of the console, and flip out over the fact that one is "better".

Like, I prefer the whip-style of Castlevania, over Symphony of the Night gameplay (Heh, Brandyn's quote), because It fits my values on game design much more, but someone else may think differently, and since both are fully playable, neither one is "better", it's just that one may appeal to you more than the other.
I usually just laugh when I see anything relating to console wars.
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