The battle for the best gaming system rages on in a continuous war. This war has never been settled, and for good reason. All three systems of consoles (not including the old generations) have ups and downs to themselves. Even the PC has major pros and cons, but that goes into a whole other story.
When we first look at the three consoles, each person has their own opinion that leads to them to first think of that specific console. The question is “why?”. Why do we focus on certain consoles, and put shame to the others that have just as much potential. As a whole, the gaming community is split between their own little clichés that make them comfortable. By breaking this barrier of “comfort”, we can truly look into why we prefer certain systems.
Let’s first look at the Xbox 360 community as a whole and what they have done to make themselves comfortable. At first glance, the community of Xbox seems very nice and welcoming, until you begin to play multiplayer games. Most of the multiplayer videogames that Xbox has, involves people using very rude and harmful words and slang. Players over the forums and fan sites seem to have a more open minded spectrum, while players in game tend to be offensive and less intelligent.
After looking at the community, we can start to be hesitant about continuing down the path of Xbox. But we must prevail, so we now look at the system itself and the games it provides. The system itself is very well put together, with very powerful instruments. These instruments, like most technology, also have flaws that can render your entire system helpless (i.e. Red Ring of Death). The games created for the Xbox only have brought this community to become widely known. They have a very vast and broad selection of games that provide any type of gamer with hours and hours of entertainment, which is the entire goal of gaming.
After we look at the entire Xbox system and community, it balances itself out on terms of Pros and Cons. The major difference between the other two consoles is that the Xbox has more of a reputation around the world due to Gears of War and Halo. This makes a major difference in the long run of gaming console battles.
Next we look at the sleek and stylish Playstation 3. Over the course of its lifespan, the PS3 has had to remodel itself and become more versatile compared to the Xbox. The major issue with PS3 at this moment is their need to copy things from other consoles that have already been done and perfected, like the Wii Remote systems now being implemented. But let us now look at the community of the Playstation Network.
Although the Playstation Network is free to use, it requires a lot of DLC content to get the most out of the game. The online community over forums and fan sites tend to be very helpful and kind to each other, but very hateful towards other system communities. This is incredibly noticeable from the very get go when anyone mentions something non-PS3. The community over playing games tend to also be nicer compared to the Xbox community, but it still has drawbacks.
The system itself is also high end like the Xbox, but advanced in the retrospect of having a Blu-Ray player and more storage. It runs quieter than the old generation model Xboxes, and has a sleeker look. The games for the PS3 are very limited and even the private games just for the PS3 need some work before they become world renown.
Looking at the PS3 community and the system, we can tell that this also evens out in Pros and Cons eventually. The major difference that allows the PS3 to jump ahead is the fact of Blu-Ray capability and the ease of use. However, this can change at anytime, as we have seen at the latest E3 coverage.
Now that we have looked at the “big boys” of gaming according the gamers, let us look at the underdog. The Wii has a very friendly design and even more friendly interface that makes playing games more enjoyable than a chore. This brings a lot of old school gamers back to the gaming community, and on top of that, it creates gamers out of girls. The second part is the best, in my own personal opinion.
Looking at the Wii community, we can see that all the players have a very open minded way about themselves. They love to share tips and tricks for certain games, while making guides that are very easily understood. However, the multiplayer community is very limited due to the limited amount of games that include multiplayer. Overall, the community tends to be friendly and adorable, just like the system itself.
Now let us continue in tradition of this post, and check out the system and games that the Wii provides for us gamers. The Wii itself is more underpowered than it’s competitors, but allows for anyone of any age to use it. This universal feature is a very useful, and of course being made by Nintendo also brings publicity. The games made for the Wii are for old school type gamers, with a few exceptions of high end games like Medal of Honor and Call of Duty. Overall, the games can be limited to certain types of gamers.
One of the best features that separates the Wii from its competition is the pricing. Due to the very low price, it is the most sold unit between the three. This will always be the key to the Wii’s success in the battle for the best console.
So what makes us gamers hate other communities, rather than accept them as gamers in a whole? The simple answer: Peer Pressure. We as gamers, either have ben forced into the virtual world of gaming by the big bad real world, so we are easily influenced by our surrounding online friends. If your friend on the internet says “I hate the Xbox due to its crappy and clunky movement.”, you’re going to agree with him and it might get stuck in your head. We as gamers need to realize that all consoles and games have amazing qualities to them, and that if we band together, no other community can hurt us.
My best advice for every gamer out there is, just have fun playing your video games, and makes sure to buy and play what makes a smile appear on your face. Thanks for reading this article, and I hope I helped you decide which console you’d like to buy.