I went to my nearest big city to scope out the second hand scene. I sometimes find some great retro games for my collection on my quest. Anyway, I went to a pawn shop to hunt for bargains. I heard wild rumors of a second hand Wii U for $100. While trying to run in and not look like a deranged fan I was casually flipping through games. And while doing so and minding my own business, a complete stranger struck up a conversation with me.
He was a older guy, maybe in his early to mid 40s. He looked like a worker. He had some salt in his pepper hair. A deep tan and a big smile on his face. He immediately told me about his latest purchase. Xbox One! He told me about how he can watch TV and play games at the same time. He told me about how great the games look. He told me how he can look up things while playing games and how its such a great purchase. He was even proud of the voice commands and didn't mind paying the $499 price at all. He didn't have to sell me on the product. I think it has a great future and that when it gets the exclusives I want I'll be there too.
After about 5 minutes of excited conversation and some game suggestions I quietly excused myself from the conversation. I finally tracked down that rumored $100 Wii U, which was a lie. After quietly taking stock of what was there I decided to move on. After passing him again I shook his hand and told him congratulations on his purchase. He gave me a huge smile and said thank you.
Its pretty funny. After visiting here on sites like these you get desensitized towards things like seeing a guy smile and be happy with their console. He didn't have some guy laughing in his face about how PS4 is better. He didn't have someone talking about which games is or isn't on the system. Or about how its selling. Just a guy with their system and discovering the new features that brought a smile to his face and joy so powerful that he decided to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger about it. It brings me hope that this console war business isn't as bad as people on the internet want you to believe. Either way that guys excitement and smile is something that made me smile. And I hope that he enjoys his Xbox One for a long time.