This isn't going to be a long post, it's not going to have flashy pictures, or diagrams. No links to outside websites, or anything to further expand my views or ideas. No, in fact, this is going to be small, like a tiny dot on a screen, when a pixel burns out. The only reason why I'm writing this, is because i was sitting here minding my own business, when, something that has been on my mind, recently suddenly exploded. Through the smoke, a manifestation of said opinion, was finally put into words. To properly translate this, I'm going to list the possible lay outs of fans, to their respective company name brand, that they so choose to support, and before I get into this, let me state that in no way am I implying that any company is above another, and it is your choice, as a gamer, to have a home you enjoy.
First, let us start with Nintendo. Though I choose Sony as my main console brand, I actually first started with a Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Mario Brothers, and, not so much related, but a Sega Game Gear with Sonic 2. Say what you will, but Nintendo was the one soul force that made gaming survive. They had help, but they were the tip of the sword, flying through the flames like a phoenix, and in it's claws it carried all the other name brands into the blue sky where fresh air filled their lungs. They always offered the best in products. Heck, my original NES still works flawlessly. Their first party games, are still AAA titles, no matter how you look at them. It carries on to this day, with the Nintendo DS and the most recent product soon to come out, 3DS. They might not have the best graphics, but their charm is still there, and will always have a place in my heart, even if I turn on my PS3 or 360 more than my Wii.
It makes sense that the fan-base of Nintendo, consists of people that have always been with Nintendo from the starting, and the younger gamers. No, this is not an insult, go Nintendo, you crazy Japanese warlords, because that is what you are! Make the games that you know you shine at. Make more Mario, more Zelda. We don't need blood and gore in our games to enjoy them. If I ever get a need for blood, I have Madworld, and I'm not sure about other people here at Gamespot, but that game is possibly one of the goriest I have ever had the pleasure of sinking my teeth into.
Next up is Sony and the Playstation. This is where I am from, this is my home. I enjoy the blu-ray player, I enjoy Killzone, Uncharted, God of War, and the over all design of all Sony Products. I like the controller, I like the PSP( GASP ) and I just feel like I belong here. Is it because I'm obsessed with the name Sony? Perhaps so, perhaps not, I don't know and honestly I don't care. The fan-base for Sony is often labeled as, "Those who follow words" What that means, is that Sony is known as the company to say their products will do one thing, but doesn't end up doing it too well. This is actually true, in a way, but I don't see it as a fault. Go ahead, call me a blind fan boy if you will, but I honestly never see an issue in the Sony Products, through a gaming perspective, hardware wise, that is different, and same with software wise. I enjoy my Monster Hunter on the PSP, just as much as I enjoy Killzone on my ps3. Though in no way am I blind to the issues.
Sure, the PS3 has bricked systems with an update, same as PSP systems have bricked randomly. They get knocked for this, but let me ask you, does the XBOX not have issues? Does the Wii not have problems? PC's godly and immune to all disease? I don't think so..but I'm not saying that the other platforms are bad for their problems. I'm just saying, everything has issues, and every company can sometimes bend the truth.
Microsoft is up now, but I'm not going to talk about Windows, that is something all on it's own. Since they don't have a handheld, yet anyway, they really only have the XBOX 360 and the Zune. Zune isn't really a gaming platform so much, so let's just stay with the 360. Now, let me get it out of the way, yes, the 360 has had major issues with the Red Ring...we get it. Everyone knows this now, and it's time to move on. The new 360 slim is upon us, and isn't it wonderful! The Red Ring (dot?) issue has been greatly addressed and fixed better then ever before attempted. The Fan-base of the 360, is often seen as the on-line crazies. That is not an insult though, it's just an observation. Let's not beat around the bush here, I can admit, the 360 on-line population is vast, and games on XBOX and PS3, see a longer life span (on-line anyways) on the 360 more times then not. Come on you crazy K/D ratio hunters, roar proudly. You are like the muscle of the gaming community. You punch each other in the face, then lick up the blood and have a long conversation about how it tasted.
You are strong willed, and often times, you get into arguments with PS3 fans, and the other way around. Not saying that PS3 fans can't be brawly as well, but it's just a known fact that more people play on-line on Xbox, simply because more Xbox's are out there, and I have seen some pretty extreme debates on-line between 360 and PS3 owners, each side having their fair share of victories. Hold on though..back up, this is where my actual opinion comes in.
For one second, stop fighting each other. Stand still, and listen to the quiet echos of the battlefield. I don't know how many will read this, or if it will actually get out into the Gamespot community, but look around. This is no longer the gaming paradise we once had. When everyone was playing the original Atari, or the first Mario, or the first Sonic. Sure, we had differences, but with out the Internet like we have now, wars didn't break out between the three giants. I browsing the Internet a few hours ago, and I got into a debate. One side was saying how the PSP2 will fail because people want to have fun, and not shiny graphics. Some people were slamming the Wii for having bad third party games, some people were slamming the 360 for having noisy online.
Wait though, what if someone has fun with shiny graphics? What if that is what Sony fans want? Don't label them as blind followers, because I can speak on my behalf, that the ability to play ps3 like graphics on a handheld is pretty spiffy! The Wii, yes, does have it's track record of having some bad games, though that is not the Wii, or Nintendo's fault. What are they going to do? Hold every ones hands and show them how to make good games? They have their own products to look after, and need to insure their own production values are high. You can kind of view Nintendo as supporting the Wii all on their own, where as PS3 and 360 has healthy supplies of third party games. The 360, like I said before, we all know now the 360 has had it's problems, but they are gone now, or at least better than before. The online community has noisy kids, and lots of swearing, but suck it up butter cup, this is war we are talking about as you storm into an enemies base in Call of Duty. Haha, just kidding, I understand that it can become annoying, but you can just as easily ignore someone, go into a game with friends, or find another game in general. A lot of people talking on-line, lots of younger gamers, and the such, is the price you pay for having such a popular network of people.
In the end, all I'm saying is, you don't need to save anyone from their own opinion, you don't need to see the things you see, you don't need to take a Sony fan and make them see the Xbox as the holy gospel. You don't need to convince Xbox fans that their system will explode while they are sleeping and that the PS3 is built like a BMW, because a BMW is a car, not a gaming system. Though I'm sure if they had a gaming system, it would suck. Kind of like the CD-i. Harhar, just joking again. As for the Wii, leave them alone, if the fans want what they have, let them enjoy it. We don't need to make the Wii into a PS3 or 360 and chuck it up full of gore filled games. On the flip side of the coin, if the particular fan base, wants something on their own home turf to change, that is different, and they should fight for it. Most importantly though, and the biggest thing that needs to be said. My home is Sony, but Microsoft, Nintendo, you are free to visit anytime you want, because in a whole, we are all the same thing...gamers, and it's the diversity that drives this big, crazy, hobby. So root for your home team, support it, but let's stop trying to destroy each other.
P.S: Ooops, maybe it did get a bit long..
P.S.S: What do you get when you eat all the potatoes? They're all gone! (ten points if you get the reference)