I was bored and had an afternoon to burn so I spent a few hours... in the console wars forum. Having made a few posts, dodging a few bullets, and laughing my head off at how people can't type I quickly realized that something was terribly wrong. All of the arguments made are reinforced and based off of one thing: unit sales. "Oh! The Wii is winning cause it is selling most of all!" "The PS3 is totally beating the XBOX cause it is selling the most since the beginning of the year!" blah blah blah.
In my opinion, the only thing that can be confirmed from sales is where the crowd is going and who is following who. Little Jimmy thinks the PS3 is the best because he played two games at his friends house, so he whines to his parents until they buy him in one. Then he, thinking the PS3 is great, goes on the forums and screams at everyone who says otherwise. The same could be said about Little Timmy. I have played both, both are great systems, both have advantages and disadvantages but I am buying the 360 soley because it has games I want to play and I have friends who have it. I'll bet money the people who have actually sat down and played both consoles wouldn't be all over the System Wars forum.
And now for my next point. What do we want out of this? Good games! That is all! THAT IS IT! The gamers want good games to play, who cares if their home console is selling the most? That everyone is buying Madden, so they'll buy it too. In the System Wars the quality of the games out for that console should be the major fighting point, not the units sold. I don't care if the Wii or the PS3 outsells the 360, as long as they keep their game quality up. To compare systems people should be getting the average scores of the top 20 games on each console, not going off of sales figures.
Of course, if we were to do that the 360 would come out on top, but it did have a one year head start. Its highest rated games did not come out until its second year (with the exception of Oblivion) so the Playstation still has time to catch up as it always takes developers awhile to unlock the system.
In short, the only thing sales figures show is where the crowd is going. In my eyes, the winning system is the one with the best games and I think people should adobt this outlook.