While my girlfriend was preparing tonight's heroin, she asked me:
"Do you think if Gran Turismo 5 came out when it was supposed to come out, you'd be keener on the PS3 than the 360?"
Hmmph I thought. That's a damn good question. Possibly the best gaming question ever asked of me, and my Mrs asked.
My bittersweet relationship with the Playstation 3 began shortly after the release of Metal Gear Solid (MGS) 4. It released to much critical acclaim and fanfare, but I didn't have a PS3.
Value is important to me and I don't like wasting money, so I got to work keeping an eye on auctions on TradeMe (think ebay). In the meantime, I looked for other games to play. Heavenly Sword, Motorstorm, Haze, Resistance, this was back in mid 2008. I kept an eye on some of them too.
Anyway, eventually I had a PS3 which I paid the right money for, and MGS4. Great game, thoroughly enjoyed it. Heavenly Sword, Motorstorm, Haze, Resistance - couldn't get in to any of them. MGS had so many cutscenes I didn't consider another playthrough a fun idea at that time. The free-for-all online was dominated by trolling players attacking people on their own team just for lulz.
So now I've got this machine, and I kind of like it, I had a PS2 and PS3. I wanted a reason to hold on to it and luckily, Gran Turismo 5 had a release date of October 2008, not far away. Obviously we're in the future now so you know that it was delayed much to my dissatisfaction. What reasons were there for me to hold on to the PS3 now?
I already had a 360, but back then I pirated the games (I have been Legit since late 2009), as you might expect I didn't subscribe to LIVE then either. Back then you couldn't pirate games on PS3. PS3 I found attractive, but I couldn't justify it above the 360, she had to go. I got my money back on the hardware but not on the game.
So enough history, what's the answer to my girlfriend's question?
I think she has really hit the nail on the head here. Because GT5 never happened my experience with the PS3 was - it's a one game machine. So I continued using the 360 as my primary gaming device. No I wasn't paying for games but I was paying for accessories and earning achievements on a silver profile. Gamerscore was only about 5K. Eventually my console was banned from LIVE. What was I to do? Well, I'd just signed up for a year's worth of LIVE, I already had all the accessories, so I bought a used 360 and went legit.
Off the topic of the blog, but it's only marginally more expensive to buy and sell games legit rather than to pirate them! Not to mention the frustrations which disappear if you're legit on PC.
Perhaps if I'd been able to play GT5 before playing Forza 3 Sony might have had a chance to get me on their platform. If GT5 weren't delayed, I wouldn't have sold the PS3. Down the track, my Xbox was going to get banned anyway, and if I had both consoles then, maybe I would have just switched over? But then again, Gears is one of my favourites.
I guess I can never know the answer, but this GT5-centric sequence of events was off-putting to say the least.