Stop The Hate- Console Wars
Why is there such a split in the community of gaming? Why do so many try to force others to hate on one system and love another? At times, it gets tiring, looking up a game review, watching YouTube videos and seeing the comments of people trashing each other, such as which system is better, which games adults should not be playing, which system has better graphics. Such arguments even happen outside of the online community, I have seen it happen and it has even happened to me, a situation that did not turn out so well, I was shocked that a person was being so hateful towards me for enjoying a game and console they did not approve of. What ever happened to just playing games for fun? Does it really matter if someone else enjoys playing a game that is not rated M? Or a game that has cheesy graphics? Isn’t the point of videos game to Have fun?
So here I was, with a few family members and my brothers friend, this was a person I have never met before, we were all camping, taking time away from daily life, relaxing and enjoying ourselves. Video games were not brought up in any conversation for several days. Then one night at the camp fire, my cousin and I were talking about the Legend of Zelda series, him and I were both big fans of the series and he had not yet gotten a chance to play Breath of the Wild for the WiiU/Nintendo Switch, so I was talking to him about the game and out of nowhere, my brothers friend told me to shut up, he then told me Nintendo sucks, they have lame graphics and make games for kids. I simply told him I enjoy Nintendo games and so does my cousin, he continued to trash Nintendo and refused to let me talk anymore about it, he said X-Box is the best console out there, they make good games and had far better graphics, so I told him to go get a PC, since most PS4 and X-Box One games end up on PC and you can play on higher HD settings with no frames per second loss, the argument continued for quite some time, he simply hates Nintendo and thinks X-Box is the best. Things eventually ended up getting physical and I am ashamed of myself, I completely lost control of myself and beat him up over games, fighting over graphics, consoles and games, how ridiculous is that?
I have enjoyed all systems over the years, PlayStation, Nintendo, Sega, X-box, Handhelds, Mobile, PC and more, as of right now, I am mainly a PC and Nintendo Gamer, I have yet to consider getting a PS4 or X-box One, most games can be bought for PC and what I cannot get on PC, I get for my Nintendo system, I do not have hate towards those who enjoy systems and games that I do not own, why should I care? The purpose of videos games is to compete with others, challenge yourself, play with friends and family and maybe play a game for the Storyline, there are so many reason to play videos games, in my opinion, the most important one is to have fun, should graphics really determine which system you get? No.
First party games are really what should determine which console a person purchases, graphics is obviously a bonus, however, if a person’s main argument to me is graphics, I just ask them why they are not playing PC games? I generally do not get a response after that. PC will always win in the graphics competition, which is why I am always so puzzled with why so many gamers are fighting over graphics, when all 3 systems are garbage, compared to a PC, it feels like a pointless war between each other, it should not matter what game people like playing, as long as they find it fun. Graphics will never determine whether I will enjoy a game, at one time, many of us use to play 8-bit graphic games and enjoy it, so why can’t we now?
Technology has come a long way, graphics keep getting better each year, but let’s not forget, we all use to enjoy what is now considered bad, graphics in a way, have ruined the gaming industry, a lot of companies spend more time on graphics then anything else, which then results in us getting an incomplete, over priced game, that generally have very little playability, aside from multiplayer online mode, which in a lot of cases, is pretty dull. Preordering has also played a role with effecting the quality of games, seeing as companies already know how many people are purchasing the game on average, which then allows them to bundle the rest of the content into DLC. We should all be focused on what is fun, not how good it looks.
Hopefully this console war between some gamers will end someday, it is ridiculous to attack each other over video games, I have shamefully gotten stuck in such arguments, though, I was generally defending myself against others, something that no person should have to do. All companies have their flaws, none is better than the other, it all comes down to your preference, what you enjoy, but let others have their enjoyment as well. We should all get along and respect each other for the games we enjoy, whether it is cartoonish, realistic looking, gory, childish, rated M or E, the point is for us to enjoy what we are doing.
All systems have something unique about them, lets appreciate the competition because without it, Nintendo, PlayStation and Microsoft would have no reason to improve their console systems. Competition is needed with any company.
How do you feel about all the hate that goes around over Console systems? Have you ended up getting stuck in a messy situation as I have over liking a specific game?