Last Generation we had four, with one causing the company turning from hardware to 100% software i.e Sega, now we have PS3,360 and Wii. I know the most hardcore of gamers will purchase what is available probably investing in PC also. Lets exclude PC and even handhelds for a minute, do you think three consoles causes a strain on the consumer? Me personally I usually go with two and only in exceptional circumstances will I go beyond that, (the wii was given to me by a family relative and was traded in about a year later).
Does fanboyism emerge from a insecure feeling of not having much money so you are stuck with what you have for the moment and maybe feel pissed that something else offers better software and reflects on your own personal choices, maybe the wrong decision? With people losing jobs, the banks and governments in competition to see who can fuck people up the most, a much longer generation than usual, by the time the next batch of consoles come around do you think maybe its time for some publishers to go software only and lessen the frustration for those consumers who have other financial priorities but cannot invest the cash into three systems?
Bringing a console to market costs a lot of money, do the likes of MS, Sony and Nintendo really get a lot of profit back? This thought came up because most game communities I read there are people who judge games not by the product itself but by what console its on, system wars become tedious very quickly and with a number of people having to "decide" on what platform they play on, maybe its time for a more open platform so people can play a uncharted,god of war, halo, gears or mario on the one box.
Its a pipe dream granted but one I personally would love to see, it would free up the choice for the consumer, system wars would perhaps die down, gamers can discuss games rather than gpu's and power potentials and certain game releases do not alienate a percentage of people, opening up rather like the release of a great film at the cinema rather than being targeted at a specific platforms audience.
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