I thought long and hard about even posting this. As it is quite a useless attempt to make people actually open their eyes. The platform wars has always been sad part of the gaming community.
I belong to one of those older gamers that has been gamer for over 30 years. So in my time I encountered the many brands to go under and come to birth. Also in my time have heard a countless times from people that a platform is doomed. Often this is not backed with more than undeserved and misdirected loyalty to a brand.
I think it is human nature to pick up a flag and wave it around and start drawing invisible lines. It is one those times we could see our similarities instead of their differences. In the end we all play games and sometimes we even play the same games. But instead of banding together and talk about the game. We talk about how much better it runs on your own system.
The platform wars in my life did not start until the Commodore 64 arrived. In those days, we did not speak of FPS or resolution. It was all about how many colors a system had. I was the odd one, as true born PC gamer. As system most people thought never would be a part of gaming system.
All people thought it was last nail in the coffin for the other platforms when the Nintendo 8 bit arrived in Sweden. The amount colors and new type of controller that was not a joystick. We kids drew new lines in the sands and argued which system was greatest for gaming. I had a Nintendo but just to be a troll I backed my PC harder as gaming platform just get the other kids riled up.My arguments are the same argument PC gamers today tout the horn with..PC was even back then a highly modular system. But the difference was that it costed 6-8 times more.
Then Commodore the great computer gaming system changed the platform wars and everything was up side down again. Atari was also a system but was more expensive than the Commodore system. This was machine people used for graphic work, those ones that could not afford a expensive Apple System.
So now in to gaming platforms wars came Amiga 500. The amount of colors was mind-blowing. I had a friend that tried to convince us other kids that the Amiga 500 was used for special effects in the Terminator movie. Which we other kids without internet could not prove him wrong(Internet did not yet exist for general public). Just like today, people came up with lies to defend their platform and loyalty to their brands are even stronger then some kids.
Most people should be grown up by now, but we still have minority of adults that is outspoken that will come up with wishes and lies to defend their brand in the battle of gaming platforms. I could go on take every change in the gaming world and how that has changed the platform wars.
So why was this trip down the memory lane made ?
If you take Commodore, Nintendo, Sega and IBM PC, replace those brands with PC, Playstation, Xbone and NIntendo. We have same arguments. If we take bits and colors and exchange it to FPS and Resolution.
Well that just prove that we gamers have not changed for 30 years. We still argue about specs and brands. Which is kinda sad in the end. I am excused, I was a kid when I argued with people, if you are so called grown up.
Whats your excuse ?