Will, Jam and myself have all recently been fighting the bit in defence of our console of choice for Stuff TV. Jam advocated the Wii as being the most fun and interesting of the current consoles, Will covered the PS3 and its potential technological wizardry and I’ve been hardselling the Xbox 360 for its ease of use online, its quality of games and clever use of downloadable content. I found myself, when listening to the others, snorting in derision. I mean really, the Wii barely qualifies as ‘next-gen’ and the PS3? Well that’s just a car crash of bad publicity and an astonishing example of a company that doesn’t learn from its own mistakes. Does the word Betamax ring any bells, Sony? Hellooo? Also here are three words you might want to absorb - integrated online service.
I don’t know what’s come over me! I’ve always maintained that consoles are not football teams. You don’t have to pick one and be loyal. You are allowed to like all three. I think I’ve been chipped away at a bit by the constant anti-Sony buzz on the internet and the various fanboys I hang out with on forums. I could only resist so long before I found myself whispering under my breath “Lair? Liar, more like” It’s ridiculous though. Gamers should be all about the games. If you can’t afford more than one console, pick the one that has the games you are attracted to most. Never mind the publicity camps and wars of words, or the sniping and snide remarks of your mates. The 360 is not the Glasgow Rangers to The PS3’s Celtic. The Wii is not for ‘yer Maw’ and the PS3 doesn’t ‘cook really nice low fat burgers’. They all rock.