Do We Really Need to Choose Sides? – An Open Plea to Fanboys/Girls
If there’s one thing that E3 shows us each year (or any new generation for that matter), it’s how competitive people get. I’m not talking about companies or industry figures, but the consumers themselves. There’s an odd feeling of tribal warfare that sprouts up after each and every E3. ”Sony won the battle, Microsoft will win the war!” has been something frequently shouted out across the internet in the aftermath of E3. But the last time I checked, this was not a war. I don’t recall anyone from either company commanding their consumers to attack the rival company’s fans. Remember that moment Jack Tretton mounted the PS4 and raised his longsword screaming ” DEATH TO HOUSE MICROSOFT! AMASS MY FELLOW SON’S OF SONY”? No, me neither.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to see people discussing the events of E3, but some take it a bit too far. I’ve witnessed people fall out with long-term friends purely because one chose the PS4 over the Xbox One or the other way around and so forth. I’ve seen websites, mostly humble smaller sites, suddenly decide everything Microsoft and Nintendo has ever done is awful and that we should sell our souls to Sony. I get that people will always have somewhat of an allegiance to a company in some form or other, but some people take it a bit too much to heart; it’s a company, not a tribe. All these war analogies and war of words across forums…is it really necessary?
Everyone has their own reasons for investing in the systems and company they choose to place their hard-earned cash in, but does it give someone the right to freely insult another person purely because they prefer something different? No, of course not. As much as I disagree with Microsoft’s Xbox One initial policies and general attitude during E3, it does not mean I look down on their loyal customers. I don’t plan to buy an Xbox One for a number of reasons, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy one; it’s your money, your time, and so you do as you wish with it.
While the changes Microsoft have gone through this year are a positive it does not change my choice in next generation system, and my choice also has nothing to do with brand loyalty. There seems to be a odd stigma that if a person pre-orders a system then that person is clearly a fanboy of said system. Reason goes out of the window with each new generation it seems. It’s amusing to think that even in 2013 people are still willing to hound each other purely based on how they spend their money. Every media event brings a fresh battle in the *cough* console war.
With the launch of both systems around the corner, the respective fan bases have began to nit pick, have began to snipe, looking for the tiniest thing to gloat over. While it could be seen as ‘passion’ for the industry/culture, it is slightly worrying when things turn abusive and personal attacks are thrown around.
I’m not discouraging discussion but I am discouraging this odd tribal warfare buzz that seems to be ringing in a number of people’s ears. With each new console comes a new ‘console war’, and with each new ‘war’ comes a tidal wave of those who can shout the loudest. If everyone just took the time to be less sensationalist, less abrasive and more thoughtful and willing to listen, then maybe, just maybe, the modern day video game culture could become a little more mature.
Enjoy your system, your games, and play nice.