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Are the Console Wars Good for the Industry?

Is EA's Peter Moore right about the console wars being a good thing? Is an analyst right about Destiny being 2014's biggest-selling game? What kind of game is Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinksi about to announce? The world's #1 Xbox podcast discusses.

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SpiralTear724d ago

Yes, they are. Can you honestly say that the PS3 would've risen up the ranks from its terrible launch if the 360 wasn't kicking its butt in consumer reception, forcing Sony to stop being arrogant and fix that thing up with better games and a price drop?

hkgamer724d ago

not because of competition or anything. i think its good because it creates brand loyalty. the fans will then be advertisers for you.

mikeslemonade724d ago

Since everyone is saying yes..

What if their was more of a need to buy all systems? Now aside from core gamers like myself, most people feel need to buy more than one current gen console.

The_Hero724d ago

It's not.
The Hater Trolls and Idiotic fanboys are the pest of the gaming industry.

aiBreeze724d ago (Edited 724d ago )

See I disagree and think it's the exact opposite, the competition is the good thing as we the gamers directly benefit from it. On the other hand, the brand loyalty is what can potentially ruin things.. Microsoft banked heavily on the Xbox brand to make the initial Xbox One vision a success, it's thanks to the competition that the Xbox One is what it is today.

Brand loyalty is also ruining games not just the consoles. Look at games like Madden, Fifa etc, EA aren't even bothering to make an effort to actually make their sports games desirable simply because they know from brand/sport loyalty, millions will come out and buy their new one. They could literally make no changes to Fifa 15 other than update the rosters, kits etc and it would still be one of the highest selling games of the year.

Boody-Bandit724d ago (Edited 724d ago )

It's really hard to take nearly any site seriously discussing this topic regardless of their content or conclusions.

I do my best to steer clear of the fanboy nonsense and have no brand loyality. I go where the games are, period, full stop. Brutally honest and without bias.

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thehitman724d ago

I could easily say that if there was no 360 that the PS3 wouldve had a much better head start as developers could have focused on 1 system and the user base would have been much larger at the start. The PS3 was a good console, aside from its unique and at that time difficult to utilize architecture, from launch it was just expensive in a bad economy with competition that had a year head start.

Now being a gamer since SNES, I can say the PS2 era was the best because almost everyone I knew had 1 console which was a PS2. I could go to any friend house and they had 1. Could borrow games not worrying about platform or take my controller over to a friend house to play with them. Gaming just felt more united now it seems separated and not as enjoyable sometimes. I believe variety is good in the gaming industry but competition is not as great for the community.

ShinMaster723d ago

Every console in history has price drops.

Sony was working on good PS3 games already. What, did you think they had all those studios just sitting there doing nothing until they realized 360 was doing well? LOL

kenshiro100723d ago (Edited 723d ago )

I'm a playstation fan but I won't hesitate to point out their flaws. There's nothing wrong with being a fan as long as you're not blindly saying 'yes' to every decision a company makes.

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NextLevel724d ago (Edited 724d ago )

Yes.

People just like pretend they're not and play the victim card when their preferred system is behind. Either way I'll drag them kicking and screaming through this entire generation, I'm smart enough to remember last gen and how things would be if the situation was reversed.

Karma and Evolution isn't always pretty.

PSNintyGamer724d ago (Edited 724d ago )

This, I've seen instances in both the Hand-Held and Home Console Market.

mmc-007724d ago

can't agree more, to bad you lost all you bubbles. you always make clear points that actually make sens, seems like a certain fanban base can't take reality (and still xbot's think this site is ruled by sony fanboy's lol..)

DLConspiracy724d ago

It's good for these corporations to duke it out and I don't mind pitting them against each other.

The difference is, that you are holding possible innocent new and friendly bystanders (gamers) accountable for other peoples PAST bad karma. Dragging them "kicking and screaming" through the community mud for revenge. Karma that they were not responsible for. Thus creating even more bad karma for yourself and the community.

I don't have any pitchforks or torches in my closet. Perhaps we could try and be better examples.

Metallox724d ago

This thing of the console wars exists since the days of the 16-bit era. Today the video game industry is one of the biggest in the world, back in those days it wasn't that huge. So, in part, I'd say yes, console wars are good for the industry.

hkgamer724d ago

no. console wars pretty much started since consoles existed.

Kivespussi723d ago

Doesn't matter when it started it's idiotic anyway. Just makes us gamers look bad.

Rimgal724d ago

Short answer: No

Long answer: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooo.

This BS fanboyism and obsession about who is number one is why everyone looks at gaming as a child's pastime. It doesn't matter who sells more. You think that means that the console that sells more gives people more enjoyment? All it means is that they sold more. That's it.

GeofferyPeterson724d ago

More than one company equals competition. Its not about fanboys. IMP fanboys make it a more diverse atmosphere which is good for everyone.

MultiConsoleGamer724d ago (Edited 724d ago )

@Grumpy. Very well said. Bubble Up.

@GeofferyPeterson. Wrong. Fanboys only buy one console. While impartial gamers buy several. Console wars are terrible for the industry. They limit it's growth and hinder the expansion of the industry beyond the playground.

Console wars are not only bad for the industry they also hurt gaming as an artform. Companies and websites that stoke the fires of the console wars are morally reprehensible and they are damaging the industry.

I could also make this whole argument about how websites that feed the console wars are essentially picking on children. They're picking playground fights with kids. Although the average gamer demographic is much older than it was 20 years ago, the industry still skews young. "Sales age" nonsense and fanboy click bait articles have a detrimental effect on the young market and I utterly hate it. The people behind this stuff are human garbage.

salmon_slapped724d ago

It depends on the way you look at it. The war also drives competition and that by far is the best thing for the industry. The problem lies with the fans when they take it serious and it gets out of control.

So good for business and enjoyment (when people actually play the games on their consoles), but sadly fanboys tend to take it to far with personal attacks and threats.

Godmars290724d ago

No. There is no "competition" other than cross-platform accessibility which more than often results in buggy games.

No_Limit724d ago (Edited 724d ago )

It is only good for the companies that are involve as a war lead to better competition, lower prices, more games, and better innovations.

If you are talking about armchair fanbois, then this console war is just plain silly. I say, it is all about the games and services that you like and not about the brand. Heck, I love Coca Cola and always choose it over Pepsi but that doesn't mean I'll have to stick with Mr. Pibb as I preferred Dr. Pepper. Same analogy can be apply to console as I prefer Sony over Nintendo but I like Mario Kart over LBP Karting and etc..

Console is a platform to play games and the way I see it, it doesn't matter that if you are in love with a company or hate a rival one, if the games that you want to play is only available on a single console, just get it and enjoy them all. I told myself I would never buy a Wii U but I have never based in on spec or little to no third party games, it is that there wasn't any good games that interested me at early stage of the Wii U cycle. Eventually, I bought it to play Mario Kart 8 and have a platform to play future AAA games like Zelda that I can't play anywhere else. To hate another platform because of blind loyalty to a single company and hate on others is just plain wrong. If you limit yourself to a single console, you're cheating yourself.

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