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What Makes A Good Game Platform?

Alexander Brandon @ Gamasutra: "Today I realized that a lot of people I've been talking to about the difference in the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii are elitist. That's right, I'm saying elitist and I'm damn proud to shout that from the mountaintops. Let's examine the reasoning....

In my conversations with these people, their statement is usually the same: "The Wii is two Gamecubes duct taped together". Whereas the PS3 is a triumph of modern engineering. The Xbox 360 is somewhere in between.

However I recall a situation not too unlike our current one. In 1977 the Bally Astrocade and Atari 2600 were released. The Astrocade had much more capabilities than the Atari. Better graphics, better sound. Even the Intellivision, released two years later, couldn't compare. The only unit that had any competitive edge was the Colecovision, and that would be released in 1972, five years later, nearly a full cycle afterwards. But man, I wanted one.

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LordMarius2936d ago

if it has SONY stamp on it

-MD-2936d ago

That's a good way to make it not sell.

Shadow Man2936d ago (Edited 2936d ago )

Play Station is awesome.

LordMarius2936d ago

lol and thats why you bought one?

Xbots giving in to SONY since 2006

RockmanII72936d ago

I can think of a lot of good systems that don't have SONY stamped on it.

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qface642936d ago (Edited 2936d ago )

basically good games if you have good games that people will enjoy you have yourself a good console

LordMarius2936d ago

I agree, as long as most of those games are exclusive
A console that relies to much on multiplatform titles is not worth having IMO

GWAVE2936d ago

I don't think "good games" is enough.

"Good games that do something different" is more like it. It isn't enough to just copy the competition and hope that the public doesn't notice. You have to innovate.

La Chance2936d ago (Edited 2936d ago )

Which console are you talking about when you say "something different" cuz the 360 and the PS3 pretty much have the same kind of games.

Forza on Xbox, GT on PS3. Gears or Halo on 360, Resistance and Killzone on PS3 etc etc.

Only a few games do something "different". I can only think of LBP on PS3 and ME or Viva Pinata back in the day on 360.

SupaPlaya2936d ago (Edited 2936d ago )

I think he meant in general, not any specific console.

To me a good console is console with games that suit my personal taste. Which means a good console's definition will vary by a lot. Some people love games like Shadow of the Colossus, I love games like FFVI and DQ6, you may like games like Gears of War and Bioshock.

There are some minimal requirement but aside from that, there is no set rule. Otherwise it's like saying what makes good music?

HDgamer2936d ago (Edited 2936d ago )

PS3 and 360 are not the same, they do not have the same games except when it comes to multiplatforms.

Headshot812936d ago

Exclusives, Graphics,& Hardware. If you can check all those you have a great console. I know graphics aren't everything, but if you spend hundreds of dollars on a next gen console, the games better look Bad ASS!
"we're at a stage where most players don't care about 1080p"

... maybe if you don't want the game to look it's best, sure have the devs crawl back into your comfort zone. It's all about pushing technology to its limits. When you have a great game that nails everything from gameplay,presentation, sound, animations, and then you find out that it will run at 1080p, you know G O W 3 is going to own!!!!!!!!!

IdleLeeSiuLung2936d ago (Edited 2936d ago )

I agree with the article that PS3 owners tend to be elitists similar to Apple users (or it is a very select few vocal ones). They praise the hardware like no tomorrow and hype everything into oblivion.

In the end, the only thing that matters is software, software and more software. The Wii without Wii Sports or Mario wouldn't be what it is today. The Xbox without Halo and ahem Gears of War wouldn't be what it is today. The Playstation without Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid wouldn't be what it is today.

Ironically, this generation it doesn't seem software is pushing consoles....

el zorro2936d ago

It all comes down to the all-important software and services that a console offers. I prefer the 360 because I think it has the best software and services.

ShabzS2936d ago

good games for sure yes ... all the 3 consoles have good games in the eyes of the beholder ...

but HARDWARE RELIABILTY plays a MAJOR role in making a good platform

Syronicus2935d ago

Pretty much sums it up for me.

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Sonyslave32936d ago

it all about fun and that where i think wii shine the most at.

Jaces2936d ago

Wii....fun?

Perhaps to a 7 year old. I don't think it's so much the games that give a platform a reason to own, but the experience you get out of that game.

I chose PS3 due to the incredible variety and different feel that a lot of their games hold. While on the 360 all I can find is FPS's, RPG's, and the once in awhile Fable's.

I for one am not impressed with FPS's as much as I used to be due to the overcrowded genre and RPG's aren't what they used to be with few gems here and there.

That's just my two cents, as bias as it sounds I'm still getting a 360 for a couple gems I can't get on the PS3. :)

qface642936d ago (Edited 2936d ago )

i have allot of fun with my wii what does that make me?

i chose the wii for those franchises i enjoy as well as those good 3rd party games
the wii has allot of games of all types i enjoy playing allot

Jaces2936d ago

There are only so many games you can play on the wii that would entertain a 22 year old.

Mario Galaxy
Smash Bros.
Metroid
Zelda

I know I'm missing one or two but those right there aren't enough to keep me entertained for as long as the other consoles out in the world. Most of what the Wii offers is mere child's play and most multiplats that come to the Wii like Dead Space end up being so dumbed down and edited that it turns around to be a complete failure.

qface642936d ago (Edited 2936d ago )

age has nothing to do with the games
i enjoy playing animal crossing as much as i enjoy smash or no more heroes

it just has to do with taste and if you like the games or not

you don't like many of the games on the wii that doesn't mean you have to be a certain age to enjoy what the wii offers

Jaces2936d ago

True, but the wii "appeals" to those younger which means they'll develop more games for the younger audience rather than focus on everyone.

Yet for most of the games I see a lot of them don't require taste...just a different age group.

They have some great hardcore games but not enough to keep my interest after I'm done with them.

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TheColbertinator2936d ago (Edited 2936d ago )

Unique original games with new ideas in existing genres.Sega and Nintendo had this concept nailed down a decade ago.

Reliability is also a big one.My N64 and Sega Saturn are still running fine