How to Spot a Liar: the Green-Eyed Monster Strikes Again
“Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretense of keeping it alive. ”
― Havelock Ellis
I give both Sony and Microsoft grief and praise when I feel they need them, so it's no secret that I was very upset about Sony charging for their online, talked about the PS3 being my last console, eventually being won over only to the degree of Picking up the PS4 in the future and not on the first day like before. I also wanted to shake the "day-one blues" which is basically getting a early console and being screwed because of the low standards of quality attributed to early consoles (which is happening now), and even today criticizing Sony wanting PS4 buyers to have "patience" while they iron out the kinks on a paid service.
On the other hand about it I said was going to buy an XboX One first; making my money voice my opinion to Sony's treachery, then being increasingly critical of Microsoft's Orwellian monitoring system and oppressive DRM setup. I was relieved when they retracted a lot of what they had, but I eventually changed my mind on the console because of their overall contrast of the two consoles, plus Microsoft could never stop talking about DRM, which means they aren't done with it yet. Compounded with rumblings of the XboX line being discontinued by Microsoft's own mouth, I thought it best to wait it out for at least a year for "The One". In that time, I gave praise to Microsoft giving away Xbones, and still am in awe of Titanfall's gameplay as well as Microsoft's tidy and smart launch lineup.
So overall, I've been trying my best in keeping an equal hand in both worlds; that being said, I'm not unfamiliar with some of the things fanboys get away with in terms of purposefully sinking a game or, in this case, a console. This is basically what you'll see this gen, which carried over from last gen: a bunch of people pretending to love a console/game, just to kill it's reputation or status.
For those of you who haven't seen the first shot across Sony's bows this gen, one need not look any further than the current assault being waged by fanboys on Amazon.com's customer reviews.
Like an emerald-hued eye of Sauron, 360 and WiiU fanboys search endlessly to commit another hit and run assault from the shadows; the like the story from which the eye is referenced from, little did they know that little "So-do" was going to park their "ring" right below the ever-watchful gaze of their collective eye.
Upon hearing of people complaining about their launch PS4s DOA statue I nodded to my inner conservative about waiting a little while until earlier models cycle out of stock and production quality is optimal. I looked at the reviews on the site to get my bearings about the console's errors and there's a lot of people not happy, and rightly so; but most of them aren't verified buyers, and a number of them only have one review. The latter point alone is indicative of a person posting for the sake of posting a bad review and not someone who has an honest review based upon experience. The other thing you'll likely see posts that are fanboy-inspired is a phrase akin to or ending in
"I'm getting an xbox."
A couple of examples prove my point:
You see, there's no point in tearing a person down if you don't give a person who might have succumbed to your lies a direction to go to, making the deception complete: Just like in the garden of Eden, the serpent's lie would have had little lasting effect if he did not direct eve towards the forbidden fruit.
Now, this guy I trust because he has a verified purchase, plus multiple reviews:
or an angry review like this guy:
that's what you'll generally see with an earnest review.
Even though their PS4s were DOA and they were disappointed, they were returning it to get other PS4s, which is a rational conclusion in light of people's preferences; for example: not very many, if any, people who loved a 360 returned it after a Day-one DOA to get a PS3 (as verified by people myself or others who got more than a few 360s), so therefore I have to take all of the non-verified buyers with a grain of salt.
That's how you know the difference.
No doubt if problems happen on the Xbone's launch, there will be those out there who will attempt the same in other camps. Unlike these silent assaults, people can prepare to arm themselves with such techniques now so in the future either side will not fall for deceptive doom and gloom reports or believe people who love a lie: in turn, this will enhance your well-being going into the future about game and console purchases...irregardless of what console you desire to purchase.
Play games, not each other, and remember:
"A sound heart is the life of the flesh, but envy is the rottenness of the bones."
"A sound heart is the life of the flesh, but envy is the rottenness of the bones." -Proverbs 14:30