Alright N4G, let's all take a quick step back from the front lines of confrontation, and a side step to view the big picture.
As many of you remember, at the beginning of this console generation, whether you were a Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo Fanboy, as we awaited the new consoles, and thereafter, the smack talk, blind loyalties, and gamers cannibalizing ourselves hit a fever pitch. As time went on, N4G kind of became one of the central 'battle grounds' for such things.
Now we all know that as humans, a provocative article title can be intriguing. We all know that a provocative post in a thread can be tantalizing. And we all know that just about everyone at the least has moments when they are certain beyond certain that they are correct, in spite of the fact that they are mistaken.
Take all of those circumstances, mix them together, add a new and upcoming console generation, and what do we get? The same atmosphere as before, reaching new heights of absurdity since it stands on the proverbial shoulders of the one before it.
I personally realized this a while back, but even so, lately, I continually find myself at odds with people intent on talking bad about Nintendo. This in spite of the fact that I own a PS3, and a 360, in addition to my Nintendo products. And I've 'defended' each of them here at N4G when I see the cannibalism thing going on. I just love games.
But at my core, I admit that I'm a bit of a Nintendo fanboy. I mean I have a Pokemon avatar, and wear it proudly ya know?
The Wii U is at the center of this latest controversy in large because of three major things that most everything else stems from as far as I see it:
1. Some gamers are EXTREMELY frustrated with Nintendo, and are at or near their breaking point with the company due to choices that fly in the face of what these gamers want.
2. Some gamers believe that Nintendo can do no wrong, and like their counterpart fanboys of other consoles, 'preach the gospel' every chance they get.
3. Some gamers just hate Nintendo and/or are so loyal to another company that they cannot believe that Nintendo can do any right. Nor do they want them too.
Think about it. This is the opening salvo. When Sony or MS announce their next respective consoles, the intensity will ratchet up - and that intensity is already too high. Don't you think?
When people view gaming in a poor light, it is in general because lack of respect for the medium, and a negative attitude about gamers. Because of the extent to which the above shenanigans go on, even developers and publishers are irritated with N4G type gamers.
I consider myself a gamer because I not only own hundreds of games, and most consoles ever created, I play all kinds of games. I don't even watch T.V. much at all anymore. If my T.V. is on, it's to play games. And there are so many of us like that, who see gaming as a legitimate primary source of electronic entertainment. Unlike most people, we see no difference between watching 3 hours of t.v. or movies, and 3 hours of gaming.
We love talking about our favorite games and consoles, why we're excited about an upcoming game, what happened when we were on such and such part of such and such game, etc.
And yet for some reason, our love of talking bad about games and consoles that aren't our favorites, talking bad about people who are excited about games that we are not excited about, and being dismissive and inflammatory toward others who want to talk about the things that they like sometimes trumps our love.
Do we really want another, even bigger console generation of b.s. 'wars', and 'alliances', making other gamers miserable, and attempting to 'sink' games that we personally don't want? Again, I go back to the cannibalism analogy. Just because my foot isn't a hand, doesn't mean that my foot isn't important. It doesn't mean that I don't need it. It doesn't mean that whatever happens to my foot will not in some way affect my hand.
There will always be SOME element of the negative things I spoke of here at N4G. There will always be times when even if we try not to involve ourselves in such things, we'll slip up. But we have a chance here near the beginning of this next generation to nip a lot of this in the bud, and be civil.
I know, I know. The next generation doesn't start until (insert favorite company here) releases their new console... ;P