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How We Ruined Gaming

For many people, gaming is a hobby they dedicate a lot of time and money to, but also something they do to relax and have fun with. However, it's been impossible to avoid the fact that many people, myself included, have got caught up in defense of their console of choice due to the level of nonsense that comes from both sides of the fence (Wii fans get a by on this, they're mostly harmless and are laughing at the rest of us). It seems this gen, mostly due to the fact the internet exists, leads to verbal diarrhea of monumental proportions. Ridiculous statements like "PS3 is doomed" and "XBox 360 has a 54.2% failure rate" not only permeate but dominate.

Now, don't get me wrong, this gen has seen many great games, both new favourites and returns of old classics, but that hasn't stopped a huge force sweeping through sites like this one and that force is "defence force". Sony Defence Force, XBox Defence Force, whatever. As soon as something negative is said about their console or something positive is said about the other, alarm bells ring and they fire into action!


Now, I'm probably not saying anything we don't already know, but I'd like to make a few points that kind of sum up where we went wrong this gen. Maybe a bigger deal just isn't made of them.

1. Sales

Sales have been the bane of this generation. Before this gen, I can never remember sales every being used as bullet points in defence of games or consoles. Games and systems seem to be judged on thier sales more than anything.

The only people who should be worrying about sales are the companies and share holders, to everyone else is just be, at most, a midly interesting distraction and nothing more. Somehow though, no matter what point is being made, sales will inevitably rear their head as if to both validate a point and win an argument.

How many of us remember the Mega Drive/Genesis?

Apparently not many people and it flopped, because the console sold less than 30m units worldwide between its Japanese launch in 1988 until Sega stopped support in 1997 . Yet, no one looks unfavourably on the Mega Drive, in fact, it stands as one of the most loved consoles of all times.

Sales have come to reflect "quality" and that's wrong, because sales rarely do reflect quality. Look at the sales of some games to negate any point about quality, my go-to example is 'Shadow of the Colossus'. A stunning game that stands out as one of the key titles of the PlayStation 2... sold less than 1 million copies worldwide, even after its acclaim, but that's another story for another time.

2. The Internet

The internet is a great tool. Anyone can have a blog and a voice but, the bad side of that, anyone can spout whatever garbage they want and many people will refer to blogs, who probably have as little journalistic experience as I have (and definitely less research ability), as gospel truth, as long as the point the blog is making reflects whatever truth they believe, but will just as quickly proclaim the blog written by hypocritical fanboys the second they write something negative about their console of choice.

Sensationalism, rumours and "question marks" have also become a big problem.

Words like "megaton" and "doomed" are used far too often and often describe absolutely mundane things. These words have lost all meaning. As soon as "megaton" is used, you prepare yourself for something like a new map pack or some screenshots. "Megaton" would be Gears of War 3 as a PlayStation 3 exclusive or Sony create a new studio to release games for XBox 360.

These lead nicely onto my next point. Rumours can stem from something as simple as "someone from [insert company] said", even if the blogger in question has never spoken to someone from that company. Bloggers know that rumours become twisted to fact and it draws hits to their sites.  How many "MGS4 is definitely coming to XBox 360" or "Mass Effect on PS3 confirmed" articles are there which turn out to be nothing but lies? A lot. Doesn't matter how outlandish it is, the blogger can always backtrack later and claim "it was just a rumour lol".

I find it odd I can have nice discussions about games "IRL" but when it comes to the internet it becomes a joke trying to have anything by flaming, trolling and name calling.

3. Multiplatform graphics

When you have to take a magnifying glass to a game to count pixels, I can't help but feel you've missed the point. You don't play games with a magnifying glass held to the screen and you're a liar if you can tell native resolutions just by looking at a game.

It becomes even more ridiculous when people pick the most ridiculously awful games as proof of superiority.

Believe it or not, there were multiplatform games many moons ago. The 16-Bit era is a shining example, multiplatform games then were never really compared side by side in terms of graphics (Mortal Kombat being a notable exception, not the rule). In fact, apart from that, I think the only other time I read about a game being compared was Turtles Tournament Fighters and it wasn't about graphics or anything as petty, it was about one version having more characters than the other.

In the 16-Bit era, maybe people were too busy playing games with their friends instead of arguing on the internet about games they're never going to play.

4. You

Yes, you.

All of you.

Myself included.

We allowed this to happen, rather than accept games, we became caught up in some imaginary pissing contest with each other over nothing. We don't let anything slide, we have to get our jabs in for no other reason than we can. Lines were drawn over the most petty things and you know the worst thing?

This is how every generation of consoles will play out from now on. Gaming has been lost as a fun hobby and become serious business, as far as the internet goes. We lost gaming to people don't want their console to be successful, they want the other consoles to fail. They don't care if they get good games, they only care that the other console doesn't get any. They don't care about games, they care about review scores and sales and the company line.

I'm well aware this blog won't change anything, but, maybe someday we'll have gaming back instead of what we have now.

Gue15139d ago

OWWWW you almost make me cry with this blog but what can we do?

I don't know if you were too young to remember but things have been always like this... Sales have been always a factor since the Nes vs Sega, the same as the comparison with games between consoles. It is just that now we have internet and we can see all these flame wars unfold before our eyes. Maybe you been always a PlayStation fan and these consoles have been always the undisputed winner so why wasting time arguing? But when you're an Xbox or Nintendo fanboy nothing have changed. Ever.

You don't know how many battles I have fought in school when I was younger saying that the Sega was the poor's man Nintendo and that sales proved that the Super Nes was the superior machine. Comparing the Power Ranger tittles on consoles or the Ninja Turtle games (Hyper Stone of Heist vs Lost in Time), Mortal Kombat, Sonic vs Mario or how few games the Genesis had compared to the Super Nes, etc. These were epic times and the PS3 vs Xbox360 is what resembles the most those old times. Why? Because both of them are very close in overall performance from a sales stand point to software, just like Nintendo vs Sega back in the day and everybody have an opinion about how things will turn out. It is so unpredictable that everything could happen. Not like PSX and PS2 were both were the undisputed winners. There never was a way to argue about anything.

The only way to combat this is by ignoring it. I don't ignore it because that's the nature of this site. No matter how much you try to make things equal nothing will change. You just have to enjoy it or ignore it. There's no other way.

The only thing that have changed is that I now am a Sony fanboy instead of a Nintentard because Nintendo greatly disappointed me with the Wii. I have this nickname because of my roots with the company but I hate it with a passion. Not literally hate I'm just talking figuratively(just a clarification).

Cold 20005138d ago (Edited 5138d ago )

Good blog. But I disagree with you.

I think if u think this whole fanboy war has ruined gaming for you its maybe because you're taking too seriously.

All the fanboy stupidity that happens on N4G has absolutely 0 impact on how much I enjoy gaming. I play games for my personal entertainment, I dont care if Fanboy X or fanboy Y thinks the game or system that Im playing on is crap. I really cant care less at all.

How can some fanboy war on the net have an impact on your enjoyment of videogaming ?

I mean does somebody like Saaking have so much influence on you ?

I just dont take to heart the fanboy wars and game on.

Im not saying that it isnt annoying, especially on N4G its simply out of control, but it doesnt affect how much I enjoy videogaming.

Just dont give a damn what people think and its all good.

PirateThom5138d ago

Funny enough, I don't actually care that much, I think my point mostly circles around the internet anyway. How many people discuss sales or graphics of games in real life? I don't think I have ever once brought up game resolutions or anything so banal in my life in conversation, it's entirely an internet based phenomenon.

dktxx25139d ago

How does any of that ruin gaming? if you don't like it, just click the small x on the upper-right corner of your screen. ta-da problem solved.

drdistracto7075139d ago

that could work, but what if he has a mac? then it would be the left hand corner...

No FanS Land5139d ago

ho no! I'm "doomed" to read all news without bieng able to disable the windows!!!!

pixelsword5139d ago (Edited 5139d ago )

"Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me".

I am the one that buys games like Lair or Too Human and will play them irregardless of reviews and fanboy flaming.

I am the one who will ignore game sales or Proft margins in the long run because they do not directly correlate to the quality nor enjoyment of any game.

I am the one who will look beyond what a "hardcore" game is and will pick-up a game that is all QTE or motion-controlled heavy because of one thing:

The adventure of gaining a new experience.

When people to that, things like "sucky controls", "load times", "graphical differences" will all become just names.

And as you know, names will never hurt me.

Saaking5139d ago

Very good blog. In my opinion, Microsoft are the ones truly ruining gaming with all their filthy tactic and turning this whole thing into arguments about sales. MS were the ones that started with "Attach Ratios" and "PS3 hemorrhaging at retail." They're the ones that turned E3 and other conferences into flashy shows instead of Games. They're the ones that stuck with last gen DVD and held back this generation. MS is ruining gaming, not Sony, and not Nintendo, just MS. Disagree if you will, but this is the truth.

NineteenSeventyNine5139d ago (Edited 5139d ago )

Shouldn't you be at the Gap with your Mom searching for back to school clothes? When does Junior High start up again?

Yeah, Microsoft are really ruining this gen with their excellent online service and plethora of fantastic games.

You're one of, if not the most ignorant users on this site and you need to crawl back underneath whatever bridge you came from.

TheBand1t5139d ago (Edited 5139d ago )

I concur with 1979. It doesn't take a fool to see that the competition has led to an exceptionally great generation of console gaming.

You really think MS would care about HDMI cables or console reliability if the PS3 wasn't there? Or that the PSN would be anywhere near as good as it is if it wasn't for XBL?

NineteenSeventyNine5139d ago

@ Joker

PS3: 13 AAA Games
Xbox 360: 21 AAA Games

The 360 also has 40+ more games rated over 80% or higher than the PS3.

Wow, you look really stupid right now. Have a nice day. =D

Light Yagami5139d ago

Saaking is the dumbest troll in N4G. He is the perfect example why the bubble system is flawed.

Halo3 MLG Pro5139d ago

Thank you for providing with Pirate's blog with an example Saaking.

danthaman155139d ago

Sakking you are STILL caught in the fanboy mind and are trying to play the blame game! Is there any hope for you? I know your bubbles may have given you an ego boost but it doesn't mean your opinion is fact. God, I just...I've given up on ever trying to understand your mind. Ignored.

soxfan20055139d ago (Edited 5139d ago )

Yeah, Saaking is definitely the most delusional fanboy who is still allowed to post in the gamer zone, followed closely by "flatulentghost". I don't know why - he's not even a gamer - all he does is talk trash about 360.

This site gets worse and worse every day. Look at todays Xbox 360 articles - the open zone comments outnumber the gamer zone comments because of morons like Saaking, Peter North, and all the other multi-account idiots. And to think, there are some who say that Xbox 360 fanboys are worse than PS3 fanboys.

I wish that some of the more level-headed PS3 supporters here would attempt to shut down the morons by talking some sense into them - they make ALL PS3 fans look bad.

EDIT @ below: I know, I know - but, I can dream, can't I?

TheBand1t5139d ago

How on earth do you talk sense into a brick wall?

No FanS Land5139d ago

You've caught in the same way like saaking.

you base videogame experience and performance with metacritic?

cause I'm sure you took those numbers from there.

Read pixelsword's comment: you'll realise then.

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jrturner01125139d ago

Saaking, did you read the blog? According to it, the irreverent whining like yours is "ruining" gaming.