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(The Return of) The Angry Leprechaun Rant: The Console War

Posted by iwx Leprechaun, 24 April 2014 · 2,223 views

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(The Return of) The Angry Leprechaun Rant: The Console War Alright kiddies, strap yourself in. The Angry Leprechaun has been dormant for too long, here is another attack at your eye balls, I suppose if you read this this out loud it's an attack on your ear holes as well, but that's not the point.

The console war, a vicious cycle. New consoles come out, people argue over which is better and cite various statistics, lather, rinse, repeat. I won't lie, I have been involved in the past of "Console War" hoopla and who won, lost, is in a rubber room in a straight jacket wearing a tin foil hat to keep the enemies from seeing his thoughts and simultaneously cooking his brain like a baked potato. Can be good fun and is ultimately futile. So why rant if ultimately I'm OK with it, you ask? Well first off, thank you for being polite and asking a good question, second don't interrupt me while I'm typing, it's rude, just let me get to the point on my own you impatient little... moving on.

Every single day, in various news outlets/sites/forums, I can't help but see a "Console X" has already won the "Console War". (Yeah, I like that, I'm putting quotes around that for the rest of the rant, because of how stupid it is. In fact, imagine me doing air quotes whenever you read it too. For fun you can do the air quotes yourself if you'd like. Go ahead, no one is watching you. Anyway...) Whenever I see this, I am overcome with a multitude of emotions, well maybe not a multitude, it's mostly just overbearing annoyance and rage.

Let's start with the fact that the 2 latest consoles have been out for just over 6 months. Their previous iterations have been around for over 7 years. You mean to tell me from 6 months of sales data, you are predicting that the white flag is waving? The fat lady is singing? Let's face it, you're an idiot. If I recall, the PS3 was off to a rocky start with it's high price tag. So you want to try telling me again that 6 months of sales figures declares a winner? Go jump off a cliff. The "Console War" isn't won with the console itself, it takes games too.

Bringing me to my next point, neither the Xbox One or PS4 is worth purchasing currently. I'm sure many are going to disagree with me here and frankly, I don't care. I have played the PS4 and I own an Xbox One currently and that is only because I won it in a costume contest on Amazon. The honest truth is neither console has games for it to be a fully justified purchase yet. I'm not saying there aren't fun games out there, there are, but not yet are there any that make me want to run out and spend a couple hundred dollars. This is why out of current gen consoles, I probably enjoy my Wii U the most, while the library is small, the quality of that library is excellent. (And I'm drooling thinking about X releasing, oooooooo yeah). They will be worth it, games will come, I will buy a PS4, but until they have some console sellers, the "Console War" is still going to be at a stalemate in my mind.

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Another thing I can't wrap my head around is, why is everyone so quick to decide a clear winner? This is one of the very few instances where I can say without a doubt, winning is a BAD thing. If there is a clear winner declared, sure be happy your console of choice is the "winner". Here's the thing, what if that "win" actually knocks the other console of of contention completely? Competition is the reason why I own a PS3, 360, Wii, WiiU, Xbox One (well technically Amazon is the reason for this). Competition is what drives innovation, what creates amazing games, what pushes these companies to be better than the other in an attempt to "win". As a gamer, you shouldn't want someone to win, you should want them to fight and win battles instead of the war. While the companies battle, we reap the benefits. The argument could be made that a single console means that all effort would be put into that console, I doubt it though.

In summation, stop declaring a winner. It makes you look like a moron and I hate you.




I get your point and I agree with it but I will never justify "You think X so you are Y and I hate you."

 

Opinions, everyone's entitled to them even if we disagree.

 

I get your point and I agree with it but I will never justify "You think X so you are Y and I hate you."

 

Opinions, everyone's entitled to them even if we disagree.

And it is my opinion that declaring the console war as "over" makes the person look like a moron ;)

 

But seriously the blog is meant to be a bit tongue in cheek, so I wouldn't take everything literally.  It takes more for me to actually hate someone than to just say something that I find annoying.

 

 

And it is my opinion that declaring the console war as "over" makes the person look like a moron ;)

 

But seriously the blog is meant to be a bit tongue in cheek, so I wouldn't take everything literally.  It takes more for me to actually hate someone than to just say something that I find annoying.

 

Figured since you went to the trouble of making an entire blog about it you must have meant it lol. At least to some degree.

Remember this: It takes a series of small victories to win a war. (Or, just drop two big bombs on innocent people.) Who has the most victories right now? Than that is who's winning. Empirical fact!

I have both a PS4 and an X1, I've had them since their launches. I do agree that it is way too soon to decide the winner of the so called console war. However, for me personally, that will always be Sony.

As far as no games being available for either, yes it's pretty slim pickings for both, but isn't that true of all console launches of late? I'll be happily playing Titanfall on the X1 for the foreseeable future, and have enjoyed several current releases such as Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadowfall, and yes, even Knack for PS4. I'm not unhappy with either of my early console purchases.

Where I think Sony is leading, is that they decided to embrace Indie titles, even making quite a few of them available with your PS+ subscription. There's also the free to play games like Blacklight Retribution, and Warframe. I feel I'll always have something on the PS4 to occupy my time, as I wait for the next big game. Even if that next big game is a port from the previous generation of consoles, I'm looking at you Tomb Raider, and The Last Of Us!

I'm not emphatically calling Sony the winner here, but I do think if Microsoft wants to contend, they need to focus on games rather than the X1 being an all inclusive media system. Seriously, would it kill them to give an X1 title away in their Games With Gold? Factor in the added value of PS+ Vs Xbox Live, and the PS4 looks incredibly inviting if someone is only going to purchase one console.

I can save everyone a lot of trouble and declare Sony the winner! 

These new peasant "P" wars (792/1080) are laughable. Remember the BIT WARS.  O those days.


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