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Because of my work on DAGERS, I have every system in the current generation. And when I sat down and listed out the reasons why I prefer my 3DS over my PS Vita, it got me thinking about other gaming biases I have. The largest is that when I am rating games, I prefer to do it on the PS3. If a title is listed on multiple platforms, in most cases, my default is Sony’s console. Occasionally I’ll dust of my 360 just to get a different perspective on a game. And if a game uses the Wii U touchpad properly, I might choose to rate it on that system. But I virtually never buy PC versions of games unless they’re exclusives. This may sound unreasonable, but I have found the source of my bias against these three systems and why I prefer the PS3.
Let’s get the most contentious one out of the way first. Yes, I prefer PS3 over Xbox 360. But I’m not one of those fan boys that’s going to tell you the Xbox 360 is junk. The fact of the matter is, I grew up on the PSOne. As a result, I prefer the joysticks on my controllers to be parallel. In addition to this being a personal preference, this also has an impact on the PS3’s accessibility. If the occasion calls for it, it’s easier to use one hand to manipulate both sticks on the PS3 because they are closer together. As a result, it’s easier for me to muddle my way through games that require you to use both sticks and press buttons at the same time on Sony’s platform. Another reason that I prefer the PS3 over the Xbox 360 is strictly a personal preference. I find the interface cleaner and easier to navigate. Frankly, I don’t see the need for a Bing search engine on a console, and it’s extra features like these that clutter up the Xbox 360’s interface with stuff I’m never going to use. But I discovered both of these reasons once I owned both systems.
There were two reasons that my first console in this generation was a PS3. First, Blu-ray disks are more durable than normal DVDs. I’ll never forget the demonstration the GameStop associate made when he took out a copy of Ratchet and Klank on Blu-ray and scraped it along the unfinished edge of the counter to show me that Blu-rays don’t scratch as easily as DVDs. For an able-bodied person, this may not be as big of a deal, but because I’m liable to drop my disks when trying to put them in the machine, I went with the more durable option. But the multiplayer was the biggest reason I went with the PlayStation first. I don’t care how good your online service is, I think it’s stupid to pay for a feature which in last generation was free.
My bias against the Wii U is a bit more obvious. Most games do a horrible job of implementing the Gamepad and just end up making the game less accessible. I would have given anything to be able to play Lego City Undercover on PS3 (too bad it’s a Wii U exclusive!) since on the Wii U they require you to hold up the tablet and look through it in order to accomplish one of the game’s primary mechanics. Because of my weak hands, maneuvers like these are hard to accomplish. In other words, the Wii U seems to dress up most games with unnecessary trappings in order to include the Gamepad in some new and innovative way. But as a gamer, I don’t care how new and innovative the hardware is, I just want good games. And as a disabled person, I just want games I can play. Unfortunately, both desires are somewhat limited by the way most games use the Wii U.
Finally, we come to the PC. Counterintuitively, the PC is actually the most physically accessible system I own. I have a custom-built gaming rig with specialized peripherals that make gaming easier by building custom macros into keystrokes. And with the PC, I’ll never run the risk of accidentally pushing buttons like I do with the PS3’s triggers (which can get pressed by accident if I am playing the game using my lap tray). But there’s a problem integral to PC games that would make it a mistake to try to rate every game on this system: I can’t trade used PC games back in. As someone who’s trying to build a brand new website, it would be a mistake for me to keep every single game that I own. And retailers like GameStop won’t take PC games on trade. Even worse, I can’t sell them to a friend because of DRM issues. I need to be able to trade in games once I review them. Therefore, I’m stuck using the slightly less accessible, but more financially feasible PS3.
I’m sure I’ve ignited a firestorm of opinions. Feel free to share them in the comments below. Just remember, my systems are like my children—I love them all. I just happen to have a favorite. Does that make me a bad parent?
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I can understand how you are with preferences. I did grow up with the PS1 and PS2, but I got a 360 first then later a PS3. I do prefer the 360 controller, it's more comfortable for me. If I had for money I'd love to get more games on my PS3 because I barely use it.
I too was raised by PSOne in my beginning years of actual gaming, and I suppose was naturally compelled to get the PS2, PSP, PS3 and Vita. I like the exclusive games and love the free online service and the PS+ paid subscription service! I feel like PS treats fans like me pretty well, and so far they haven't done anything to make me abandon them, nor has any other system really done anything to sway me to prefer them, other than exclusive titles, but PS3 often gets ports and such more so than any other console, like No More Heroes and Castle Crashers, etc., even if I didn't start with PSOne I'd probably still would be in the same position now, Nintendo is slow in making great new titles, like literally every other month there's a great game, while PS3 and other consoles get great games every week, I tend to beat games fast so I need to be satisfied. I almost went to 360 as I started getting more into online gaming, but when I got PS+ they totally hooked me into PS, the service is great, and I get so much free stuff! If anything, PC would be the only platform that could steal me, but I don't have the money to make a fancy, powerful PC rig, but once I do, I'll probably be more of a PC gamer, the deals they get are insane! And they have lots of exclusive titles and things like mods for games like Skyrim, Minecraft, Portal 2 and such I want to try out. Honestly, PS has done right so far in my book and fulfilled what others couldn't for me, I'm excited for PS4, and seeing as I'm talking about getting into PC gaming, and PS has been making many moves in order to get this going with Portal 2 cross platform play, and Diablo III, I may not even need a PC rig! :P
I agree on the playstation too, i agree that the other systems are good too. But I grew up with some playstation chararcters like Jak and daxter.
By the way very good article.
At first I was hesitant about reading this blog thinking it was going to be another flame war blog. Instead I was impressed. I don't agree with everything you pointed out. However I do agree about the Wii U and the Bing feature on the 360.
A very unbiased view of bias, if I do say so myself, sir. As a PS3 fan, I can see where you're coming from, but I duly respect every other system as well. Well stated points.
The PS3 is definitely my favorite system, but I have nothing against people that play other systems or the other systems themselves. I do hate that Microsoft pays publishers big $ to get DLC on their system first, but Sony does the same thing but only on a couple of games like AC3 and Mortal Kombat.
I liked this blog. Wii U is my favorite.
PS3 too expensive
I'm glad to see you're working hard on DAGERS, I really hope it can take off. I think it's a very important cause considering games aren't as naturally accessible to all people like other forms of entertainment, and also because I'm hoping you won't have to worry about finances to avoid playing on a sweet gaming rig you have.
Personally, I also prefer the PS3 controller outside of the marshmallow triggers.
Eh, I rarely use my PS3. LittleBigPlanet was really the only exclusive that appealed to me and that's just not enough to sell me on the system. Plus, I tend to facepalm at Sony's business decisions. On the other hand, I still do enjoy it every now and then, especially with Final Fantasy VIII downloaded. Overall, though, I'd have to say my favorite is Nintendo. Despite never really getting much mileage out of the Wii, their handhelds blow Sony's out of the water in just about every way. I've fallen in love with the 3DS, and Nintendo's recent focus on shaking off the restrictions of the Japanese market and putting major time and money into international audiences has given me a lot of hope for them and the Japanese game industry.
I get the PC argument, but at the same time that's where you can find the cheapest games of all of the big four, so even though you can't get your money back, it's less money invested to start with. That's the main reason I play primarily PC; I very rarely buy games for more than $10.