So there is a little bit of a fanboy in everyone, whether they want to admit it or not. Someone started playing video games somewhere, and they have fond memories of some games more than others, and it all boils down to subjective preference and desires... but we all love video games, otherwise we wouldn't be here.

Sadly, there is problem with the current model of video games and their distribution. There are three systems, each with their exclusive titles, and third party developers also tend to play favorites... and there you throw in the portable market and PC gaming... and it's a large amount of money to be putting into an endeavor, especially if you want to play all of the games. Most people end up picking a single console and dedicating their gaming time to it. You have the Nintendo fans, the Sony patriots, and the Xbox hard cores (who are losing that argument with Kinect taking the forefront... lets see how many people I hook with that one! >:) bwahaha!)... it all comes down to one hard, cold fact:

Money

You have to have money, spend money, and trade in for more money in order to enjoy gaming, and with all the different hands that the money is going out to... all those hands asking for more money... the gamer is left having to go without in most case. I myself? I lucked out and manage to have all three gaming systems and a powerful PC. That gives me the option to play pretty much anything I want to, but I am still hard pressed to have the money to buy all the games that I find intriguing, thus I only buy the games I know I will like.

With the threat of a new generation of consoles on the rise, I know that I will probably be forced to pick a side... therefore, I propose a story of consoles and solution... which will be brought to you by the master of deception, trickery, and overall shadiness: Emperor Palpatine!

Did I ever tell you the story of how there were three consoles that divided the gaming community...?

So we have three console manufacturers: Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony.

They all seem to be prepping a new console. The Wii U is going to be first, then I'm certain the other two will follow within a year (that is how these things have worked in the past). If each console debuts at a relative increase in price, we are looking at approximately $300 for the Wii U, and $500+ dollars for each the Microsoft and Sony next gens (hopefully less, but I'm being pessimistic)... so anyone wanting to purchase all three is looking at dropping a cool 1k before they have even purchased a game. (better pray for WiiU sports)

Now if the games increase in price as they have for each generation, then you can be looking to ay $70 for each game you buy... and that is not going to be a nice thing to see. Even if they remain $60 each, the average gamer is looking to buy at least one game per system, that is another $180 on top of console costs.

That pocket book is going to be screaming by the time it is done. The companies of course are all making money, though they will be telling us how they are losing it. Posting record losses, we will always be told that we aren't paying enough and they should be charging more... the rolling steam press of capitalism marches ever onward, and don't get me wrong... that is what is so wonderful about the system: making money.

Money! Unlimited Money!!


It really is a case of circus vicitas though, and it need s a solution.

A very simple solution: One console. One gaming machine that supports all games.

It isn't a solution that I see happening, and I have heard arguments for and against it. Most people say that in order to do this you might as well just create a gaming computer and sell that as the console.

I don't believe this is the case; rather if all three companies were to collaborate on designing one single console for each generation... you would be able to have the needs of everyone condensed into a single unit. All games would be available. The ingenuity of Nintendo, the power of Sony, and the core of Microsoft would all be in a single, marketable, ready to purchase container and the only problem they would have to iron out is how do divide that heaping throne room of money that would be filling up.

If a person wanted to video game: one option. If a person wanted to do home media: the one stop console shop. The trend of consoles has already evolved  beyond gaming... but people like some apps on each console better. PS3 has the better Netflix App. Xbox has the better Hulu Plus App. Why not put the best of everything together. Nintendo wouldn't have to worry about hardware specs, Sony wouldn't have to worry about making innovative add-ons that sell poorly... and the developers would only have to work on games for one system.

Imaging they money saved by EVERYONE. Developmental costs, production costs, consumer costs... it's streamlining at its finest.

Yes, there are some downsides. Developers will no longer need programmers and teams dedicated to different consoles and software; Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will no longer have the individualized branding and "exclusive" titles; Gamestop will have to reorganize and reorder all of its in-store displays... but in the long run this would all be for the better.

Only having to buy a single system means that gamers will have more money to spend on games. Thus, games will sell better because there will not be a need to pick which system to purchase for. Games should be better because there will not have to be corners cut or things removed when creating "ports" from one games system to another. No longer will you have four wii remotes, four xbox controllers, four PS3 remotes... and a tv remote... and a move set... and an PS3 camera... and a Kinect... everything streamlines.

I could go on and on.

Only one kind of game case would have to be created (some will win. some will lose), Only one type of disc format will be necessary (again, win-lose for some people). Everyone gets to play every game (complete win). Graphics will be the same for everyone, developers should be pleased. No more having to figure out how to arrange three systems and a cable box all around you one television along with a sound system and who knows what else. No more fanboy wars on the forums of gaming websites... the list is endless!

There are downsides, and there are plus sides. The point of the matter is that it all boils down to money, and while I don't see this happening in the near future... it is something that I think all parties involved should consider because the profit margin goes up and costs will go down. In the long run, it is the best thing that could possibly happen to gaming. Is it going to be easy? No. Will everyone approve? Of course not... but when have you ever heard of a low risk, high reward scenario? If you have, someone was lying to you.

If you want to make a big change, you have to take big chances. Nothing that was ever worth having, or worth doing, was ever easy.

Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design... Oh, I'm afraid the universal console will be quite infallible when its time arrives.