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From my childhood, I can remember stories on the news of
all the terrible things that happen in this world – another murder, another
robbery, another person who does not care. These themes remain in the majority
of news media that we consume daily. It is either the terrible aspects of life,
or unnecessary information about the lives of celebrities. So, why are these
terrible things the topics of regular conversation? It sells.
Video games are a very separate medium from basic
entertainment media. Visually repulsive images are the norm. Video game violence
does not shock one who often plays games. What do video game media outlets do
when you can no longer shock the conscience? You start a fire.
Console wars are meaningless to many but an integral part of
gaming to others. It is natural to defend one’s opinion. These wars succeed at
creating buzz about usually old topics on days when the industry is a little
slow or at times when the populace is especially vulnerable. One of these
vulnerable times is when new consoles are about to launch. There are multiple
comment sections and forums that spiral into meaningless back and forth over
things which the average gamer cannot prove.
“This console is better than that console because it is.”
Have you played anything on the system?
“One company is digging their own grave while another is
doing everything the ‘right’ way.” Only time will tell what business strategy
is best, and video games are a monetary democracy. Everyone has the opportunity
to vote with their own money. The loudest voices championing a cause are always
drowned out by the tide of money.
Despite this lack of meaning, I could spend a few minutes
looking on some very popular websites who are creating articles knowing that
they are baiting their readers into these meaningless discussions. So, why do
it? It sells. It adds nothing of value to an intelligent conversation,
but it creates a vacuum where the loudest and most obnoxious of gamers can spend
hours going back and forth fighting a verbal war that cannot be won.
One of my favorite things about GameInformer and the
majority of its dedicated members is that I see a much smaller percentage of
articles and comments that seem to be trying to start a “war.” As new details
emerge and the hype ramps up for this holiday season, enjoy your games. Do not
let the occasional sensationalism of the industry destroy your excitement.
However, I would ask that you use that excitement for good. Start conversations
that will involve people from across the spectrum of modern gaming. Attacking people
because of their opinion should never become the internet norm.
Pay attention to what you read. You never know when you may
get caught up in the sensationalism of the industry.
Fewer online restrictions are necessary for my current
The difference in price benefits the PS4
No allegiance to one brand or internet infrastructure
Sony’s direction and message has captured my attention in
ways that Microsoft has not
What is your opinion and why?
What console are you most excited for?
Do you agree with me that the industry often starts these
wars for the sake of hype?
Let me know what you think.