PS3 Haters Lose Advantage, Jealousy Fuels Hostility
At the end of each year, everyone first reflects and than looks forward to the year ahead. Unfortunately, this results in video game insanity, as a whole lot of "news" gets misinterpreted as fact and the Internet explodes in ridiculous "reports."
If you've been surfing the web recently, you've probably seen a few articles talking about how the PS3 is "disappointing" everyone; how it failed to "produce," and even how Sony is planning to discontinue/cancel the machine. The worst part is, some haters are beginning to latch onto these inane beliefs, thereby exponentially increasing the rapidity of what I like to call "high-speed stupidity expansion." And here's the interesting part: there are never any actual facts, but there's a marked increase in general hostility amongst the Sony hating crowd. The only logical conclusion is that jealousy continues to fan the flames; this comes as a direct result of 2008 reflection and 2009 prediction. In 2008, the PS3 had what most are calling the Game of the Year in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and with other additions (PlayStation Home, LittleBigPlanet and Resistance 2, the Blu-Ray rise, etc.), we have to assume that the haters are simply pissed that all their former arguments no longer hold water.
Just about the last negative revolves around the price of the machine, which will almost certainly fall some time this year, anyway. Then, when the exclusives essentially annihilate the competition - I'm still waiting on the Xbox 360 list that will compete with Killzone 2, God of War III, Gran Turismo 5, Heavy Rain, Infamous and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - the haters won't have anything left to cling to. What are we going to complain about then? The excellent reliability from Day 1 that has trumped Microsoft hands down? The Blu-Ray functionality that is always a bonus? The free Network that is now damn close to Xbox Live in terms of options and bells and whistles? PlayStation Home? What? And yet, with all this, we find a ton of baseless and absurdly ignorant articles proclaiming death upon the PS3. When this happens, there's only one cause, and I've been around long enough to recognize it...
The haters have lost and the jealousy has kicked in. It happened when the Dreamcast fell in the wake of the PS2. It happened when the Xbox proved to everyone that Microsoft was a legitimate competitor in the industry. And now, it's happening as the PS3 emerges cleanly from yet another growth year and is on the brink of what should most certainly be its most successful year yet. Looking at the lineup and everything the system has going for it, does anyone feel like arguing this point? And can they do it without the hostility? It's a fact of human nature: when we feel we are in the right, we will calmly and confidently present our side of the argument, but when we know we're wrong and are too embarrassed to admit it, we get extremely defensive and even downright nasty. Such is the way...and such is the exact explanation for all these retarded anti-PS3 articles. Our advice? Ignore them all and keep it here, where your news is always unbiased and uninfected by exaggeration. We reported the same doom and gloom as everyone else in late 2006/early 2007, but unlike the biased masses, we're willing to recognize a very clear rise.
And just because I feel as if I should have the disclaimer (it's sad, but it's probably necessary), I'll go play some Gears 2 now. It rocks the house...even if it is the only Xbox 360 exclusive that I really need.
1/4/2009 Ben Dutka