2K: Developers Don't Care About "Silly Platform Wars"
At this point, especially for those who are older, it's probably one of the most boring (and embarrassing) traits of video game fans.
The fanboy routine, console wars, and everything that goes along with adolescent hostility and posturing will hopefully start to wane as the average age of a gamer continues to rise. However, in the meantime, we still have the rampant biases that plague industry sites, forums and other communities on the Internet. Thankfully, most developers and publishers ignore such tripe; they're in a business and they honestly don't care about your own personal vendetta against a particular company. Take 2K Marin, for instance; in an interview with Bioshock 2 creative director Jordan Thomas, we hear about "confirmation bias," which - psychologically speaking - is of course the root of most unreasonable slants. Said Thomas:
"There’s a cognitive effect known as 'confirmation bias' which leads people to latch onto conclusions that support their preferences and ignore data which doesn’t. This leads to wild, unreasoning loyalty to a chosen platform, sports team, or brand of soda."
Thomas goes on to say that from a developer's perspective, the console wars "are a bit silly," and that their target is "consistency." He also says it's really sad to see everyone so fixated on "platform partisanship" because it seems to affect the "critical channels" and hinders any decent chance at solid discussion and conversation. The "confirmation bias" is the bane of my existence; those who just have to side with Sony hated Bioshock until it came to the PS3. And for years, ever since the first Xbox arrived, the Microsoft fanboys mocked Final Fantasy endlessly...until FFXIII was announced for the 360, and they started crowing about their "victory."
Really, it's all just extremely boring. Is it at all possible to focus on something else? Like...oh, I dunno...the games?
2/8/2010 10:32:16 AM Ben Dutka