Are Network Users More Mature Than Live Users?
I will freely admit that I don't play online that often - I'm usually far too busy and I still prefer single-player campaigns - but over the past few years, I've spent my fair share of time on both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Now, is it just me, or does the level of immaturity on one vastly outstrip that of the other?
Perhaps it can be called an unfair observation as everyone undoubtedly has different experiences online, but I've also noticed that many of our PSXE members have reported a similar situation. Now, studies have indicated that the average PS3 owner may be significantly older than the average Xbox 360 owner, and there's a bit of common sense and logic that supports that idea: the PS3 was very expensive when it first launched; a $600 price tag isn't exactly accessible to younger gamers. Furthermore, the PlayStation generation began five years before the Xbox generation and hence, many of those who currently own a PS3 became fans of Sony back in the '90s. Then there's the argument that PlayStation fans are just more mature in general, but I'm not sure that's realistic and it'd be a little difficult to find statistics for either side. But the bottom line is that while online multiplayer is always iffy to begin with - incessant swearing, unbelievably retarded comments, even racism and sexism - it seems that Live just has...well, more of it.
I just tend to hear younger voices, dumber comments, and more ridiculously childish behavior on Live. Now, for the record, you will still find plenty of that on the PSN; the entire situation is more than a little depressing. One minute, I think the gaming crowd might actually be starting to grow up (Heavy Rain has topped 1 million in sales, for instance) and the next, I'm convinced that only 13-year-old idiots play online. But is it really worse on one service than the other? What are your experiences like?
4/12/2010 9:21:49 PM Ben Dutka