You Should Convert to Agnostic Gaming
Let me start off by saying this, the "Console War" is the biggest load of bulls*** ever. Yes, it is a great marketing tool, but it's also a silly thing to live by.
Don't get me wrong, there is no harm in having having a favorite company or just genuinely being more interested in what one company is doing over the competition. I have been and will (probably) always be a die-hard Nintendo fan. However, there is nothing acceptable about getting behind the comments section on YouTube and Reddit just to spew hate. There are people in this world that actually disregard fantastic games just because they are only available on one platform, or because it is associated with the makers of another game.
Those are the kinds of people I want to direct my attention to. If you really love games and that is the kind of thing you're passionate about, then it is time to consider becoming an agnostic gamer. That is, if you're not already.
My (loose) definition of an "Agnostic Gamer" is something along the lines of, "someone who plays games without allowing the influence of platform, developer, or publisher affiliation to effect their decision".
I'm of the mindset that, if a game looks good, it is worth a try. Why let a good game go unnoticed just because it is on a platform you don't own or it is published by a company you dislike. A good example of something like this happening would be the first Titanfall game. When Titanfall came out in 2014, it had a handful of factors working against it. First of all, it was only available for PC and Xbox One, and it was released very shortly after the launch of the Xbox One. At this time, it was the popular opinion that Microsoft had really dropped the ball with the launch of the Xbox One and Sony's PS4 was really the way to go for most gamers. This made some people start to treat Xbox console exclusives like less of a game compared to PS4 exclusives.
Another problem the game faced was that it was published by EA, and people love to hate EA. Now, I'm not trying to give Titanfall a pity party, the game sold great and a sequel is on the way. The point I'm trying to make is that there was a handful of gamer's that disregarded this game simply for not being on Sony's box or because they dislike EA. As someone who played Titanfall extensively I can say this, Titanfall is perhaps the most groundbreaking shooter released in years. Now that is just my opinion, but I had such a blast playing that game and I cannot imagine not playing it just because it wasn't available for PS4.
There are countless other examples of this too. Gamers that disregard playing games for similar reasons are essentially robbing themselves of great experiences. In the past few months I have played Uncharted 4 on PS4, Mirror's Edge Catalyst on Xbox One, Super Metroid on Wii U, and Severed on PS Vita. I had unique and fun experiences with all of these games, and I am so glad that I didn't let any platform loyalty prevent me from playing any of them. There is so much talent across the games industry that good content is inevitably going to make its way to every platform.
Obviously money plays a huge role in this. Not everyone has the funds to buy every platform and game that they want. Some people have to decide which platform or platforms work best for them and pick just one. There is nothing wrong with this of course. Everyone has financial restraints to a degree and should not feel obligated or pressured to spend outside their means.
"Hardcore Gamers" have the benefit of being in the know more than the average consumer. In that regard, they are the ones with the responsibility for the public image associated with each game. Sure, if a game is totally awful and not worth anyone's time, maybe it doesn't deserve the best reaction, but to hate a game just to hate is ridiculous.
It is a natural human instinct to have to favorite or pick a side in everything. That's the reason why we have to have multiple political parties and various sports teams. People have a tendency to break down everything into categories. This is what has happened with gaming. People have begun looking at the various platforms on the market as different sides, although this is not a recent occurrence. Ever since the days of Nintendo and SEGA, fans have been bickering over which is superior, and the answer is quite simple, BOTH!
What's worse is that last generation the tables were turned. In 2006, Sony botched the announcement of the PS3 and audiences flocked to Microsoft. Last generation it seemed like everyone couldn't wait to play the next Halo or Gears of War, while they neglected the release of Sony's exclusives. Then in 2013, Microsoft made the same mistake. They did to the Xbox One what Sony did to the PS3, and the audiences changed sides. In recent years, people seem very so, so on Halo 5 or Gears of War 4. Though games like Uncharted 4 are doing so well, you'd think that the first three killed the original Halo entries. Personally, I have enjoyed all the game series that I just mentioned above. It just seems silly that some people feel like they have to pick a side.
Video games don't rule the world. We don't need to separate the companies into factions and brand ourselves to display our loyalty. Why can't Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft all be great? Why can't we play games from Activision and EA? As far as I'm concerned, all of these companies have made both good and bad games, so they're technically one and the same.
E3 was just two weeks ago and to be honest, there are games from every conference that I am stoked to get my hands on. It is actually a liberating feeling to know that I play games based solely off what I like. I can't imagine what it would be like if I watched Sony's E3 Press Conference as a Xbox fan, and then tried to lie to myself and pretend I wasn't dying to play that Spider-Man PS4 exclusive.
It is just that simple. There is no superior console. There is no "PC Master Race". Home consoles are great, handhelds are great, PCs are great, hell, even my MacBook and iPhone are pretty good for gaming sometimes. At the end of the day, good games live on all platforms. To deny yourself the opportunity to play something is insane. If you really think one platform is superior to another, you're not a gamer, you're just an obnoxious fanboy. True gamers play games. It is not about what others think or what the internet says. Good games are games that are fun to play, and those are everywhere.