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I do not understand the PS3's success of late...

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Note: Mitch makes blog for the first time in a bajillion years (7 months really)

Ever since my mind has been exposed to the Internet, my views towards console gaming has been agnostic. Apart from the Dreamcast (which I couldn't find), I owned all the consoles last gen. I enjoyed them all for their merits and their games. So, when this current generation came up, I tried to go about it with the same open mentality...

But, the PlayStation 3.... there's just something that makes me feel some sort of disdain towards it....

Yes, it had a terrible launch. It was overpriced. Ken Kutaragi and Kaz Hirai sounded like raving lunatics whenever they spoke of the machine. It had no exclusives that made it worth buying a $1000 media centre. Ports were horrible. But, all these things have been addressed (Price cuts, developers are more comfortable with the hardware, Kutaragi has been silenced, etc).

Then, why do I still feel that it's success is somewhat undeserved?

I can see why the other two are where they are. Microsoft were first, so their install base and game library is quite significant. The Wii is something refreshing, allowing many whom were intimidated, for whatever reason, by the medium to actively play games (though the amount of shit on the Wii is unacceptable, but that's for another blog...).

But as for the PS3, there isn't any apparent reason (to me anyway) to buy it over the other two. There's the Blu Ray capabilities, but the HD market is still a niche. Games are generally more expensive than the other two formats (usual RRP in Australia for PS3 games is around $120; the same for the Wii is generally $100, Xbox 360 $100-110) As superb as Metal Gear Solid 4 is (and this is coming from a guy who steers clear from MGS generally), it's only one superb exclusive out of a few OK ones and a couple of duds (Lair and Haze say hai!). In Australia (and probably world wide too), the PS3 is still the most expensive SKU on the market. PS1 and PS2 backwards compatibility is gone from the newer 40 GB models.

Has Microsoft and the whole RRoD fiasco (even though the new Falcon and Jasper chipsets eliminate this problem) pushed heaps of people towards Sony (a.k.a. Jim's Exodus)? Is the whole "Free Online" with the PSN attracting would-be fraggers? Or is it pure brand loyalty, as many would recognise ("I've always been a Sony boy" is used a lot)?

Please, D'toiders, help me understand. Because this baffles me. The PS3 doesn't feel like a console to me, just some hi-def multimedia centre with games capabilites. I really just don't get it why people are buying this over the much cheaper and more varied Xbox 360.

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About jestarincone of us since 6:38 AM on 06.16.2007

Mitchell

He likes games

A-lot

Nearly as much as Shiggy is goofy

He goes to QANTM College, studying Interactive Entertainment (majoring in Games Programming)

It is clearly evident he is a ladies man

He works at an arcade

He loves Nine Inch Nails. Just don't speak of Mr. Reznor negatively around him

He also buys an abnormal amount of CD's, considering the trend in consumer activity these days

He has a Wii but has no reason to play it. He has a Xbox 360 and a souped-up PC too. He wants a 3DO for a projectile to lob at Brett Ratner's head (I still haven't gotten over the horror that was X-Men 3). A PS3 would be nice too.

He loves fondoo, what ever that is

I think this lacks any real HUMOUR!! Well, that's because I drank too much of Aunt Esmerelda's Gore Vidal Tonic, so it is having me reciting 19th agriculture methods in a high-pitched tone that even makes Fran Dresher want to jump out of Sears Tower with a noose around her frail neck.
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