Sony doesn’t love you. Neither does Microsoft. As harsh as that may sound it is the truth. These companies don’t care about you personally. They don’t want to be your friend. They don’t want to hang out at the movies with you every Tuesday. The only thing that these companies want to do is get into your wallet. They want you to purchase their products and nothing else.
After seeing the absolutely ridiculous rhetoric being spewed on the message boards of every gaming site I visit I thought that this would be a good time to get this column out there. I see people reacting like Microsoft or Sony is a family member or best friend when somebody says something bad about one of them online and rushing to their defense. I also see people talking about the company that they don’t prefer in terms that are usually saved for dictators or countries that are human rights violators. It seems to have gotten out of control. I think its time for everybody to take a step back for a second and really think about what they are doing. Sony and Microsoft aren’t friends or enemy combatants. They both have the same goal. Get into your wallet by any means necessary.
People need to stop swearing allegiance to companies and becoming unpaid public relations officers for companies. Sony and Microsoft have enough of those. Ok, maybe Microsoft could use a few more of those after the month and a half that they have had but that is beside the point. The only thing that you as a gamer need to do is to start making the choices that are best for you. You need to make the best decisions for YOU. You need to buy and play what makes YOU happy. It shouldn’t matter to you what anyone else thinks of that decision. That stuff is all noise. It’s irrelevant. What you need to focus on is what makes you happy and not what is going to make your "friend" Sony or Microsoft happy.That’s not to say that you should be afraid to buy either console. Or both of them. Or none of them at all. I’m saying you shouldn’t be swayed from getting what you actually want by public relations executives or people online. You shouldn’t feel pressure to buy any new consoles at all if you don’t feel like it. There are plenty of great games in the pipeline for the current generation. Do what makes you happy and let the chips fall from there. If you’ve made a decision and you are happy with your decision, I think that’s great. Do you really need to be online railing against other people for not making the same decision?
There also seems to be a lot of PC gamers weighing in on the message boards. These are the guys that aren’t buying either console but are still online running their mouths on message boards. I’ll be hammering the PC elitest in a separate column altogether but I’m just curious why this group seems to care so much about something that they aren’t going to buy. I can’t recall a time where I had no interest in a product but was on a message board slamming the company who makes the product and everybody who buys that product. I’d rather be playing my game of choice then be on a message board and wasting time on something that at the end of the day doesn’t even pertain to me.
All I’m asking everybody to do here is to think critically for themselves and do what makes you happy. Don’t get caught up in the catch phrases or the hype or the spin that executives from both companies are going to be throwing out there in the coming months. Mark Cerny isn’t coming over to hang out if you buy a PS4 and Larry Hryb won’t be swinging buy your place with a pizza the day after you pick up an X-Box One. They are going to be too busy swimming in stacks of money like Scrooge McDuck. Factor that in and pick and play what will give you the most enjoyment. If you pick something based on hype and message boards alone and end up unhappy I don’t think Microsoft’s Julie Larson-Green or Sony’s Jack Tretton are going to pick up the phone to hear your grievances. They are going to be too busy hanging out in the money pit right beside Hryb and Cerny clinking wine glasses and lighting cigars with spare dollar bills.