Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Going Multiplatform

So, my wife and I had a conversation, "Should we buy a PS3?" The reason why? No release date for the Asian Xbox 360 version of Rock Band. Sounded like a plausible argument, but then I thought, if we buy a PS3 how exactly are we supposed to find the time to play on two consoles?

Seriously, who has enough time to play on two gaming systems? I also have work and other real life concerns to consider, so there's only really room for game time on one system.

From our little conversation we concluded, it isn't fanboyism to stick to one system (as most forum goers will tell you). It's simply a matter of practicality. If you have two consoles you'll inevitably spend more time with one and leave the other one to dust (literally). I can't imagine anyone who has all the free time to play on two consoles and ensure that both are being used equally. I just think it's a waste to just 'have' another console, just for the sake of having it.

I've read on some forums online that some PS3s get this error called the BDL issue. It's where the PS3 can no longer read discs. Judging from what some PS3 owners are saying, I think it happens when you don't spend enough time using the system. Ironically it's the same story for my first 360. When me and my wife got married, we were away for quite a while so my 360 didn't see any use for more than two weeks. When I tried the system again that was probably the longest period that I didn't turn on the console. A few weeks later, 3RL struck my Japanese Xbox 360. Since there's no official support for the Xbox 360 in my country I had to resort to buying another one. I had a good library of games for the 360 and no interest in the existing PS3 games at the time.

Most of the time I see posts online of people claiming to be more 'objective' with consoles because they have all the systems. Honestly I can't imagine that kind of lifestyle. Do they have jobs? Loved ones? Chores? A dog? Stuff in real life that matters? If they start calling you a loser or a fanboy or whatever internet-fabricated nomenclature, think of it this way: by having so many game consoles they probably don't have any real life to speak of, so let them have the satisfaction of covering up for their own insecurities.

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