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2K Games : Console Wars Are Silly

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Console rivalries have existed for about as long as consoles have are indeed a silly thing, and the first BioShock is in the position of having been a great source of fuel to its fire this generation. Once an Xbox 360 exclusive (on consoles, at least) and reviled by PS3 owners – until it found its way to their platform of choice and went from being crap to brilliant.

Creative director for BioShock 2, 2K Marin’s Jordan Thomas has – after prodding by Destructoid – lashed out at the needless console war that exists in fanboys hearts and minds.

"There’s a cognitive effect known as ‘confirmation bias’ which leads people to latch onto conclusions that support their preferences and ignore data which doesn’t," explains Jordan Thomas. "This leads to wild, unreasoning loyalty to a chosen platform, sports team, or brand of soda.

"From a development perspective, the console wars are a bit silly; our target is consistency, and it’s always kind of sad to see people throwing their energy into “platform partisanship”, because it seems to flood the critical channels and drown out other creative discourse."

I remember – with much fondness – the great 16 bit console wars, and the petty squabbling between adherents of the SNES, and its mascot Mario and those of the Genesis/MegaDrive with Sonic at its head. The two of them got over the silly clash, even appearing in games together. I think its time PS3 and Xbox fanboys hugged it out.

Source : Destructoid

Last Updated: February 8, 2010


  1. pantsula

    February 8, 2010 at 13:25

    As my fav podcast says, play games not consoles


  2. Uncle

    February 8, 2010 at 14:41

    Fanboi’s are just unintelligent twits. If I had the money I would own all 3 ‘next-gen’ consoles!


    • eXp

      February 8, 2010 at 17:41

      Xbox, PS and… PSP Go?

      Surely you can’t mean the Wii. My PS2 has better functionality.


  3. Milesh Bhana ZA

    February 8, 2010 at 15:01

    I’m no fanboi, i own BOTH consoles.


  4. ShoCKeR ZA

    February 8, 2010 at 16:29

    I wish I could own a ps3 aswell


  5. GougedEye

    February 8, 2010 at 20:24

    Hallelujah!!! Scream it from the mountain tops brother. The huge extent of fanboism rubbish is hands down the most irritating thing about the whole gaming scene. Utter narrowminded and downright blind fanatacism is almost enough to put me off visiting gaming forums and blogs.


    • Nick de Bruyne

      February 8, 2010 at 21:19

      I’m actually starting to wonder if fanboys on the internet are the problem, or if it’s people on the internet. I have been reading a lot of comments on sites like Digg lately… the article could be about a new discovery for Cancer, and somehow within 15 comments, the entire thread is just a mess.

      Console wars are silly, we all know that but lately it seems like people will fight over just about anything, and all because they aren’t close enough to be punched in the face.


      • Flamebaitboy

        February 8, 2010 at 22:25

        No it’s because we are nearing the End of Days. Evil is among us, hiding in plain sight, disguised as Fanboys.


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