I haven't had a strong preference on a console since the SNES vs Genesis days. The ubiquity of multiplatform games in the modern age has made console wars seem even sillier than they used to, now that everyone is playing like 99% of the same games, anyway. At least it used to be wars about different games, now its wars about pixel counts on the same game.
People reaffirming their purchase. Mostly kids who can only choose one.
People who openly voice their expectations as a consumer.
If you think this is special to gaming... ha!! Sports, phones, tvs, cars...
Anything that has people passionate about it has people arguing which is best. People like to pick sides and think they have the best side. And honestly, I think sports fans can be way worse about it.
Honestly, I think as long as you can be civil about it and not be so biased that you cannot possibly see any advantages to the other side/disadvantages to yours, there is nothing wrong with it. But I like arguing ;).
Usually because some kids can only get a console and want to justify their choice as much as they can. Doesn't help when those companies have an history with previous "wars".
Why do you think console wars exist?
This kind of stuff is not limited to consoles, but the fact that it's hardware makes it easier to push the war arguments.
Mature people with only one console live well with it.
If you think console wars are just that, you probably like those wars and take part in those.
you mean, why do people have different opinions? because different folks different strokes.
Also, some people are just really stupid and like to fight over anything.
Nothing unusual. More here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post...ationalization
One of my earliest internet memories.
I'm surprised you didn't use Chevy vs. Ford. That seems to be the loudest argument amongst car fans (to the point of having Calvin pissing on one or the other's emblem).
Justifying a purchase aka post-purchase rationalization. It's not exclusive to consoles. Look up car forums. Same there with BMW vs. Audi.
(Personally I like both, it's Chryslers that suck!).
In mobile phones...of course you got Android vs iPhone. In Android land you have:
Root/ROM vs non-root/ROM
Stock Android vs custom UI
App vs app
When I saw people fighting about which home screen launcher/app was the best...I knew there was no level to what some will fight over.
Summed up nicely. I also think it has something to do with the whole marketing war Sega and Nintendo were locked into in the early 90s. I planted the seeds for what we know today as console wars
Because you can't play ALL the games and need to justify the choice you made.
There's just something inside people that makes them like something and compete against others who like something else. Especially when you can easily view those things as being in direct competition.
And like sports, it's generally harmless, but it can go too far.
People want to feel like they belong to a community, in this case it's a community tied to a brand. They begin to self-identify with the brand, and any attack on that brand is interpreted as an attack on them.
Basically people allowing commercial brands to dictate their identity.