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Console Wars: Why do they exist?

MultiJhonny

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Because people are insecure and want to be validated by a toy they bought and other people on the internet



At least that is what it feels like
 

Rue

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I always thought it was because unless you're the type who owns each one, you're basically going to try to justify your purchase so you don't regret the one you picked.
 

antitrop

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Because video games are expensive and not everyone can afford everything.

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.
 

marvelharvey

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... and your console 'winning' may lead to more games being released/more budget being allocated to 1st party software.
 

NeonBlack

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People need to feel superior for their choices and purchases.

Same for Android vs iPhone, Windows vs Apple, football teams, politics, religion, etc.
 

QuantumBro

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Marketeers realized their jobs would be much easier if they could get the fans to do all the mudslinging for free.
 

Tigress

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Cause people like to argue and like to think their side is best.

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 ;).
 

mdsfx

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Because Microsoft is awful and some people JUST DON'T GET IT

console wars make no sense to me
 

Eolz

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Why do you think console wars exist?


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".
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.

you mean, why do people have different opinions? because different folks different strokes.
If you think console wars are just that, you probably like those wars and take part in those.
 

iNvid02

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they really want that silver medal, bronze just doesnt cut it. (pc gets gold obv)

ufeelme
 

21XX

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Consoles wars as in between companies in the market or between fanboys on the internet? Because one is significantly stupider than the other.
 

zenosparadox

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Because humans are competitive and these companies are competing for both mind and market share. People get very defensive over anything they invest time, effort and money into. Examples: how to raise your kids, your favorite sports team, literary criticism, etc.

Also, some people are just really stupid and like to fight over anything.
 

Death Penalty

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It's really just human nature to think your team is better regardless of the form that team comes in. Then, add in anonymity and people will take things to animalistic extremes as a matter of insecurity or ego. That's really all it is.
 

Tigress

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Justifying a purchase aka post-purchase rationalization. It's not exclusive to consoles. Look up car forums. Same there with BMW vs. Audi.
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).

(Personally I like both, it's Chryslers that suck!).
 

jroc74

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Because damn every product has a fanbase. Consoles are no different.

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.
 

Kayant

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Human emotions get weird sometimes.

This war basically happens in all aspects of life
 

Gsnap

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Same reason why people care about "their" team winning in sports. Even going so far as to insert themselves into the conversation like they had anything to do with anything. "We won." "We can't afford any more injuries." "I can't believe we didn't win last night."

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.
 

Valen

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The same phenomenon occurs in other industries, not just videogames. It happens with phones, sports teams, etc.

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.
 

The Albatross

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Because it's not enough to prefer something and show that preference by buying it.
You have to prefer something, show that preference by buying it, and then justify your preference by talking about it to other people.