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Ever since the first elementary school students got into an argument over who?s dedicated Pong console was better during the 1970s, console wars have been a part of gaming. In the internet age, this behavior is seen as taboo. Saying a console is better in every way, especially if you consistently say the same company?s consoles are the perfect ones, will not be well received by most people in the gaming community. Now, the obvious conclusion to reach from this is that there isn?t a perfect console that can carry a generation all by itself. Unfortunately, that message does not seem to have sunk in for a large number of gamers. The desire for a system that carries its entire generation, or more specifically anger at Nintendo systems for not doing that, has gotten a firm hold on the gaming community.
The desire for any system to dominate the console market to the point where you aren?t missing out on much by being a single console owner is simply unrealistic. The last time you could make an argument that it happened was during the Nintendo Entertainment System?s dominance in the third generation (and there are still plenty of Sega Master System fans who would argue this), and those circumstances are unlikely to ever be replicated. The console market had to be burned to the ground for the NES to secure such a strong hold on it, and even if that could happen again, would you really want it to" Recreating NES level dominance wouldn?t be as simple as Nintendo making the best selling console again, the Wii achieved that, and third parties still refused to give it full support. Even strong third party support wouldn?t be enough, as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System had the most third party support of its generation but still fought a close console war where the Sega Genesis managed to get its own lineup of big exclusives. Wii U outselling Playstation 4 would not make it the only system you needed; even changing the timeline so that Nintendo and Sony never stopped working together would be unlikely to. The fate of abandoned Atari 2600 cartridges, the kind of of industry devastation that created the Nintendo Entertainment System’s dominance.
A healthy video game market requires competition, or rather, it creates competition. If one console is successful, there are going to be other companies who want in on that success. The only way for there to be competition is for the major platforms to offer something the others don?t (the alternative is nearly identical systems throwing money at third parties to inconvenience owners of the other system). If two of the three current video game console manufacturers surrendered and the remaining console got everything, it wouldn?t take long for a new challenger to appear. We are going to have multiple consoles as long as we have consoles, no matter how well Nintendo does.
Now that I?ve hopefully explained why one perfect console (or platform, PC gaming is not exempt from this) isn?t plausible, let?s mo...
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