Robert Bowling, Community Manager for Infinity Ward’s upcoming title, Modern Warfare 2, has gone on record saying that the console war taking place between the PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360 makes developers angry.
“The console wars really anger me”
“I’m pretty vocal. I’m a gamer and I speak with them a lot whether via twitter or the forums and I’m not afraid to let them know when they’re just being ridiculous. Whether it’s gameplay stuff or whatever, you just have to explain it to them. Most of the time, they’re just misinformed. What they’re saying may sound completely ridiculous, but it’s most often because they just don’t know how stuff works and when you explain it to them, they’re usually like, ‘oh yeah, that makes sense’”.
But when it comes to the whole ‘my console is better than yours’ fanboyism, it’s a different story. “I was talking to this one guy recently”, he recalls “He was a very angry PS3 user. Angry because he was like ‘why aren’t you talking about the PS3 version?’ and I’m like, NO, we’re talking about the GAME, not the 360 version. Just the fact that we have to explain that. Seriously. Calm down, and just look at this. The game is equal on every platform, so when we talk about a feature of the game it applies to the game as a whole. The console wars really anger me because so much effort goes into ensuring the game is the same on each platform.”
Fortunately, we agree with him. The console war is a joke in its entirety and the only people it truly hurts is the game. Instead of being able to enjoy all of the great titles out there this generation, gamers pick and choose sides and miss out in taking part in some of the best gaming available. While the console war isn’t going anywhere, it’s good to know that some of us can enjoy the best of both worlds.