There’s nothing as prevalent, nor as discordant in the gaming community, than having your own preferential opinion. Views that encourage a discourse that the pontifical fraternity interpret these socially submitted views as facts. Comments poised for exuberant ridicule, that critics present as considered rebuttals. There’s a severe incongruity among the anonymous denizens of social media, that is reflected in the prejudicial vocations of gamers. With some of these comments so inflammatory that you’d think a migrant had stolen a job that they themselves had no intention of doing. If it isn’t the specious fracas between one individuals preferred, corporately funded mechanical box that outperforms yours, it’s manufacturing conflicts between other similar, yet inherently different philosophies.
Take for instance the current trend of comparing the qualities of the Switch and the Steam deck. Comparison’s based on faulty reasoning. Of course there are logical similarities between these two distinct devices. They’re both handheld devices that can be docked and played on a television. With Nintendo’s hybrid console being the more affordable of the two, regardless of the Deck model. And, well, that’s where the superficial comparisons end! They’re designed to perform very different functions. The Switches versatility provides casual gamers with a platform to play Nintendo specific content, with a device that is both accessible and adaptable to any gamer’s requirements. Whereas the Steam Deck is essentially a handheld PC, with the capacity to play almost anything, with the devices emulation capabilities. But it’s also an uncomfortable unit, with a weight that if not properly positioned can become a burden to hold. In addition to a battery that runs out of power quicker than my adulterous father ran away from my sister and I.
Neither device is objectively better than the other. Sure, the Deck accommodates superior hardware with an adaptable capacity for autonomy. But that doesn’t make it better. It’s just a preference. The Steam Decks durability and lauded “ergonomics” might not be suited to someone that requires a more rigorous battery. For a parent looking for a Christmas present for their child, the affordability of the Switch makes it the obvious consumer choice for the parent on a budget. Yet people seem to interpret their proclivities as being irrefutable. Accentuating a social dissonance amongst a community divided by preference. It seems bizarre to manufacture a conflict between two vastly disseminating objects. That are so preoccupied in discrediting an opposing opinion to prove them wrong, rather than engaging in an intellectual conversation that proves their point. It is possible for these two devices to exist in the same space, without it becoming some illusory competition.
We all have opinions. Some are more divisive than others. But let’s not start pretending that opinions are right or wrong. It is possible to acknowledge and sometimes respect a contrary opinion. There is no such thing as a “fan boy”, just ignorant subordinates to some deceptive, corporate entity with their blinders firmly strapped to their heads.