Its been a rather sobering experience for Sony of late. Not since a Vietnamese abattoir replaced its floor with steel grates and industrial sized air conditioning has shit hit the fan quite so consistently. The persistent rumours about the PS5’s build quality and concerns about overheating. The Last Of Us II’s premature reveal and May’s PS Plus exclusive games being as well received as a tounge kiss from a pangolin, which has lead to an online petition to boycott this month’s free games. With the PS5 shrouded in a fog of corporate annonimity and any new information regarding it’s existence being as elusive as Boris Johnson in a pandemic, is there cause for concern? Perhaps. Sony are a notoriously stubborn brand. Secretive and protective in their approach to communicating information to consumers. Yet their reluctance to project the usual Sony posturing that has become emblematic of the success of the Ps4 hasn’t gone unnoticed. This uncertainty however provokes the insufferable engagement of rival “fans” and defence from “supporters”. The amplifiers of discord and bluster.
When it comes to gaming fanatics, with a preferential exclusivity to one gaming device, rational thinking just up and disappears like Carol Baskins husband. The sordid “rivalry” between PlayStation and Xbox is extensive as it is stupid. Not to mention beneficial for both parties. Two rival companies, vying for your patronage don’t much care for your allegiance. Unless that loyalty is financially beneficial. So of course this incites the eternal, yet asinine “console war”. A skirmish instigated with as much logic as an M Night Shamalan movie and diologue to match. You have the “Xbots”, recently sentient beings, in a network programmed to antagonise, enhanced by its own belligerence. Then you have the Sony “Pony’s” trotting in like Princess Ann at an Olympic dressage competition. Gesturing with their pipes, stroking their beards and regaling their contemporaries with tales of their exploits in some great, narrative driven single player game. Discussing the deep philosophical significance of a Sony exclusive and how those Xbox acolytes will never play them! Nor the poultry, mediocre games available on PS Plus every month.
Corroboration. Logical reasoning. Civility. All take a back seat when these keyboard warriors instigate the internets most absurd rivalry: one between gaming companies. Which invariably attracts the attention of a far more fiendish and condescending element of the gaming industry: the entitled opinions of elitist PC gamers.
Well done guys. Well done!