Console wars have never really sense to me. They have been around for as long as the consoles themselves have been and I still can’t comprehend why people cannot just feel comfortable with their console purchase without having to bash other consoles. What is the point of arguing over hardware and plastic and bashing the console you don’t own? Why call one another Sony Ponies, Microsofties, and Nintendrones? Even though they serve no purpose, console wars and fanboy arguments have been prevalent for some time now. However, with the rise in popularity of PC gaming, what used to be console wars are now turning into console vs. PC arguments. Now we have people bashing consoles and supporting PC and vice versa.
I want to avoid stereotyping here, but it seems as if a large amount (not all) of PC gamers have an elitist attitude toward those who play on console. I’m sure I don’t have to remind you of the ever popular “Glorious PC Master Race” and “Console Peasant” memes. I think the biggest reason PC gamers feel entitled is that they can make games look as beautiful as they can get. PC gamers can put however much money they want into their PC to get games to run at their best and look their best. I bet plenty of PC gamers had rigs that were superior to the newest consoles before the PS4 and Xbox One even came out.
However, those PCs could have cost hundreds more than consoles and will need to be upgraded every now and then to be able to play new games while consoles can certainly have more longevity. Do you think a PC from 2005 could play Skyrim in 2011? Not without hundreds of dollars worth of upgrades. A console from 2005 could play Skyrim with no problem.
One of the biggest reasons console gamers believe their platform(s) are better because of price and ease of access. Having already been assembled and ready to purchase, consoles will always win over the hearts of casual gamers who don’t want to put the time, effort, and money into building their own PC. I know there are websites where you can choose the parts and someone else will build it for you, but the updating and upgrading needed in the future will turn most people towards easy to use consoles. Not to mention the little amount of effort it takes to transport a console room to room or share (physical copies of) games with your friends.
Modding is an area where PC are the clear winners. Modding is pretty easy and very popular on PC and is almost nonexistent on console. A game like Skyrim is still extremely popular because of the enthusiastic modding community. Mods can sometimes change an entire game into a different game.
Both console gamers and PC gamers believe that their chosen platform wins when it comes to exclusives. PC gamers point to Steam and the abundant amount of exclusive games offered, and they’re not wrong to. PCs without a doubt have plenty of games unavailable on console. But I think that consoles win out in this argument because Master Chief, Marcus Fenix (Microsoft), Pikachu, Mario (Nintendo), Kratos, and Nathan Drake (Sony) aren’t going to be making their way to PC any time soon. Consoles have the more iconic and popular exclusives. Halo, Pokemon, and Mario will always be more popular than PC exclusives like Civilization, Gary’s Mod, and Starcraft.
Now, having said that, I don’t want to undercut the popularity of MMOs and MOBAs, two genres that really shine on PC. Even though it requires a monthly subscription, World of Warcraft still has around seven million players. Free to play MOBA League of Legends had about 27 million players daily, and 67 million monthly, back in January, numbers that have surely grown since then.
I definitely think every gaming platform has its advantages and disadvantages. At the end of the day, no one really gives a shit if you play on a PlayStation, a Xbox, a PC, or if you’re a part of the Wii U Master Race (sarcasm intended). Just go and enjoy video games.