Addicted-Gamers <3 Week: Our Favorite Consoles
Go onto the internet for five minutes and you’re bound to see at least one argument debating the merits of the processing power of a PlayStation 3 over the Xbox 360. We thought we should add to the debate by telling you what our favorite consoles are. Tell us what your favorite consoles are in the comments- whether you agree or disagree.
Bradley’s Favorite Console – Nintendo Gamecube
Game consoles can’t be sexy, can they? Well Nintendo’s purple box looks damn fine even today. That’s not even taking into account the games on the system. Many will argue that the SNES and the N64 (for this argument, you need only scroll down a bit) had a better library and that the Gamecube wasn’t even the greatest of its generation and they’re right. The Gamecube isn’t the best but that may be why it’s my favourite.
It’s the plucky underdog with unique games you couldn’t find anywhere else (Rouge Squadron II, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Luigi’s Mansion and lest we forget Twilight Princess) and it was damn affordable. It undercut both the Xbox and PS2 and, whilst the sales weren’t great, it indicated that Nintendo weren’t afraid to take risks when it came to pricing and this strategy paid off in abundance with the Wii.
I haven’t got on to the little things. I love the little things. These things defined a childhood: the feel of the controller, the startup noise, the little click of the trigger buttons. It had a real identity and wasn’t a cumbersome black box in the corner of the room. It was sleek, it had style and it paved the way for things to come.
Chris’ Favorite Console – Playstation 3
This was a hard decision for me to make. Such nostalgia accompanies my memories of the Super Nintendo, N64, and Playstation, the consoles that I grew up with. However, when making this decision I tried to put nostalgia to the side as much as possible and just decide which system has given me the most enjoyment overall, and when it came down to it my answer was the Playstation 3.
The PS3 has given me some of the best video game experiences of my life, whether they be exclusive to the system or not. For instance, my favorite game of all time, Uncharted 2, which you might have read about yesterday, is a PS3 exclusive. The PS3 has some of my favorite exclusive titles of all time, including: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Heavy Rain, the Resistance trilogy, Journey, Metal Gear Solid 4, and Afrika (don’t laugh).
Another thing that I love about the PS3 is its online component. Now I’m not going to sit here and say that they have a better online service than the Xbox 360, but I will say that it’s better for me personally. I don’t play a whole lot of online multiplayer so when I do decide to play, it’s nice to be able to just jump on for free and play for a few hours until I’m content. I don’t play online enough to really justify paying a monthly or yearly fee. I also find the Playstation Network easier to navigate than Xbox Live, but that’s just personal preference.
I also love that the PS3 has a blu-ray player built into it, and when it comes to consoles it is still home to the best looking games, graphically speaking. There are just so many things I love about the PS3 and what it can do, but when it comes down to it the games are what really matter, and it’s because of the PS3’s fantastic game library that it secures its place as my favorite console of all time
Eileen’s Favorite Console – Nintendo 64
You know… I’m not even sure what I’m supposed to write here. I suppose I could talk about my childhood memories, but I’m far from a child now and still greatly enjoy the games for this console. You didn’t have to be a child to enjoy it at the time of its release either. It’s the N64. It was a complete revolution in home video game consoles. It was the first major host platform for the transition to 3D gaming. Even by today’s standards, it had one of, if not, the most successful market entrances in history. With less than half a dozen launch titles.
It had Super Mario 64. It had the original Super Smash Bros. It had Mario Kart 64, Mario Tennis, Pokémon Stadium, Kirby and the Crystal Shards. It had The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. Most of these games have been remade and are still popular in their own right. And all of these series are still going strong almost a decade later.
Doesn’t that kind of speak for itself? Yes, yes it does. Next.
Mike’s Favorite Console – The Local Arcade
I’m going to cheat. Yes, I’ve loved my Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega, and Sony consoles over the years, but if I am answering truthfully, I’m an arcade rat.
When I was an eight-year-old in Hawaii, I’d take my allowance and ride my bike to the arcade. I’d use the Force to take down wireframe Tie Fighters and Death Stars. I’d run cars off the road with oil slicks in my G-1655 Interceptor while the Peter Gunn theme played. I’d flip crabs, flies, and turtles upside-down in sewers with a certain mustachioed Italian plumber who hadn’t quite become a household name yet.
1991 changed everything. Street Fighter II was released and it was probably the most influential arcade game of all time. It was everywhere. In high school, we would hang out at the local quickie mart after school and pound each other with the eight respective World Warriors. Over the years, I would head down to the local mall arcade and spend all day taking on any and all challengers. It was a common sight to walk into an arcade and see quarters lined up marking one’s turn in the order.
The greatest times though, were the days when my buddies and I would travel to arcades up and down Western Washington looking for competition on a variety of fighting games. Those were some amazing times. It would only make sense that I would end up working in an arcade as well.
Alas, video game arcades are dinosaurs, nearly extinct, and console gaming finally surpassed arcade games in quality, how quickly games can be ported to consoles, and with high-speed internet, the need to go out and play against other gamers. Though I do believe that Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network provide a superb online experience that lets gamers reach out to other gamers like never before, there’s just something about being at the arcade at the height of the fighting game experience. Making new friends, or enemies as I seemed really good at doing, was part of the appeal.
I miss the days of beating someone’s ass in the local arcade, racking up wins, pulling off insane combos, or those battles where it’s all tied up and it comes down to one final attack. There’s a generation of people in this world that will never see the inside of a video game arcade. How the world has changed.