I’m down for good games. I usually just get every game system as they arrive because I don’t want to miss out on anything good. I spend indiscriminantly and thus do not own my own home.
A friend asked me what I thought of the recent Edge article on the PS3 and Wii. It called them ‘disruptive technologies’ and asked me if I agreed with him. He though it marked the 360 as obsolete. I’ve just read it and, well, I couldn’t disagree more.
If anything, it renders both the Wii and PS3 as obsolete. For me. Simply put, I’m a gamer. I play loads of games, I fucking love them, I’m not bored of them and I don’t do anything else. I’m really fussy these days and I have less time than I used to, and that’s the same as everyone, but that doesn’t mean I’m looking to dramatically change the thing I enjoy the most in the world. I have finely honed my tastes for 30 years and I know precisely what I enjoy. Yes, I am looking for new and good games, but I still like the games I am playing now. I still enjoy the experience. And at the moment, only one platform is looking after me and my needs, and the needs of my friends, and that’s the Xbox 360.
It has the best pad BY FAR. The sticks are great and the triggers are great (the face buttons are at best average). And there is nothing wrong with today’s conventional pad. It lets me play games with my friends, who are everywhere. It lets me play the kind of games I enjoy. I am not bored of these games yet. And I’ve spent years learning how to play these games. I am good at them. I don’t have as much time I as used to so I’m not as good, but I can enjoy a competent level of skill with minimal effort. If you take that away from me and throw new control systems at me, I have to start again. I might not enjoy that. Also, I get enough fucking exercise, THANKS. I need downtime, not uptime.
I have a PC. That means I don’t need something to store movies and music, or to check the weather or my email, THANKS. I don’t do that shit on my console because the telly is a communal device. I need to let the rest of my house use it sometimes for the X Factor, which I definitely don’t watch (fuck off McDonald Brothers!).
In short, I am so fucking happy with my 360, and so dismayed by what the other machines are trying to sell me, I feel for the first time an affinity for a piece of hardware. It looks after me so well. Nintendo and Sony have changed. They don’t care about me anymore. They’re off out on the town, looking for new guys to get laid with. Fine. Off they go. I don’t need them. And I don’t need someone telling me that I need them. Because I don’t. I’m happy with good - I don’t need different.