We’re back with our “thinking about thinking” series! If you’re interested in our previous deep thoughts, check out the Metacognition series. Join us for some deep thoughts (and maybe the occasional not-so-deep thought) about gaming. If you find one you’d like to answer, you can either comment below or write a post and share the link so we can all read your fantastic thoughts!
Would you ever go off-brand (e.g., buy an Xbox, build a gaming PC, etc.)?
Why yes. Yes I would. I may go about it in a roundabout way, but I have no problem trying other brands, even though I do tend to have first-choice brands, if not exactly brand loyalty.
I actually recently picked up an Xbox 360 the other day, and it is nestled happily next to my Playstation 4. The reason, you may not be surprised to read, has to do with games more than hardware or anything else. The Xbox 360 has a bunch of games on it I want to play.
I know, right?
Remember how I’m playing Knights of the Old Republic? Well, that’s a PC game. I am not a PC gamer, and I found myself actually uncomfortable with the controls, with the camera often swinging wildly around or my character accidentally interacting with things when I meant to turn around. Sure, that’s totally my problem, but why suffer when I can play the game on a console?
So, in addition to my fancy new (used) Xbox 360 and wireless controller, I’ve recently added the following games to my to-play list:
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
- Jade Empire
- Fatal Frame (or Project Zero outside of the USA)
- Fable II
- Fable III
Oh, and I also picked up Lord of the Rings: The Third Age for GameCube, which is another console I don’t have but I’m cheating and using the Wii, so I’m not sure if that counts as going off-brand since I technically have Nintendo products…
At any rate, I’m pretty excited to dive into KotOR on a console this time, and hopefully feel a little more confident with my progress.
My number one rule when it comes to video games that they need to be fun, and your set-up needs to work for you. While “console wars” are good in terms of bringing business competition, which is good for the consumer, they can also lead to the dreaded fanboy or fangirl. We’re all here to game, we’re all here to have fun, and for me, if that means I’m playing on a Playstation, Xbox, a Nintendo console, or even a PC (it’s true), that’s what is important to me.
What about you? Would you ever consider going “off-brand” for a gaming device? What would convince you, if not? Do you think console wars are harmful, or just a necessary part of business taken to the extreme by consumers? Let me know in the comments!
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