Chances are that you’re a gamer with either an Xbox One or a Playstation 4. Perhaps you have a gaming PC instead. Either way most of us only have one game system and therefor limit our experiences immensely. How does this affect being a gamer? Well, I’m going to talk a little bit about that.
Growing up I’ve been pretty lucky. My parents worked good jobs and so I was able to have a Nintendo 64 and a Playstation 1. I loved playing Banjo-Kazooie on my N64 and switching over to Driver after a little while, but I always wondered why they didn’t make the games on both systems. Now that I’m older I understand that it comes down to ownership and publishing and a lot of other marketing and legal things, but it doesn’t make it any easier on us.
Most of us are stuck with a choice and primarily it’s like a political stance. Democrat or Republican? Xbox or Playstation? It’s almost always one or the other, thankfully they’re both great choices, but we’re not here for political reasons so I’ll leave that out. Many gamers make their choices based on their experiences with previous systems from the same company and others decide based on exclusive games. This is one major reason why games are, occasionally, exclusive. It drives console sales.
There are 393 exclusive PS4 games. Think about that, 393 games that you cannot play if you decided to buy an Xbox One. What’s worse is that a lot of them are amazing titles. Horizon: Zero Dawn, God of War, The Last of Us (my all time favorite game), Sly Cooper, Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, Uncharted, Killzone, and so many more are only available on Playstation consoles. Buying an Xbox One and not being able to play Horizon: Zero Dawn is just a shame.
On the other hand there are 146 Xbox One exclusive games. This is muddled a bit by the Xbox Play Anywhere program, bringing some of these games to PC as well through the Xbox app, but I digress. Games like Halo, Gears of War, Forza, Ryse, Titanfall, Dead Rising, Sunset Overdrive, and 100+ other games are inaccessible to the gamers who chose Playstation. What are gamers to do?
Unfortunately, if you want the full experience you pretty much have to buy them all. It sucks shelling out so much money so you can play Halo or The Last of Us, but they’re amazing games that should be enjoyed. Obviously, if you’re not into certain games on one console or the other it might not bother you that much, but I view myself as a hardcore gamer. I want to experience it all. I want to jump from Ratchet and Clank and into Gears of War and after I get bored of that I’ll hop on Age of Empires II HD for some PC action. I don’t view myself as a fanboy of any console, only as a gamer. And as a gamer I have to buy one of each console in every generation, otherwise I’m missing out on great titles.
To show you exactly what I mean my wife and I have an Atari, NES, N64, PS1, PS2, 2 PS3’s, PS4, 4 original Xbox’s (No idea where most of them came from, just kinda showed up.), 2 360’s, Xbox One, Wii U, 2 3DS’s, and 2 gaming PC’s. We’ve spent an insane amount of money over the years because this is what we love. We’re gamers ’til we die.
There’s never going to be an end to console exclusives, they’ve been around forever and they’ll stay around. No amount of complaining is going to change that and I know that it sucks to spend so much money on these consoles to have to just turn around and basically double it so you can experience it all, but to me, it’s worth it.
P.S. I know I didn’t show Nintendo love in this article, but I refuse to buy a Switch until Mario comes out. See what I mean about exclusives selling consoles?