5. Nintendo vs. Sony vs. Microsoft vs. Sega
Years from now, when gaming finally has a single platform that streams games straight from a moon base into our brains, we’re going to sit our grandchildren down. “I survived…,” we’ll say, fireplace light flickering on our face, our progeny’s faces wide with awe, “the console wars.”
Because seriously, this stuff is crazy. At one time, all four companies were at each other’s throats, pushing hardware and engaging in an arms race for exclusive titles. Poor Sega couldn’t even handle it and now they just make Sonic spin-off games! That’s what the console wars did to them! They’re broken! And the fans are rabid supporters of their brand, with no hesitation in slandering the competition. Nothing is off limits, from fair criticisms like online support, controller ergonomics, and game libraries, to more brutal things like how weird Reggie is, how evil Microsoft is, or how your credit card information is basically written on your forehead when you choose Sony. When these arguments are gone, we’ll probably miss them. Just not as much as all the limbs we lost in post-E3 fallouts over the years.