While 75% of mature gamers will instantly balk at the idea that anyone could even think one of the current big three could leave the world of gaming or gaming hardware in particular, there is that 25% that seem to think one of them will fall flat as the result of a financial misstep or poor business decision. What this minority seems to be unaware of is that each of these gaming giants have become so large that there’s almost no chance of them bowing out anytime soon.
The primary reason this discussion has even come up recently is because of a group of gamers that can best be described as “Chicken Little Fanboys” claiming that doom is in the future for one reason or another. We all know the story of Chicken Little, right? He’s the little chick that keeps telling everyone the sky is falling. We can safely say that the skies are clear for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo and the Chicken Littles out there can stop yelling. The PSN issues that Sony faced earlier this year might have been a hiccup, but Sony has shown they can recover. Microsoft’s critics seem to think that redirecting some focus towards the casual gaming crowd with Kinect is a bad idea. We’re not even sure how focus products on a highly lucrative portion of the consumer public is a bad idea.
Nintendo’s critics are attacking for exactly the opposite reason that Microsoft’s are. They seem to think that Nintendo’s focus on core gamers with the upcoming Wii U will alienate the casual consumer-base they’ve established with the Wii. The arguments that both Microsoft and Nintendo critics pose are the most illogical of the three concerns. Neither company is turning their back on the groups that have made them a success. Microsoft has proven they know shooters and will continue to churn out core titles while Nintendo has made it clear that franchises like Ninja Gaiden on the Wii U won’t overshadow the casual titles that helped to resurrect the Big N after some mediocre years with the Gamecube.
If you’re one of those gamers that scour the internet for the latest on your favorite company and have found that lately the news seems grim, just remember that there’s nothing to worry about. Just like the ratio of logical thinking gamers to fanboys mentioned above, the same can be said for “journalists”. Many writers have their favorites even if they don’t come out and say it. So despite all those articles you might have seen lately about the Wii U being doomed, Sony suffering irreparable damages over the PSN incident or Microsoft turning their backs on the ‘core’ gamer, none of the three players in gaming hardware are going anywhere. We’ve got plenty more great games to look forward in the future from all three. Put your bias aside for a minute and enjoy all the great games Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have in store.