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Hype and Gripe: The Nextgen Transition and How To Stay Classy
Posted on Monday, March 18 2013 @ 09:28:02 PST

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Is anyone ready for the fanboy hype train that is coming? This gen's console wars have settled down some since their heyday when originally released, but as shown by some of the articles featured in the news feed, we will soon see a plethora of hype for their own products/software and ridiculing the competition. It is somewhat refreshing to see PCs on the defense against the console manufactures as they weren't competitive only five years ago, but that was mostly related to the overall high price of a PC last-gen that has now evened out. Plus, taking a shot at PCs is easy since there is only Gabe Newell to defend it, but he generally only defends Steam.

PS4 is equal or greater than current PCs

Not necessarily true, as would Jonathan Blow have you believe, but not necessarily wrong either. Yes, the current base specifications for the PS4 are better than the average big box bought PC. Why people buy those PCs when there are such great deals available and a much more DIY friendly market to build with is inexplicable other than people are lazy and uninformed. But the two most played games IN THE WORLD only require the most basic of rigs. I personally have played
WoW and LoL for 2 plus years running on a basic hp with integrated hd4200. I just recently upgraded to a new rig, but was it necessary to play those games and some of the similar FTP/Facebook games? No, not really. But big box stores are improving as PCs have gained momentum and grow in the market by allowing rig customization on their websites, but are still woefully underpowered

People with specialized rigs are the minority. So yes, first-party devs are going to throw out quotes that say their system is better than a PC, because when compared to the average PC and average user, it is. And if you think devs are just flaming on PCs now, wait until nextbox is announced.

How to handle the Hype and Gripe gravy train

GR has to post anything that is considered news. Understandable, as they are a journalism website, but frustrating too since as soon as nextbox is announced we probably will see increased traffic and increased trolling. We've already seen it with the PS4 announcement. The one thing I love about this site is the dedication that its users have. Not too many places have what we have here, but once the information starts flowing it's going to get pretty edgy here. When it comes it's hard to take the high road against these flamers.

Ignore the Michael Pachters of the World - Speculation is exactly what it means. That's what Mr. Pachter is paid to do and why he ever gets put in the news feed for his comments on here I will never understand. What he says always sounds inflammatory, but that's because he is always speaking towards the overall broad market gaming is becoming. And again, its all speculation. Ignore it. It's not news; it's speculation.

Respond In Kindness - This is a tougher one and sounds kinda cheesy, but oh well. In my opinion in reading the news feed pretty consistently over the years, even the GR crew is having a tough time not flaming some of the speculation coming out. Look at the sh!t they give Pachter. Why encourage such hate from your users? Let the crazy coot be and spend more time discussing actual news and issues. This goes for users too. Not everyone is a special, smart cookie, but allow their opinions. You'll miss there oddball responses once the trolls move in.

Don't Pick Sides - And this one is even tougher. Everyone has either has a prefered platform, or is generally open to them all. For the most part I consider us all to be educated, dedicated individuals who use information as tool to develop productive, conscious decisions in purchasing, promoting and defending a product. Try your best to continue to do so and to remain positive with others who aren't as informed. Being a prick can feel good, but over time I personally have found that the way I just treated someone didn't help them make a good purchase or promote higher discussion.

The opinions expressed here does not necessarily reflect the views of Game Revolution, but we believe it's worthy of being featured on our site. This article has been lightly edited for grammar and image inclusion. It has been submitted for our monthly Vox Pop competition. You can find more Vox Pop articles here. ~Ed. Nick
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