This . This, right here . This is why gaming journalists will never get any respect.

We recently ran an article that warned readers against misinterpreting opinion as facts because apparently, only loud-mouthed fanboys get any sort of attention in the realm of so-called video game journalism. Typically, the world of gaming news continues forward in much the same way it always has; we scan around, field the press releases in our inbox, try to find interesting scoops online, etc, etc, etc. But the recent trend, which apparently began with a new rash of PS3 hate – fueled entirely by jealousy – has assaulted the Internet, and we're already feeling the negative effects. You know, when narrow-minded idiots make certain inane proclamations in an ill-advised attempt to present their opinion as fact, everyone suffers. Now, they're actually trying to prove a point with completely irrelevant statistics!

Okay, here's a concept that everyone – everyone – needs to comprehend and accept. The Xbox 360 launched one year before the PlayStation 3. It has a larger user base. Depending on the source you use, Sony has sold between 18 and 20 million PS3s and Microsoft has sold between 26 and 28 million 360s. Now, we won't bother to show the obvious closing of the gap in the past two years; we'd rather stick to the point: when there are 8-10 million more of one particular console out there, the sales numbers for the corresponding software will reflect that gap. Therefore, this isn't anything like comparing the software sales between systems with equal user bases, and that instantly alters the numbers. This is fact #1. Here's fact #2: evidently, the only argument the Xbox loyalists have left revolves around sales numbers . And they're desperately trying to cling to it like a drowning fanboy clings to the life raft that's moments away from heading over the waterfall (God, if only).

Obviously, nothing else matters. No other aspect of the system comes into play. Blu-Ray doesn't matter. A free PlayStation Network doesn't matter. PlayStation Home doesn't matter. Faaaar better reliability doesn't matter. Hell, even the games don't matter. Has anyone been able to locate an equally retarded anti-PS3, pro-360 article that even mentions games? Hell, and here I was thinking that this industry is all about the damn games . According to just about every last major publication on earth, the best games of 2008 were MGS4, GTAIV, Gears of War 2 , LittleBigPlanet , Left 4 Dead , Fallout 3 , Resistance 2 , Fable II , Valkyria Chronicles , Dead Space , and Devil May Cry 4 . Sure, it's subjective, but I doubt most normal, unbiased gamers will disagree with that list. I see four PS3 exclusives, three 360 exclusives, and a bunch of multiplats; none of which were superior on the 360. And looking into 2009…yeah, we all know the PS3 has a gigantic advantage. We won't list off the games again.  But let's just say that most all the games everyone is talking about right now – Killzone 2, God of War III, Gran Turismo 5 – are PS3 exclusives, and the others are multiplats.  Are there any 360 exclusives that are in the impending spotlight?  Seriously… any at all?

But hey, why should that matter to video game journalists? Why bother to use statistics that will equal out the argument? No, let's just include those that support our end of the argument, because the truth of the matter is, we're either high school or college kids pretending to be "journalists" but failing to cover up the obvious bias. Yeah, MGS4 has been "pushed" into the background. Sure, why even bother to entertain the notion that it outstrips anything on the 360? I'm not saying it does , but I guess sales are all that matter. Yeah, Prologue was just a demo so it must've sucked and GT5 might not come out until 2010…which immediately means it's not ever coming out, so who cares. LBP didn't perform so well in sales…despite selling 1.3 million copies so far (and despite a typically terrible Sony advertising campaign) and scoring higher on average than every last 360 game in 2008 with the exception of GeoW2. Blu-Ray? Yeah, who needs high-def movies and games? The Network is free but we'd rather pay for what amounts to the same service these days.

Reliability? Bah. Just because everyone you talk to says they're on their 63rd 360 doesn't mean anything! Hey, just as a final question; something to chew on here: that 8-10 million gap in user base…how many of those sold 360s are second, third, and fourth purchases from the same consumer because their previous console crapped out? I know warranties and the like will take care of some of them, but they can't possibly take care of all of them. Anyway, we apologize for the rant, but we're getting sick and tired of the irresponsible, horrendously biased, and completely unprofessional "articles" that we're seeing online.

You know, this is the reason why I'm oftentimes embarrassed to say I'm a video games reporter amongst other journalists. Because children , like the ones at Gaming Target, screw me over .

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vallador2
vallador2
12 years ago

I totally agree with what your saying.

wasim
wasim
12 years ago

Sites like EDGE/EUROGAMER/1up/GAMESPOT/GAMETRAILERS/VARIETY should be perma banned from reviewing PS3 games

i mean such an amount of hate????

shame on you bas*****

www
www
12 years ago

True,Eurogamer tops that list.
Eurogamer=360 fanboy

rell
rell
12 years ago

vallador2 u know what I think cause more hostility towards ps3fanboy is because kz2 is coming out next month getting high praises, actually theres one site is a xboxfanboy site who gave good reviews on kz2 , and xboxfanboys are pissed off because kz2 disscusion was on there site I found this info in the official playstation blog.

ec0li
ec0li
12 years ago

Yeesh! A little too premature don't you think? How can the PS3 be "Done" if it's still getting AAA games in 2010?(if the GodOfWar3 Q1 2010 is to be believed) Who can really ignore 20 mil PS3s and probably another 10 mil more for 2009 if the PS3 coninues its 10 mil a year trend? High profile games are going to continue on the PS3 for at least another 3 years I believe. Done? Not by a longshot.

wasim
wasim
12 years ago

PS3 i think is around 22m consoles sales worldwide by december 2008. X360 at the same time in its lifecycle was at 16m last year.

x360 is done i should say
ps3 will win the console war when the price drops to 200$. sales will ignite with a 300$ price tag and KZ2

ec0li
ec0li
12 years ago

@Wasim

The numbers that were thrown around during CES was 28mil 360 vs 20mil PS3 shipped as of the end of 2008. Out of the 28mil from 360, take out 5 mil which was from its 1st year. That leaves you 23 mil. That 23 mil is actually the 360's sales at the same time the PS3 has been out. So if you compare the two consoles, the 360 has sold close to 3 mil more than the PS3 at the same time frame. This is all besides the point though. The main thing is the PS3 has sold enough consoles and will continue selling. There is just no way developers would ignore millions of gamers ready to buy great games especially with the lineup for 2009.

dveisalive
dveisalive
12 years ago

PS3 or should I say Sony has alot of haters, most of them are 360 fanboys PERIOD, who defend there old outdated system!

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

And then the Dbags like you. Who only support Sony.

ps92117
ps92117
12 years ago

are you ok with this shadow

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
12 years ago

The 360 has nothing more to offer, it's outdated.

What they're gonna keep releasing Halo forever lol?

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

^^^Dumbest post ever.

Jove
Jove
12 years ago

It's all about staying neutral. Something seemingly imposible for us. Oh and we can't let video game be the center of our lives. Otherwise we'll get all crazy when someone comes with a different opinion than ours. I mean Im a movie buff and all but if someone says 'hey I think the dark knight sucks' then Im like "cool, that movie didn't have what you were looking for in a movie, which is fine.". I mean please it's not like you can be a Paramount loyalist or Warner Bros loyalist or anything. This is ridiculous. Web 2.0 is truly something else. A giant cesspool of whatever you want it to be.

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
12 years ago

Joshua, calling people that only support sony douhe bags does absolutly nothing to calm the flames. It also shows that you are a fanboy that only came to this website for other reasons, OTHER than having CIVIL conversations about gaming in general.Your comments on this website have been rancid and pompous. PLEASE if you dont have anything positive to say or to conduce to this community; LEAVE.

@ To other users….

It is clear that a copious amount of users are at least somewhat baised. Calling the 360 "outdated" just attracts more 360 fanboys; trying to defend their system. PLEASE KEEP YOUR NEGATIVE COMMENTS TO YOURSELVES!

crapreviews
crapreviews
12 years ago

This is why i really only read articles from certain sites.

Just really is surprising the limits people goto to try to belittle something.

Advent Child
Advent Child
12 years ago

Well I can tell Ben has reached his final straw with these people.

rezenu
rezenu
12 years ago

AMEN.

Preach it.

Enough is enough already.

MirrorSoul
MirrorSoul
12 years ago

….I am up in arms with you Ben….Shit like that makes every GOOD gaming publication Site or Magazine look very biased and bad, WTF the PS3 is a faliure of a system……yet Sony has sold 19 million of them DESPITE the price.Yes I will admit I dont believe Sony can truly catch up with the 360 install base until thwy hit the magic $250 price tag but dammit they are far from Dead. Sony has hickuped a little in this generation by letting the PS3 run on the BrandName itself for the first full year thus not generating the sale they would of wanted but they now are in a stronger position and are ready to kick ASSS!!!
….This guy has a major confusion between OPINION and FACT, Screw him Im just gonna laugh at it because when you ask anyone around name 3 great games that you will only find on XBOX 360 thats not Halo, or Gears (even though we all know Gears is on PC already and Halo will be in another year or so) they begin to think…..and the think pretty damn hard and admit to me that I have a point.
….Just to wrap all this up PS3 is here to stay, and with Halo running dry, and Microsoft not having many other Big Name Exclusive comparable to names such as GOD of War, Grand Tourismo, Uncharted, Twisted Metal, Metal Gear Solid, along with others that will make there debute within the next year and a half and the economy where it is thus ensuring me that the next generation of consules will be put off till 2011 – 2012 at the least, Sony will eventually have that BIG BOOM of sales we all have been waiting for, and I can trust you this will all begin with KillZone 2


Last edited by MirrorSoul on 1/14/2009 11:18:09 PM

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

lol im not even going to start.

MirrorSoul
MirrorSoul
12 years ago

Please Start if you do have valid points my good sir, its my god honest opinion to why that article is total bull.


Last edited by MirrorSoul on 1/15/2009 6:17:49 AM

Murdi
Murdi
12 years ago

Off topic:

Please tell me that Joshua360 (?) is banned.. Please.

SHADOW
SHADOW
12 years ago

Do you not see how banning someone based soley on the fact that he disagrees with you is exactly how these fanboy-fueled-flame wars start. He has crossed a line several times and has been warned. In general he is a valuable active member of this site. Unlike others who post 5 times in 3 months and then feel they have a right to ask for some one else to be banned. Think before you speak.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

=]

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Hah, that was ice cold.

ps92117
ps92117
12 years ago

shodow you back . though I agree with murdi and you can't say the same about me. well anyway you wan't to see why this fanboyism is reached limits, go to the playstation youtube channel, there is one guy that has devoted his life literally to post anti ps3 comments (every minute or so he post a new comment all directly attacks on ps3,he goes on with this from 8am to 3pm I have checked, so far 7/30/365 he changes his account every month to avoid getting in trouble) I am sure our side does the same. oh joshua should be given one last chance to redeem himself.

SHADOW
SHADOW
12 years ago

You at least participate within the community if you want to talk mess about Josh go for it (EDIT: within limits obviously). I just don't like someone who posts a comment once a month or so calling for someone to be banned. And as I've said before I don't think a stupider group of people exists than that of the "Youtube commenters"

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Some comments on youtube make me lose hope in humanity.

Advent Child
Advent Child
12 years ago

I lost hope in humanity a long time ago Josh.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

It happens right?

Jed
Jed
12 years ago

Unfortunately, it is happening more and more lately

somethingrandom
somethingrandom
12 years ago

Okay, I think it's time for you to send me your plans for the assassination. I'll be ready at a moments notice, for any and all actions required.

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
12 years ago

Kids will be kids, i suppose. Thats why i stopped googling for ps3 news and keep this site bookmarked.
Thanks Ben for always posting well written articles backed up with facts and statistics, even if they arent always in the ps3's favor.
I find it interesting that in many of the past few articles you mention how you were playing through GeoW2 and how awesome it was. Have you ever seen these "journalists" telling their readers how much fun a game is on the other console?

somethingrandom
somethingrandom
12 years ago

Yeah, I've also long had it bookmarked (since early 2007).

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

I have it to. Always entertaining.

Jed
Jed
12 years ago

He'll, it's my second home page. Only after my after my e-mail

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

I went threw alot of hard times lately..This site helps alot with keeping my mind of things.

PS3_Wizard
PS3_Wizard
12 years ago

Whats the hard times? Biting you fingernails as you watch the PS3 creep closer to the sales of your favorite system, and starting to understand that all the bad things you said about the PS3 aren't true?

Arvis
Arvis
12 years ago

Wizard, don't be a jackass.

Video games are always a great way to keep our mind off our problems, even if only for a little bit. I'm going through a pretty rough time myself, but when I come to this site, all I'm thinking about is "Hey, this is interesting news…" and sometimes "Wait, have I designed enough ads so far today? (<– my job)" ūüėÄ

-Arvis

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

No both my parents died and my girlfriend who was pregnant had a miscarriage.

Why dont you think before you speak. Just a thought.

Aftab
Aftab
12 years ago

I hope you were just giving a hypothetical for him to check his assumptions, but if not…my sincerest condolences.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Thanks…

I try not to bring it up or think about it. Lets just disuse games on here tho ok? Thanks for the kind words tho.

Aftab
Aftab
12 years ago

Whatever you need, guy. Cease-fire from my side, and best wishes.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Af

Im more thick skinned then most people here (babies wanting me banned)

If I say something and you disagree don't hesitate to lash out. But you have sure gained more respect from me.

Tatsujin
Tatsujin
12 years ago

I believe that Ben just s*** all over the fanboyism that has been going on. Good job Ben! And, as for journalists… this is why I don't listen to them, like I said before, if I like something IM making the decision to keep it.

Deathstriker
Deathstriker
12 years ago

POOR TO THE PLAYSTATION 3 PLAYER lol f*** xbox

anyways dude It's all you Ben. Don't be afraid say who you are lol

It's gotten way outta hand I don't know about anybody on here from the SC, but walk into wal-mart and say xbox suck's and them are fighting word's. I feel sorry for the Asain's who walk in there and because there what they are everyone assume's there with sony…

just last week i saw 2 dudes messing with some little boy cause he liked LPB…its all messed up

imma start carring a sword and get it printed "Your just mad cause my console was 1st" on it

Deathstriker
Deathstriker
12 years ago

ok mega mess up lol excuse my typing my keyboard's outt syn…its POWER TO THE PS3 PLAYER

Norman D
Norman D
12 years ago

seriously, I just registered now to tell you that you sir are a shining example to game journalists. It seems like half of what people call news these days is editorials of game "journalists" spouting their opinions on which console they like better as "facts" and you can see it everywhere with them writing entire articles devoted to talking about their own blatant fanboyism….the saddest part is that this is the kind of stuff that holds us all back this idealogical ignorance, being an intelligent gamer is hard because we seem to have this annoying, whiny, biased sibling that we'll always be associated with no matter how much more mature we are….

Jed
Jed
12 years ago

I know what you are talking about. That is the same reason I have been a supporter of this site. What really pisses me off are all the bloggers (like the guy who wrote that article about the ps3 being dead) being confused with real journalists like the great people at PSXE. Sorry about spelling, I'm typing with my iPhone


Last edited by Jed on 1/15/2009 3:46:57 AM

chicko1983
chicko1983
12 years ago

these types of articles from Xbox biased fanboys will make playing Killzone 2 on my ps3 even more enjoyable. Too bad the author wont be online for me to snipe him…

guincog
guincog
12 years ago

Why get so worked up over what some low rent blogger has to say about anything? It is the curse of N4G, really. Even the most worthless websites and worst articles get undeserved attention because fanboys hype up any article they can no matter whether the website in question has credibility or not.

In short; who really cares what fanboys have to say about anything? If a real website (i.e. not some stupid blog or confirmed fanboy cesspool … like this one) actually posts something, then get angry. Just think, if N4G didn't exist most of these lame ass wannabe blogs wouldn't even exist.