"Competition is always healthy."
That's precisely the reason why these PlayStation vs. Xbox wars are actually a good thing, according to Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida.
During a recent GameSpot interview , Yoshida said such a battle is "best for the industry and consumers;" it creates a back-and-forth scenario where one competitor attempts to match and subsequently top the other. Then again, you don't want your opponents to do too well. Said Yoshida:
"So I don't want Microsoft or Nintendo to be totally unsuccessful. At the same time, I don't want them to be totally successful [laughs]. So I think we can kind of help each other by healthy competition."
Of course, it helps if we can keep such debates civil. When they slide into the realm of hostile immaturity, nobody really benefits because gamers just come across as egocentric douchebags. We get the general competition concept, though.