Fact 1: Piracy on the PC is an enormous problem /piracy on consoles is virtually non-existent
I know a guy here in Ottawa who does PS2 and Xbox mods. He's doing dozens a week. Trust me, there are a lot of technically minded people out there who are pirating console games. Maybe it isn't as bad as PCs, but it is still there.
Fact 2: There are no hardware compatibility issues with consoles
OK, well I will give you this one. Consoles are "closed platforms" and that does make development and testing easier.
Fact 3: Console games are finished before they are shipped; not through patches
Everyone's beloved Xbox Live is changing this though. Now that games can be patched, many Xbox games are shipping with show stopper bugs. Did you hear about the latest Wrestlemania game from THQ that shipped with broken online play? You had to login to Live and get a patch to play online. Morrowind I have been told also shipped with a number of bugs. In the next generation when every console is online out of the box, you watch.
Fact 4: PC gamers are hardcore; i.e. grumpy old bastards who complain about every little thing and do so very loudly, usually after they pirated the game they are bitching about.
Yes, that's true, but honestly I think it is gamers in general who are like that. I've seen enough forums for console games that are just as filled with whiners. Many gamers are still young kids who feel they are owed the universe and will use their computer as a shielf to complain in ways they wouldn't have the balls to do in person. PC gamers do tend to be more vocal, but I think the mentality is with gamers in general.
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