As we sit on the eve of Sony’s PlayStation 4 being sold to the public, and Microsoft prepares to enter the fray with the Xbox One, gamers are forced to ask themselves some serious questions: which console’s exclusive offerings are more tempting? Which hardware seems to hold the most potential, or is most open for developers? And most importantly, how do they cut those friends and family members who disagree with their decision out of their lives completely?
It seems that torturous question has even made its way to schoolchildren of South Park, who stand on the eve of their own video game adventure. But we’d argue that after weeks, months, and even years of console loyalists waging a war of words, the South Park cast puts the debate to rest like only Trey Parker and Matt Stone can.
Sure, it seems contradictory to say that gamers may have had it better with fewer consoles to choose from; but would video game enthusiasts spend hours on the playground or inside office buildings publicly humiliating one another for preferring the Super Nintendo to the Sega Genesis? Of course not. But things have changed, and as the brief clip above shows, nothing brings out exaggerated claims like a console war.
As self-professed gamers, South Park creators Parker and Stone seem to recognize that controller preference or multimedia services aren’t important enough to ruin a friendship, so we can only hope that more gamers caught up in the Xbox One/PS4 hyperbole will take the hint. But somehow, we doubt it.
Luckily Stan, Kyle, Cartman and the rest of their classmates won’t need to choose a side in the fight, since South Park: The Stick of Truth is set to be released on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. And although a next-gen release seems to be a key element in any self-respecting triple-A game release these days, Ubisoft is focused on making a game that fans of the Comedy Central series will respond to – even if they had to delay the launch to make that a reality.
Judging by the gameplay that we’ve seen ourselves, it seems that this level of commentary on role-playing games, fantasy storytelling, and video game structure in general is just the tip of the iceberg.
What do you think of the above clip? Have Parker and Stone once again silenced an entire debate with their satire, or do you think they’re overlooking some key parts of the debate? Share your thoughts in the comments.
The PlayStation 4 launches November 15, 2013, with the Xbox One following on November 22, 2013.
South Park: The Stick of Truth will release March 4, 2014 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
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