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Buying a new console is almost exactly like buying a new car. There are multiple options, and even though they all do the same thing, each one does it slightly differently. To some extent, it makes a statement about you, too. But there is no wrong choice -- just the choice that feels best to you -- and if you wind up buying one that looked good at first but winds up not being the right fit, you can sell it or trade it in and get a different one that suits you more. It's important that you consider your choice, but it's not a forever, life-altering decision from which there is no return. And if you want a second car, that's expensive, but you can do that, too. The only real differences are that a car is a hell of a lot more useful, and a console is a hell of a lot cheaper.
For the record, no game has ever been improved by someone saying "your game sucks" to a developer. Be detailed & polite in your feedback.
Next time you're in an online lobby with someone who is being a jerk, just ask them to stop. They will attack you, and then you can mute them in good conscience. But the good you do by setting an example to the rest of the lobby is immeasurable.
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There are several maxims about communication. "You get more flies with honey than vinegar." "It's not what you say, it's how you say it." "Treat others as you would like to be treated." Their persistence comes from the truth of that shared wisdom. Why, then, does so much feedback from gamers take the form of snipes, barbs, attacks, insults, or insinuations? I never get far if I open a conversation with "You're an idiot" or "When exactly did you decide to ruin this game and both of our lives?" And yet that's what people do to me all the time. Sarcasm is not the social currency that some people think it is. You've got opinions; you've got questions; you've got criticisms; you've got feedback. All of that is valid – ALL of it. But here's my reminder, for the record: You get more flies with honey than vinegar. It's not what you say, it's how you say it. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Let's try it and see where it goes.