I can't blame these kids for not having any brand loyalty. My loyalty to Nintendo was betrayed by their complete and utter lack of decent RPGs for the N64. Quest 64 was utter garbage and Paper Mario came out 5 years after the console was released. And yes, I am still a little bitter.
I thought Paper Mario was phenomenal. I only got to rent it back in the day, but it was only a three day rental and by the end of that rental period, I had exactly 34 hours and 34 minutes clocked. It was a long time ago of course, so I don't remember if I had beat it or not. I'm thinking not, because I do remember begging my mom to let me rent it for another three days, but she didn't let me.
It think the reason I loved it was because it was such a unique game. I do own the second one on for the Gamecube, I love that one as well. I need to get the Wii one, I rented it once, but I ended up not having the time to actually play it.
I still think brand loyalty still exists, but in a way that has been around since Nintendo and the first Sega console. Whatever one people decide the buy is the one they have loyalty to, because they don't have the money to buy one of the other systems to see what it is like. So, these people create an air about them, that their console is better.
I'm a little guilty of that, and I think most people are.
But if I truthfully had to state how I feel about gaming, all the consoles and the PCs. If I had the money to buy the me all, I would enjoy them all. I'm the type of gamer that would play it all if I could.
I have a PC that runs only old games(games before 2007).
I have every Nintendo console and device up to the Wii and the DS Lite.
I also have an old PSP(won that in a poker tournament a few years back, probably wouldn't have bought it on my limited funds.)
I also have an Xbox 360.
Right now I mostly into my 360 because that is what I'm interesting in at the moment, I'm a sucker for achievements. I'm doing my best get through Mass Effect then move on to two in preparation for three. I also still play on my DS Light daily, Pokemon White, and a few lost GBA games that I found recently(Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Wario Land 4, and Advanced Wars).
When I have the money I don't discriminate much on what games I play and what platforms I get them for.
I play games of just about every genre and type.
But I do have my old Nintendo nostalgia, and that will never go away. I'm also not the type of person to sell games and systems when they get old. When I have kids, I want them to see what their dad enjoyed back in the day. Or I could be like the cool grandpa that has fun things that seem like obscure pieces of history.(My grandpa has this weird, large, single game handheld that has a little joystick and it is like a weird version of Pac-man, but the mover is a green circle, that the player moves around and gets the little dots, no ghosts it is just timed. It has the graphics and sound effects of those old black screen computers that had just green or orange-yellow type. I don't remember what the game was called. It was addictive like pac-man.)
I lost my train of thought, so I will end this here. I will add that Nintendo does need to remember the people that grew up with them and start throwing us a few games of our liking.