What I'm saying is that you didn't have to invest that 250$ (I did fine with only ever having to buy two things for either of my XBOXs and PS3: DVI connector cable (I don't have a TV) and hard drives, all in all amounting to about 80$ for each system. I also bought an extra controller for each, so another 30~40$ (I didn't buy one for each xbox, that would be silly)) and if we go by that sort of pricing argument, we would have to probably point at the Wii as being crazy expensive and evil for how it operates to take your money (far worse than XBOX or PS3): original controllers cost 40$, you then (several years later) more or less had to buy a Motion+ at another 30$. Thats 70$ for one controller! You're going to NEED nun-chucks, and each of those are 30$. Say you have four controllers (since the system is largely designed for multiplayer), thats a pretty steep 300$ just for controllers. Now do you want to play a fighting game? Time to buy a classic controller, or four. That's another hefty chunk of money. Gonna need batteries for every one of those controllers too...Mimsofthedawg said:So you're saying that an extra $250 is a weak argument? The fact that you had to invest a couple hundred dollars MORE into the Xbox 360 for what the PS3 gave you for free is irrelevant? I think that's rather absurd logic.
It's like buying a car and saying, "I'm not going to care about fuel economy!" when in reality, buying a fuel efficient car can pay for another car in savings over time.
The argument is fine in and of itself but its not actually a forced buy on anything and if we were to argue on those lines you'd have a Wii that has an 800+$ price tag too. You only ever really needed to buy a hard drive, connectors, and possibly one extra controller for any of the systems. For the XBOX and PS3 that was about 120$ on top of market price. At best you tacked on another 50$ for Live if you needed it (and I didn't for the longest time, now I have two years worth of it for around 60$). Suffice it to say, I spent more on keeping the Wii up-to-date and running than on either of the bigger consoles; the difference between the later two in price coming down to mostly their market prices. The PS3 was about 50~100$ more expensive and still remains as such.
Also, I'm not sure if the car argument works in this case.