I saw this coming from a mile away, actually. It's clear Microsoft's always cared about money more than their devoted players, Xbox Live Gold proves that by itself.
Nintendo's turn to the casual (back when the Wii was announced) actually somewhat surprised me. It might have been because of how much of a failure the GameCube turned out to be, despite it being aimed so much towards hardcore gamers. But with the 3DS coming out, it appears as if Nintendo's finally done making garbage games (even their latest casual games seem somewhat fun, more fun than their previous ones, that's for sure). So, I've forgiven them for abusing my gaming experience this generation. Plus, the DS was a magnificent system.
While Nintendo's my favorite, I really think Sony is the most hardcore of the Big 3, at least right now. They might have also jumped on to the motion controller bandwagon, but at least they didn't make as much of a big deal about it as Microsoft and Nintendo did. Plus, I hear theirs actually works, not that I'm going to get it.
Now, to end my post, here are some fun facts:
THE MORE YOU KNOW.
Oh, and one final point. If you bought a 20GB 360 new, and paid $100 for that tumor you stick in the back of it so that you can get a wireless connection, you'd only need one or two yearly subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold before you've paid more for your 360 than it would to buy a 20GB PS3 on its release date, as super-expensive as that price was to some people.
I'm done now.
Well I need to buy a bloody new monitor because Sony won't support 16:10 scaling (oh wait, forgot it doesn't even have a scaler inside it).
While I want one, it would cost like 600 dollars for me.