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People have to justify their inability to play a game because it's on a console they can't afford (or their parents won't/can't buy for them), so at that point the quality of the game becomes irrelevant to them. The mental ego defense switch kicks in and shuts down all that embarrassing excitement and desire for something they cannot have. Fierce justification of what they do have ensues along side it. This is one of the primary roots of fanboyism.

The internet has only amplified this by connecting such troubled individuals with like-minded others in the same boat, and making them feel secure in numbers. Factions gather and suddenly cost or quality becomes irrelevant as a mental block forms around a particular console, handicapping the individual from clear thinking on the subject. And this is how cults are formed.