I think everyone here is familiar with the line of reasoning that says the Dreamcast was doomed, because Electronic Arts refused to support the platform. What I am not going to argue the merits of that logic one way or another. Personally I believe it was part of why that console failed, and Sega was subsequently forced to stop manufacturing consoles. Just not the whole reason. Maybe Sega could have survived if they had done other things right. We will probably never really know the answer to that question, because it isn't like a experiment that can be repeated.
I however do have to wonder if Nintendo fans on these forums being as knowledgable as they are. Haven't drawn a parallel of their own. Between the Dreamcast losing that support, and the Wii U losing that support. What I have observed over the past few days however is a borderline psychotic fucking rage when anyone even mentions Electronic Arts, or any developer that is doing likewise. I have to ask the obvious question. Is it the fear that is motivating this pathological hatred. That people aren't so much upset about the lost gaming opportunities, but the possibility that this loss of third party support will kill the console.
The more I read these tantrums the more I realize they are entirely emotional, and not the least bit rational. They will talk shit about the developers games, but it seems to bother them profoundly that they wont be getting them. I mean if you genuinely think that a developer only produces crap that you wouldn't want to play. Then should their absence from the catalog bother you at all. There are after all a lot of developers that don't do business of a lot of different platforms. Some developers can't do games for multiple platforms.
I don't know if I will actually get a honest answer to my question, and in fact I highly doubt that I will. I suspect I might even get verbally assaulted for bringing it up for discussion. I do think it needs to be put out there though, and while I think getting upset about gaming is understandable. I definitely don't see the point in being scared of a future you cannot control, but I know some people probably feel differently.
So is it the fear of the consoles failure talking?