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I don't know if it is biased, but I do know that a lot of the time I feel out of place because I don't share the same love for the Wii and Nintendo as many on these forums do. I feel as if I'm looked down upon because I like Sony. Often that gets me angry as you may have seen in my posts. So I see as the site itself is unbiased, but the members mostly have a bias toward Nintendo.



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I do agree there seems to be a Nintendo slant at the moment, but a few people have already gave some good opinions on why that is. I've always been a Sega fan and in any generation own all consoles that were released (except for the Neo Geo *sniff*). This generation I'd be commenting more on 360 and PS3 stuff, but right now I simply can't afford them. My guess quite a few people fall into this category. The other thing is for some reason certain people can't seem to have rational discussions. In any discussion, it's okay to disagree, however, you don't want to start into the name calling. That's where things go downhill. I'd like for all members to be able to mingle with each other, as it helps keep perspective, but people need to remember that we're still talking about games, and we're all gamers. We should show each other some respect. Whether you're a Wii, PS3, PSP, DS, or Xbox 360 fan, you're all cool in my book. :) -Darkness



I think this site will always be slanted to whoever is selling the most per month. If you're a fan of Nintendo, and you get to post about how cool your Wii is all day, and its also selling the best, then it makes you feel good. For instance, if Wii wasn't selling that well, I would probably avoid these forums so people don't rub it in my face. (Nintendo fan here)



Dolla Dolla said:
Unfortunately, any site that focuses on hard numbers is biased toward Nintendo. A sad truth.

True, and it's not like we can "forget" reality just to make some people feel better.

Nintendo fans knew for the last two generations that their console was the loser.

If fans of the most "kiddie" console maker can take bad news like men, then it would be the epitome of irony if fans of "mature" consoles couldn't.



"I mean, c'mon, Viva Pinata, a game with massive marketing, didn't sell worth a damn to the "sophisticated" 360 audience, despite near-universal praise--is that a sign that 360 owners are a bunch of casual ignoramuses that can't get their heads around a 'gardening' sim? Of course not. So let's please stop trying to micro-analyze one game out of hundreds and using it as the poster child for why good, non-1st party, games can't sell on Wii. (Everyone frequenting this site knows this is nonsense, and yet some of you just can't let it go because it's the only scab you have left to pick at after all your other "Wii will phail1!!1" straw men arguments have been put to the torch.)" - exindguy on Boom Blocks

I'll re-read and answer the original question again:

"Simple question - do you think the VG Chartz community is biased?"

Yes - the community itself is definitely biased. Not the moderators, not the people running the site - but the community. There are definitely more pro-Ninty people here, and if by "community" you mean "forum posts" - then its a resounding yes.

The real question is - does it matter?

I don't believe the sales figures are biased in anyway - they are based purely from "fact", with no illegal weighting thrown in.



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you will always have bias. Fanboys always come out when their console is ontop.



larry said:

But ofcourse this forum is much better than neogaf where xbot puts Halo 3 above FF13 and Crysis


 Why is Crysis such a big deal? cause it looks really good? At least those other two are franchises you know you're getting quality (most likely)...



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How long has this site been established?

It would be interesting to see how the forum posters' bias has shifted from last generation to this, because personally I think it just has to do with the numbers.

I bet last generation Sony fans were doing the same thing that Nintendo fans are currently doing. I bet if Xbox had the upper hand next generation the bias would shift in its favor. Simple as that. Whoever wins will have the majority of voices, so this bias is perfectly understandable and is expected.

Of course, if you want to get rid of the "fanboy wars", setting up something along these lines might work:

Nintendo Forum

Sony Forum

Microsoft Forum

Warzone Forum

...pretty self-explanatory stuff. Trolls, flaming and all the "negative" vibes are concentrated in the Warzone Forum, and if you post there, you are fair game.

The CVG forum is pretty much like that (sans Warzone Forum) and you can see it's quite civil.

Anyhow, my two cents'...



kber81 said:
Am I a next candidate for a ban?

i don't think so.

you are never attacking someone direct - i usually like/respect your posts

 



the sales numbers are pretty unbiased , but in the forums it just seems to me like many Wii-fans are pummeling and bullying especially those PS3-fans ,that are easiliy aroused

 like there always was a negative sidekick against kwaad in every post - the last posts I saw from him didn't seem overly aggressive to me , but he still was provoced from all sides