The Only War that Mattered.
There have been many fights and wars in human history. Some rivalries are in bedded so deep in our society we can't help it. Now sometimes these things start out as mis understandings, or just opposite sides combating each other. But what makes a rivalry great usually lies in the sides we choose. We might be on the side of the winner or loser. No matter what we as people always choose a side, and thats were the fun sometimes come in at. Be honest this rivalry, battle, fight, war was the only one that mattered.
Think about it, Ali vs Frazier, Lakers vs Celtics, USc vs UCLA, Mac vs PC, Batman vs Superman, Marvel vs DC, Star War vs Star Trek, Mario and Sonic, Cyclopse vs Wolverine, Dante and Vergil, Sony and MS, Ja Rule vs 50 Cent, Pac and Biggie.... Some of those battles still rage on to this day. Folks are born to hate the opposite of their side. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, I'm not a big sports fan, but from where I'm from it is criminal to like the Cowboys. I'm just not supposed to like them period.
In the console/gaming worldThe Super Nintendo vs Sega Genesis console war by far the best. But why did this generations bout stand out above the ones to follow? Games. That's it, all there was to it. Unlike today and even last generation console exclusives were not as rare, not only that even if there was a multi-platform game it usually game in the form of a completely different game.
For instance TMNT had a game on both SNES and GEN, but both were completely different games. They might have played the same but they were not the same at all. There is also the Power Rangers the Movie game, while the Sega version had you already morphed and suited up, the SNES version allowed you to gain energy to actually morph into a Ranger. Not to mention console exclusives like the blood code for MK. Companies don't do that now, unless you count for CLD characters or and extra level. I really wish they did.
Most importantly, what I think was the key, one console per house. Unless you were one of the lucky bastards to have both (ME). Back then you either got a Sega or a SNES, and that's all it took. If you were the kid who got something everyone else didn't have nine out of ten you were laughed at or picked on. Flame wars would start over which was better. True it was childish but looking back those were good times. Arguing over Sonic and Mario. It was also special because it meant that some of your friends would want to come hang out and play your system and not theirs.
So for real, was this not the best of the best? I know for me it was, since I had both and was hated by many and asked to always weigh in on arguments.
By the way Genesis was better and we all know it.
But where does your allegiance lie?