Originally Posted by Brad Ley
I've really never understood this excuse... Because you experience less than optimal performance in some areas of your life, you'll happily accept less than optimal in all aspects? If my wife was a terrible cook and I went out to a nice restaurant and paid a premium for a good meal. If the meal is horrible, I wouldn't find it acceptable simply because, "I eat terrible meals every night."
And you've never driven across the street to a gas station that was slightly more expensive simply because they didn't have a line of cars and the cheaper station did?
My point was that the load times for me (and some others) are not that critical. They are at worst a very minor inconvenience that is outweighed to a great extent by other factors. And I was responding to a post in which someone opined that they could not believe "anyone" would buy the Elite due to the slow load times. So I was overstating my rebuttal to some extent to make a point.
To put it another way and to use your terms, every player has "less than optimal" performance in some areas, but, IMO, sub-optimal performance in load times is not critical. I understand it may be important to others, though, which is why I would not say that I can't beleive "anyone" would buy a PS3 given the fan noise some have experienced and the remote issue.
Regarding the "terrible cook" analogy, I don't think it really fits, because if the Elite, for example, was a piece of krap, I wouldn't defend it. But an extra minute of load time does not bother me given the other advantages of the player to me, anymore than the fact that my wife likes her chicken cooked a little more than I do is a reason to divorce her and marry someone else. Now I suppose if load times are the critical factor for someone, then they should buy the player with the best load times.
Furthermore, the extent to which one is able to develop patience in other areas of life does impact how one might view certain inconveniences. All I'm saying is that most of us spend a substantial amount of time waiting around, and waiting around for 1 minute does not seem a big deal to me in the scheme of things. Of course, if two players are equal in all respects, then I would also pick the one with the shorter load times. But no players are perfect, so I guess this discussion just comes down to what type of "less than optimal" performance is more aggravating to you.