Video gaming is almost a modern sport. It is incredibly popular in just about every age group, from pre-teens to forty year old veterans. Nintendo Wii has even made progress in the senior citizen market by offering our older citizens a very accessible way to have fun and stay a bit more active. There is at least one television channel specifically dedicated to video gaming, available from any cable or satellite television provider which carries Voom HD Networks. Even professional leagues and sanctioned video game competitions, not just for the glory of the frag but also cold hard cash.
So, with all this gaming the question is out there waiting to be asked: What's the best platform? You should not be disappointed to learn there is no easy or straight answer to that question. In fact, the reasons so many platforms exist and enjoy their own success is because each has something to offer. Depending on your needs, personal tastes, and gaming style you will likely find that one platform has more to offer you personally than the others.
The Microsoft Xbox 360 has a solid catalog and is really the gold standard all around. It's not the best at any one thing but the system does everything well. Sony's PlayStation 3 was touted to have better graphics than the Xbox 360 but even at launch it was hard to tell. These days some games might look better on one system or the other, they're considered pretty equivalent.
Unfortunately, Sony lacks some of the intuitive features Microsoft incorporated into their system. It's not about the hardware, it's about the overall experience. If you are strictly gaming, chances are you will have a better gaming experience on the 360. That being said, Sony's machine is much more than just a game console. It's a unique sort of computer. You can access media files over a network, browse the web, and best of all you can watch high definition Blu-Ray movies with the integrated Blu-Ray disc player. In other words, if you want more than just gaming, the PS3 beats the 360 fairly handily.
Nintendo's Wii system offers a unique experience that really can not be equated to any of the other systems. Technically it is inferior, but the motion controls Wii is based around can be so intuitive it offers a completely new way to game. This game system is extremely appealing to people who have never found video gaming appealing before. For veteran gamers, some may find it appealing and some may not. All will agree it's a different sort of experience.
PC gaming is where the REAL hardcore gamers go, though. Being a PC gamer can be expensive because you are frequently choosing to buy upgrades to get the most out of the latest games. PC gaming also is not as straightforward as console gaming. You do not simply put a disc in the drive and play, you have to go through an install process. You can get hand held controllers but most games are set up best for keyboard and mouse control. Still, for hardcore gamers these negatives are overcome by the fact that they will always have the latest graphics and technology for the ultimate gaming experience.