oh man, your all missing the main issue...
sonic is so much faster than mario, its gonna be a white wash!
seriously though, great article
i am 31 and i remember the snes vs. md (gen) wars (well, wars as in i've got a snes and its better than the md), i remember some serious arguements between c64 and spectrum owners aswel...
... gaming has grown up and companies want to make more money as gaming has become a bigger industry, why shouldnt they join forces???
the consumer will make the decision with their wallets
i also owned a dreamcast, it was killed by bad copy protection .full stop.