Most of my console owning friends don't play sports games, and whilst some (maybe most) play the various CoDs (I don't) I honestly don't think any CoD game has played any part in any of my friends' decisions to buy a particular console.If you say that most console owners don't buy their console to be apart of the crowd, ask any crowd of console gamers why they own their xbox and ps3. I can guarantee, the majority will say "Because me and my friends play call of duty" or the most recent sports game.
People buy consoles for ease of use, for their exclusive games, and because they don't have to wonder if game x will run full speed on the console.
Good exclusives (as does the PC, but if you want to play the Halo 3, Halo Reach, Halo 4, LittleBigPlanet, Infamous, etc, then it's a console or nothing), ease of use, no worries about viruses or malware, no driver conflicts or crashes, no worries about if a game will run on your system, and (though this means nothing to me) most console games aren't tied to one machine/account via DRM so you can sell the game (or buy it used).Explain to me what advantages consoles have over PC other than good local multiplayer.
Not that these reasons make a console objectively better than a PC. A PC has it's own advantages, such as raw power, potentially being able to run a given game with much better graphical prowess (frame-rate, texture quality, viewing distance in a 3D game, etc), being able to make mods on a PC, being able to use other peoples' mods on your PC, the flexibility of being able to do many, many things on a PC that you can't on a console (gaming things and non-gaming), being able to upgrade your PC's hardware as and when you choose, being able to write PC games and sell/give them to anyone you like with no fees to pay to anyone (all the profit goes to you), and the maintenance that a PC necessitates (which is very minor if you are careful and know what you are doing) can be interesting and can help you get a job in a related field.
PC gaming is great. Console gaming is great. Neither is empirically better than the other, as if one was better than the other, then everyone who could would go over to the better side. But people have their preferences, and they stick to them, as is their right. And it's only elitists and fanboys who feel the need to criticise others for their tastes and choices.