What the fuck do you do to your consoles?!? If a system needs
to be a tank in order to survive your ownership, I dunno what to say. Both my ps1 and ps2 still work just as great as the first day I bought them. I also haven't seen any degradation in the DVD player for the ps2, either.
Anyway, I could count the number of games on XBox that I liked on one hand. Let's see...Halo, Halo 2 (OMG DUAL WIELD), ummmmmmmm...Fable? Help me out here. On the other hand, ps2 had some great games that I liked in most genres:
Fighting: Oh shit like Guilty Gear, Soul Calibur III, Tekken was ok...
Racing: Gran Turismo if you like realism, Midnight Club if you like modding, Burnout if you like insane crashing (that one is multi-platform though), plus SSX (also multi-platform).
Action/Adventure: Devil May Cry, Castlevania, Shadow of the Colossus, Katamari Damacy & sequel, Sly Cooper is kinda young but still a great game, and don't forget that GTA made its debut on the sony systems.
Shooters: I'm not really into these so I don't know much about it, but I liked the Ratchet and Clank games.
RPGs: Disgaea, Makai Kingdom to name a few of many.
I also thought the online play gave me what I wanted: a chance to play with/against other people online. I still play Burnout and SSX online, and they're pretty fun. It's also convenient that it's free.
I'm sure the 360 is a technological marvel, but I don't see how that would matter to me if I buy a system that has games that I don't want to play...really, it's just a matter of preference. I don't think any next-gen system would really "fail". Sure, one may be ahead of sales than the others, but do the figures actually mean anything to you? "OH MY GOD...I thought blahblahblah was soooooo much fun until I found out that they sold 2.3 million less than its competitors. I didn't realize my games were so shitty!" Ya, it would be nice if the ps3 came out on top, but if it didn't, I think I'd still have a great gaming experience with it.
Seriously, don't be afraid of a little competition. It's healthy!