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Submitted by FiLTHY ESKiMO 1032d ago | opinion piece

Microsoft Should Quit The Gaming Biz

Eskimo Press: The PlayStation 3 has an impressive roster of exclusive games for 2013. We've already seen a brand spanking new God of War game, and Naughty Dog's The Last of Us and Quantic Dream's Two Souls: Beyond. Not only are these AAA titles, they are also very innovative and fresh games. Let's not us forget that Sony have recently announced the PlayStation 4, and along with that comes a handful of killer looking launch titles, Killzone Shadow Fall, inFamous: Second Son, and Knack. Microsoft, on the other hand, don't seem at all concerned with their lack of in-house, first party, studios or exclusives, and innovative, games. So why does Microsoft even bother sticking around? (Industry, Xbox 360)

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Majin-vegeta  +   1032d ago | Funny
5....4...3...2...*Flame on*
Snookies12  +   1032d ago | Well said
Lol, this article is definitely firewood. ;]

Seriously, true gamers wouldn't want any console to fail, drop out, or "quit".
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pr0t0typeknuckles  +   1032d ago
true,but when i look at microsoft i dont really see anything special besides multiplayer and trying to be a cablebox,i mean they dont really have any games that are relevant besides halo,gears,and forza,and when you look a sony,nintendo,sega,even atari from when they first entered the gaming biz to now you clearly see that they all had something relevantt to bring,besides if valves steambox actually succeds,then microsoft is more likely to go,because as history has proven 3 is the minimum for consoles in one generation.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1032d ago
You know that the general opinion is shifting against Microsoft when these sorts of articles come rolling in.

Granted, this is flamebait and nothing more. HOWEVER, it's the sort of flamebait that Microsoft didn't have to deal with last gen (it was targeted at Nintendo and Sony).
blackbeld  +   1032d ago
Seriously YES.

It's about time. M$ is in this business only to make gamers Pay more for something that can be done for free.

Pay for online shit. No BC, and pioneer in RROD. Also
Kinekt shit.

We gamers are better of with them in this console business.
Rush  +   1032d ago | Well said
Maybe Sony should quit the tech business since they haven't turned a profit in years.

Microsoft on the other hand is a hugely profitable organisation.

See I can be a ass hat fanboy too!
thechosenone  +   1032d ago
Dude every time I see a MS suit they're saying the same things, MS didn't intend to get into hardcore gaming, it actually wanted to do the entertainment thing at first but got sidetracked; just take a listen to Pachter and Thurrott who both have very close ties with MS both are repeating the same things lately....MS is focusing on entertainment leaving behind the hardcore audience, more money in casual gaming....hit the link below. It's too expensive for

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Welshy  +   1032d ago | Well said
@Snookies12 "Seriously, true gamers wouldn't want any console to fail, drop out, or "quit"."

I can see where you're coming from and i agree to an extent, for an example, the Wii U does nothing for me personally, but i wouldn't want the console to "fail" if other enjoy it just because i'm not a fan.

What i WOULD be concerned about though, is if the rumours that are going around about Microsoft are true (online activation to boot up games, always online DRM, no used games etc), then i'd be seriously worried about bad habits rubbing off and effecting other platforms and titles too.

For example, Sony have told us they they won't be blocking used games and have no "always on" DRM, but if the NextBox goes down that road and they sell neck and neck at 70+ million each again, what's to stop the likes of EA, Activision, Ubisoft or whoever else from thinking "Hey, we have the system in place that could block these games, and by Sony/Nintendo not having these measure we lose out a little to used games, why don't we just carry over the DRM via softare?".

That's MY biggest concern at least, and if Microsoft bring that kind of business practice about on the mass scale and pass it off as acceptable to it's consumers then hell yes i'd rather they dropped out and just left Sony and Nintendo to do their thing a hold off this kind of DRM till at the very least everyones internet is capable of handling it on a global scale.

My internet is prone to practically slowing to a stop late at night, connection can often drop and my speeds aren't great in the first place.

If MS follow Sony's road of being developer and consumer friendly? fine. If they want to go draconian on us, i'd happily see them the f*ck out the door and i'm a "real gamer".
Axe99  +   1032d ago
Well said Snookies - 'tis deffo a crazy article (well designed hardware at launch - haha!) Microsoft has numerous enthusiastic gaming fans for a good reason. They're not my cup of tea personally (I don't mind Halo, but I can get most of the rest of the 360 'exclusives' I want to play on Steam ;)), but suggesting Microsoft should back away and leave its fans is a bit silly.
guitarded77  +   1032d ago
One thing MS does very well is co-op in their exclusive titles. Gears, Halo, Fable... all have easy to use, fun co-op. Sure they piss me off with some things, but all platforms do. I like the 4 platform model (PC, PS3, WiiU and XBOX). I don't know if more consoles/platforms would be beneficial for first party exclusives since each would have less money to play with. But I like the balance we have now.
Donnieboi  +   1032d ago
@Snookies: Let M$ quit, Valve will replace them.
JokesOnYou  +   1032d ago
lol, This is just plain BS but not unexpected n4g=sonyland. Only here is this even taken seriously if it was sony in the headline all the comments would be screaming flamebait. I mean some even actually pretend that its been all roses for Microsoft/360 this gen vs doom n gloom for ps3 and people believe it. mostly sonyfanboys in outrage, xbox owners on forums but by and large its the ones who hate Microsoft that care the most about their next console will offer, yes of course there is legit concern by many gamers but the actual gamers who intend on buying the next xbox will wait and see before grabbing there pitch forks and shovels btw. lol, most of you have no balance and your statements generaly are slanted to favor your brand of preference, its transparent, to all but the un-educated gamers, much like our politicians do. I mean think about it tens of millions enjoy what 360 offers vs ps3/wii, I own a ps3 but game 95% of my time on my 360 due to online gaming habits I share with friends+my favorite games tend to be shooters, I could give a sh** about games like LBP, Heavy Rain or jrpg's but in no way do I want ps3 or wii to fail or die, at the same time I pray Microsoft with the exception of their Kinect stuff continue to go their own path, I simply don't want them to follow in sonys footsteps, if so then I wouldn't need a xbox, I like the brand and what it does, if you don't like Microsofts lineup or gaming strategy this gen don't buy the next xbox but please stop all the excuses and blaming Microsoft for everything bad that happens to gaming, sony surely is not perfect.
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nix  +   1032d ago
dammit... i left my flamesuit at home.

@jokesonyou: you say n4g is sony land???? were you even here when PS3 launched.. we had like thousands of "PS3 is doomed" articles. "n4g=sonyland" HAH!
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nukeitall  +   1032d ago

"I've never seen so much hate for a console that doesn't exist :|"

On top of that, this article is very much mis-informed. It's as if they took a bunch of Playstation fanboys and just re-wrote it as an opinion piece.

Let's face it, MS supported indies by *still* being the only one after many years of having the platform to sell indie games for less than $100 a year!

Does Sony charge you thousands of dollars for a dev kit to even develop on their platform? YES!

Does Nintendo? Yes!

Has Sony or Nintendo made PC tools to create games for free? No, but MS has!

So how is that supporting indie gamers?

Fact is, MS supported indies, but instead all they got was a bad reputation while the competition did nothing and they are talked about as supporting indies.

If I was MS, I would ditch that whiney indie crowd too.
Zeusprototype  +   1032d ago
@NUKETAIL wellsaid. iv often wondered why people are jumping all over the indie feature on the ps4 when its been all other microsoft for a while now. I beleive its known as selective amnesia
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Aceman18  +   1032d ago
i don't know why some people are taking this seriously i think its only fair we are seeing articles like this about M$, since we've seen these everyday since the PS3 launched and are now seeing it for the Wii U.

turn about is fair play in my book i wanna see more articles like this about M$ it would make for most interesting read comments wise on here lol.
Saigon  +   1032d ago
I actually feel bad for Gamer Girl because she actually wrote a pretty good article that pointed out true facts. i feel bad because just going over and reading a few of the comments already posted on the article shows a one-sided argument. The fact is these people seem to not know anything but they are in full defense. One person said that Sony has great contracts with third party studios, and to me, from the way it was written,it seem to say Sony does not have any studios just great contracts with third party developers and Nintendo has all the first party studios.

IMHO, i think what worries me more about MS not have more studios is that in the future when a genre dies down, who is going to produce the next great hit. I can't use Nintendo as an example because their first party studios make almost the same games all the time; now if you look at Sony's first party studios you will see that Sony developers progress to different games each console generation. One Example is Naughty Dog. First Game, Crash Bandicot, then Jak and Dexter, now Uncharted, future ???. The point is that they progress. Each of those games were different style of games that innovated the industry.

MS does not have developers like that and in my opinion need to start going after more Inde developers and not already established developers. 'Bring something different' to the game.
jut420  +   1032d ago
that's weird, I only really ever hear complaints from indie devs about MS and their policies. You also forgot to mention that Sony allows these devs to self-publish and control the rights to the IP they created, while MS makes them go through a 3rd-party.
Boody-Bandit  +   1032d ago
As long as MS gives me Forza I'm good to go.
It's my overall favorite "racing" title. Note the quotes around racing. All I hope is my current racing equipment will work with the "Next Box". If not, oh well. I will just have to upgrade, again. I'm crazy that way.

I want the gaming industry to keep going until the day I shuffle this mortal coil so I don't wish any company out of this industry (Manufacturers, developers and publishers included).
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BLow  +   1032d ago
Yeah, it makes no sense whatsoever. Everybody needs competition because it will, at least, attempt to keep you honest and pushing for a better product. That, in turn, is better for the consumer and we win at the end.

If MS does something to piss off its base then their costumers will go elsewhere (and the same goes for Sony or Nintendo). They don't have a monopoly in the video game industry and consumers have other choices. So if the do something wrong then they are going to have to step their game up and fix it.

People hate to admit it but both MS and Sony(even Nintendo) have pushed each other to give us(gamers) a better product. But the thing is if one company is going to do something way out of the left field and WE don't like it then WE as consumers have other choices. That is the beauty of COMPETITION!!! Come on people this is just common sense.
loulou  +   1032d ago
Q, how do you get hits for your pathetic blog-site?

A, just write some rubbish that you know will go down well on blogs4fanboys, and watch the hit counter rise..
DigitalRaptor  +   1032d ago
@ nukeitall

Whether or not you think the criticism is only coming from PS3 fans, there are concerns coming from all sides about realistic issues - from biased gamers and also none biased sources. The notion that it's only Sony fans criticising is as ridiculous as the ones that think no MS hate or Sony fanboyism exists largely outside of N4G.

"Does Sony charge you thousands of dollars for a dev kit to even develop on their platform?"

As of PS Vita and PS4, not so much. They're even loaning out PS4 dev kits.

"So how is that supporting indie gamers?"

Being open and interested in ideas and concepts and willing to contribute to the budget. Fostering indie developers. I haven't heard much about that with MS, but ever heard of Sony's pub fund? Sony actually reach out to indies and support them in ways that isn't just letting you make games for free.

Sony's attitude that has permeated this gen going into next absolutely has indies in mind. And you'd have to be in bed with MS not to notice. Sony has removed levels of concept approval for devs even those who want to make more ambitious content.

"Fact is, MS supported indies, but instead all they got was a bad reputation while the competition did nothing and they are talked about as supporting indies."

They are talked about in this way, because developers have been expressing themselves about MS's policies for years.

The competition does things differently than MS. Once your game is out the gate, MS has been criticized for doing nothing further, and that these games are considered failures because MS make no effort to promote them on the marketplace. This problem doesn't exist so much on PSN and across the web, and it certainly doesn't happen on Steam.

"If I was MS, I would ditch that whiney indie crowd too."

Because Sony is receiving praise from them for doing a better job than MS? It's easy to see how you work.
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NewZealander  +   1032d ago
its not just firewood its pure rubbish, seriously microsoft have created something amazing, considering how it only started what ten and a bit years ago with the original xbox, just look where they are now.

who in there right mind ever thought they could take on an established brand like playstation and succeed the way they have, and you think MS would quit now? i don't think so buddy!
1upgamer99  +   1031d ago
I don't know about that. It seems like Wii U has gotten more hate than most others.
PS3and4_HAS_GAMES  +   1031d ago
well as a true gamer i honestly believe in this case it wouldnt be such a bad idea.Last gen 3 third party devs had to settle for less due to the the bluray-less xbox 360 which made them result to porting over games to the ps3 and we all know that lead to the games to be more of a lack luster experience.

So with sony being the only console out devs can take advantage of all of its power so 3rd and 1st party games will all be equally powerful.
adorie  +   1031d ago

I don't want Microsoft to quit, but I want their financial clout to be worth less this next gen. Battle it out with content, mainly speaking; GAMES and let the first party studios prove who's game looks and plays the best.
oof46  +   1032d ago
Wish I could insert a gif right here...
kingfetish17  +   1032d ago
Microsoft shouldn't quit.

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II  +   1032d ago | Funny
Poor ms praying to me is always a good idea I can bring joy and happiness if they bow before me and I will wash away their sins.
dcbronco  +   1032d ago
Good thing Microsoft isn't a company.
imsocool1234  +   1032d ago
Kisses hand*
Donnieboi  +   1032d ago
CEOSteveBallmer  +   1032d ago
Please replace Microsoft with Sega!! Please??
pixelsword  +   1031d ago
*Escorts young boys into a school buss and orders the driver to get as far away as he can*
Blaze929  +   1032d ago
Eskimo Press should quit the journalism biz
RememberThe357  +   1032d ago
Don't feed the trolls

imsocool1234  +   1032d ago
Majin-vegeta: Johnny?
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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1032d ago
bottom line is if sony owned rare we would have gotten Killer Instinct a long time ago. U know it's true. Die MS!

Ihope 720 has the same success as windows 8 and valve takes their place. Free multiplAYER FOR EVERYONE! This is a con to xbox gamers but a pro to me.

xbox gamers a f$$king weird people.
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vega275  +   1032d ago
If sony owned rare. They would have closed them down long ago. In fact I believe they would have been one of the first to be restructured or shut down. If Sony was so great in keeping studios open I'm sure zipper would still be making games as well as other they have closed resently
Gimmemorebubblez  +   1032d ago
Zipper last few games were mediocre. Gone were their Glory Days in the Ps2 era and besides most of the staff joined Guerilla Game's UK branch. As for Rare I don't know if they would have been shut down first, it depended on how well there games would've have done on a Playstation platform. But I personally think Rare would've been the Naughty Dog equivalent in Europe.
Gimmemorebubblez  +   1032d ago
Zipper last few games were mediocre. Gone were their Glory Days in the Ps2 era and besides most of the staff joined Guerilla Game's UK branch. As for Rare I don't know if they would have been shut down first, it depended on how well there games would've have done on a Playstation platform. But I personally think Rare could've been the Naughty Dog equivalent in Europe.
vega275  +   1032d ago
@ Gimmemorebubblez
you say zippers last few games was mediocre which was a reason sony closed them down. yet you think rare would have been the Naughty Dog equivalent in Europe. are you serious have you seen the last few games rare released before they started making kinect games? i loved banjo and perfect dark. but lets be honest here. they could have done way better than they did and didn't. but instead of MS closing them down. they kept them alive by doing kinect games rather than firing them as sony have with many studios. and in know way is rare on the lvl of Naughty Dog, nor have they ever been since before microsoft bought them.

was you here when the 360 launched. did you not see the hate that microsoft and nintendo got from the xbox and gamecube days. did you not see the sonyfanboys claiming microsoft will abandon them in 4 years as they have with the xbox or that microsoft killed B/C with the 360. something that you guys now are praising sony for doing with the ps4. hell even if you wasn't here around the launch of the 360 I'm sure you would have saw the same hate at sites like gamepro,gamespot,1up,ect. now you guys want to cry foul because sony got what nintendo and microsoft have been for years.

i was here when the ps3 launched and the sonyfanbase was just as vocal then as they are now. or have you forgotten people like nassim, shame kim, jukkin, and so many others. this fanboy war has started back in the ps2 days. when nintendo and microsoft didn't have close to the fanbase as sony did put together.

so plz stop this BS that sony got haft as much hate as microsoft or nintendo. hell nintendo is still catching the most hate now. i don't see people running to their aid. yet i see people bash them, yet say gaming would be doomed if sony or nintendo left,but MS should leave.

I've seen companies come and go in the gaming business and if sony or microsoft left. it wouldn't hurt the industry as much as if nintendo did. they aren't afraid to take chances and many copy them on their ideas.
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pixelsword  +   1031d ago
@ vega275:

Zipper's staff was absorbed into God knows what and I think they are now helping to make the game Dust 514.

The proof is in the upgrades for suits and a weapon.

"Sever" Artificer suit
"Valor" and "Raven" suits are also available.

There's also a "socom" weapon.
JokesOnYou  +   1032d ago
@ nix
Yes I've been around this site for a long time, just not so much lately. I also have had this conversation before about the "doom n gloom" articles toward sony/ps3, actually posted before sort of a challenge that for every negative ps3 type news there was also similar xbox negativity, its just perception, those who overly favor/emotionaly loyal to one brand always notice the negativity directed toward that particular brand but generally speaking since they tend to agree that brand A is great while brand B is not so great then they don't either notice or don't perceive the negative news for brand B as much....and yes this site although great for the overwhelming amount of gaming news in one place is indeed sonyland because you would have to be blind not to notice the heavy biased for sony and against Microsoft here both in the postings and definitely in the comments=unbalanced to say the least, but that's fine every thing has its pro's and con's, honestly I find it a comedic break from the norm, keep it coming!
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monkey nuts  +   1032d ago
Lol you going on about perceptions is a joke. I've been round here along time too, and as a gamer I know a troll when I see one. More to the point I can remember them too. :

Fact: HD DVD players are outselling standalone Blu-Ray Players.

So why are standalone HD DVD players outselling standalone Blu-ray players if everyone beside PS3 fanatics wanted poo-ray movies? ANSWER THAT SONY KIDS?

Why because nobody cares or wants poo-ray movies besides sony kids who don't have no games to play.

sony kids are plastering this site with the same old... #21
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JamieL  +   1032d ago
You are 100% right on Jokes, and I think it's so funny anyone could possibly claim this isn't Sony land. I also am dumbfounded how prevalent that excuse is, "but, but, but, you weren't here when the Xbox guys were so mean, they did it first", AAAAHHHHH that’s a fu#$ing 3-year-old’s mentality. I would assume most people on this site are older than 3, but not from their arguments. I would be ashamed to think that mentality would ride at this age. "they started it" wasn't an acceptable excuse when we were 3, and it's 10 times more pathetic now. Stop using it, for yourself please.
JokesOnYou  +   1032d ago
lol, monkey nuts, going back 2118 days ago, Ive said worst but the point is in those days I was a regular and received just as much fire as I dished out, no excuses I probably should have took the high road but I didnt, lol I was of a different mind, love to fight, still do but it just takes alot more to bother me these days, actually the past only strengthens my position, and what I believe today, again fact is there has always been plenty of hate for microsoft this gen or do you dispute that? btw whats your old account...I will forever keep this ONE. No regrets.
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monkey nuts  +   1032d ago
I'm not on either side of the fangirl handbag swinging contest mate, I've owned every console since the Atari 2600 and have no loyalties to any brand.
I just thought it was a little rich the way JOY was describing the early days of the 360 and ps3 e peen contest that practically swallowed this site for 2 years and mistakingly thought he may be up to his old tricks, I apologise for that err on my part as he looks to have grown out of it which in itself shows that there is hope for fanboys/ trolls after all.
Joy you could use your journey to help others rid themselves of this terrible affliction, for you are proof sir that if you accept your past misgivings then your future can be a brighter one. Filled with the greatness that multiple platform ownership can bring to a man, or a woman. . . . . . . .

And Jamie, mate, I never said who started it blah blah blah, and I couldn't give a flying monkey to be honest mate. Where did I say that? Yep, nope I didn't. My 5 year old wouldn't have started that anywho, she's never of her i pad long enough to be starting flame bait threads. I was just pointing out for ppl to take what joy was saying with a pinch of salt given his history and I've admitted I was wrong to make an assumption like that. The Sony fanboys and 360 fanboys are all the same one mentality idiots that have cursed this generation like none before it. I can remember times when I'd lend my snes(ps1 etc) to a mate and he'd lend me his mega drive(n64etc)and all we enjoyed were the games regardless of the console they were played on. I maybe a fool, but I would see them days relived, when gamer recognised gamer, when differences in console preference didn't make you enemies but when the games you played united us. We are stronger as one, one mind, one heart one love. XD

joy this has always been my account. Peace out brother
(your trolling skills of old are lol funny though, reading through a few had a chuckle. Can imagine some of the wrath that the Sony trolls would have tried to dispatch to counter your arguments. )
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majiebeast  +   1032d ago
How did a troll like you get so many bubbles its disgusting.
UnwanteDreamz  +   1031d ago
" its just perception, those who overly favor/emotionaly loyal to one brand always notice the negativity directed toward that particular brand but generally speaking since they tend to agree that brand A is great while brand B is not so great then they don't either notice or don't perceive the negative news for brand B as much...."

Your words, then you go on to say MS gets more hate. Do you see the irony? You'd have to be blind not to.
JokesOnYou  +   1031d ago
Dreamz, pay attention, read the whole post..
No, I was talking about the gaming media, then further on in my post I'm referring to the membership of n4g, so yes there are false perceptions but if you take the time to actually examine things then you can verify the validity of any perception.

Therefore, I'm not saying Microsoft receives more hate from media outlets and the general public, actually what I said is that they both have had their fare share of negative news press, contrary to what I've frequently seen stated here on n4g, I elaborated by saying in prior posts that I've actually had many prior conversations where I could point out just as much negative press posted here on n4g related to 360/microsoft as anyone could post for ps3/sony. That's a lot different from saying that on a site that is basicly ran by members that the membership or at least the most active members are overwhelmingly biased in favor of to prove my point, much like in the past where I've shown the actual news press was generally negative for both about equal time, that's not the case in almost any of the comments section of n4g for quite awhile actually, in fact many xbox specific related news, those who clearly are very negative towards Microsoft who you'd think should be the least concerned given their obvious bitternes, are however the first to post followed by basicly much of the same, I mean seriously yes perception matters and I could assume wrongly from time to time but perception can be ruled out once you start counting for confirmation, or are you telling me the vast majority of these comments sound like people excited about microsofts next console, now go look at the last lets just say 10 next xbox related news, lol NO, yet they will surely make much of the same comments on the next xbox console rumor, that's not perception of a trend that nobody can quite figure out, that's evidence right here and now before you.
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UnwanteDreamz  +   1031d ago
I see evidence of bias on your part as well. Why pretend that MSFT gets it worse? Remember when Sony got "hacked'? N4G had a field day with all the negativity directed at Sony. Preceptions can be subjective. You have already given examples with your comments.

My point still stands. Where you claim facts I see opinions with obvious bias. That you can't see the argument can be made both ways depending on where you stand is telling.
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fermcr  +   1032d ago
Oh boy... another "opinion" piece by a moron.

So much hate for a console that hasn't been presented yet. If you don't like the Xbox or Microsoft, don't buy their products... you'll probably be much happier.
Sony defense force has been quite busy lately, LOL.

As for me, I'll see what Microsoft has to offer next gen, if i don't like it, i simply won't buy it.
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T2  +   1032d ago
Wow that was way to rational for this place
ps3_pwns  +   1032d ago
@light_bar if it doesnt exist then you already know which next gen console to get and thats the ps4.

as for the article they do need to quit gaming and those would want the x720 if the rumors and leaks are true should pack there bags and quit gaming to because we dont want that drm slave type control MS is is rumored to have.

go back to your iphone games or something
ThatCanadianGuy514  +   1032d ago
They really should quit at this point.How they nickel and dime consumers at every chance is just so tiring in this day and age.

And it's not like anyone would really lose out on anything.They killed Rare, Closed Ensemble studios, Bungie bailed and even Lionhead is diminished.

They actually haven't created anything worthwhile this entire gen when you think about it.kinect, i guess.But they didn't create it like Sony created Move.They simply bought the company that was working on it lol.

If MS did go, i would like to see Valve replace them.Valve, Sony and Ninty would just be amazing on so many levels.Microsoft doesn't really fit it anymore, if you take the shades off and look at them objectively, and where their current goals are aimed at..
Maddens Raiders  +   1032d ago
Disagree all you want, but I've been saying this, pre-RROD. MSFT has dumbed down and retarded the growth of the lot of multiplat games this gen. What incentive was there to work harder as a dev when the bar was as low as possible and baseline rewards were so plentiful? Whether they stay or not really doesn't matter a/w as SNE's first party lineup is perrenially cream of the crop and the only way to fly on consoles imho.
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ichimaru  +   1032d ago
whoa! your still here!
otherZinc  +   1032d ago
So SONY is for the gamer?

PS3 is 100% backwards compatible...No, Not now.
SONY sold everyone a bill of goods & took it away.

Red Light of Death: M$ came back with a better machine with wi-fi & more bells & whistles.
AND, M$ gave compensation to those with RLOD!

Yellow Light of Death: SONY came back with ZERO BACKWARDS COMPATABILITY and reduced features in the PS3 SLIM. Now SONY charges you for "classic games", that you've already purchased, but is no longer playable on your NEW PS3 SLIM.
AND, you cant even get your PS3FAT FIXED! And gave no compensation for Yellow Light of Death, OR they gave you a bill of $159 to fix that sh** before they created the PS3 Slim...yeah they're for the gamer???!

XBOX Live works day 1 with games!
PSN doesnt, need the patch!

Achievements came into play!
SONY & fans said its stupid, now they have Trophies?

SONY: Rumble was stupid, now they made all early buyers pay $60 for a controller with rumble.

M$ has great "Campaign" co-op 1st Party games.
SONY doesnt!

Your PSN games wont transfer?
Now they admit The Cell was a mistake, whatever.

I can go on all damn day at how stupid that article is. However, theres SONY for its "gamer friendly" console.

Now, can we wait for M$ to comment on their new console if they have one?
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Rivitur  +   1032d ago
Microsoft doesn't care about gamers they just want you're cash need I say more?
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1032d ago
This is what happens when fangirls write articles.
CalvinKlein  +   1032d ago
hahaha sony fanboys, forever butthurt. IF ms was to drop out of the business then the sony fanboys would just switch over to crying about Nintendo and PC. They have been doing that recently already because they are busy hating on the wiiu and cant stand the truth that the PS4 wont be able to run multiplats as well as a good PC, even on the day it comes out.
avengers1978  +   1032d ago
Maybe just rethink there direction
starchild  +   1032d ago
Stupid article. I mostly game on the PC, but I wouldn't want to see any game company leave gaming. Microsoft brought some good stuff this generation and it pushed Sony to do better, and vice versa. Like others have said, competition is good.

Oh and the 360 got plenty of hate on n4g even when it first came out. It wasn't the way some Sony fans try to paint it. There were lots of Playstion fanboys attacking the 360. N4G was just more balanced back then. Now it's just overrun with Sony fanboys.
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SPAM-FRITTER-123  +   1032d ago
No Xbox no competition for Sony, Sony will sell the console at double price and same with the games cos there is no other real HD competitor.

Yeh smart move.
pixelsword  +   1032d ago
I don't think the writer of this article is considering how bad this sounds to both Sony and Microsoft fans.

- Without Xbox, the PSN would probably be a whole gen behind, if not totally missing.

- Epic, along with the 360, put graphics on the map with Gears of War, upping the ante for not only every console now and to come, but that's also the point when the PC games stepped-up their game, because no game was quite like Gears.

- Halo was not only a trend setter, but a first-person paragon. Just about every FPS game after Halo stole a few core mechanics from that game.

- Microsoft ripped previously exclusive games from the PS2, and a whole lot more from the PS3, which forces Sony to develop deals and in-house exclusive games for the PS3 and PS4 that cover games that were previously exclusive to the PS3 (Eight Days for GTA, for example)

Microsoft and Sony compliment each other, and such rivalries are necessary for the cultivation of consoles, games, and technologies, and it's always been that way.


Remove competition will bring back the horrible NES-restrictions in one form or another; currently, you get it in the form of paying for DLC, charging to play online, and things of that nature.
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TAURUS-555  +   1031d ago
this article is spot on.

MS should reconsider its ways.
bigfish  +   1031d ago
The biggest travesty to ever hit the gaming industry was MS entering the industry in the first place,, RROD, lack of exclusives, paid membership, no blu ray etc the list is endless,
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malokevi  +   1031d ago
Lol. Article is the same BS we have been hearing from knee-jerk morons for the past month.


All you have is an absence of evidence. Any moron can jump on the first bandwagon that comes along.

Real, intelligent, adult gamers will be waiting to see how both systems stack up.
AlphaJunk  +   1031d ago
This article already seemed to be on fire
joeyisback  +   1032d ago
i agree amen Microsoft should quit Nintendo and Sony for ever
Skips  +   1032d ago

Dude, if Sony and Nintendo left. I'd be done with gaming on consoles. LMAO. Would support Valve and PC. A Publisher who actually gives a s##t about the industry.

Wouldn't want to stay with a company like this.

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Skips  +   1032d ago

"only console to believe in indie dev's"

Uhhhhm, no they don't. They couldn't give a rat@ss about indie devs. In fact, they treat them like s*** when they don't get what they want. lol

"believed in online gaming when sony also didn't, yet you would be happy if M$ left who sony got it's ideas from."

PS2 had online gaming, BEFORE the original XBOX was even released. -_-

You seriously trying to tell me Sony copied online gaming from M$. LMFAO!

Hell, M$ didn't even put built in Wifi for online gaming when the 360 was first released. But Sony did soooooo......... yea buddy, look who's copying who. XD
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kickerz  +   1032d ago
@ sonic Sony copied online gaming from Sega dreamcast, they all did, I thought u would know that with a name like sonic
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hardcorehippiez  +   1032d ago
tommygunz are you for real? yes sony did have online before the xbox, it needed a seperate network adapter but i had one and spent many a long hours playing socom 2 killzone hell even twisted metal black world tour so quit spouting nonsense about things you clearly havent got a clue about. as for microsoft should quit gaming, well i would say yes if the rumours are true but i doubt it because i dont think microsoft is that stupid.
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AlphaJunk  +   1031d ago
@tommygunz37 - you are completely right. I remember back in the mid 90's when M$ was trying to get Nintendo online over in Japan and then trying to help Sega by offering them an OS for the dreamcast which they refused like idiots. Yeah the M$ box is meant to be more than a game machine, but I'm glad bc if I'm paying $400 or $500+ then I want something that fulfills all of my entertainment wants and my girlfriend's causul gaming needs. Microsoft has been advancing the console's purpose of a full entertainment device since the Xbox while everyone else sat idle.
Just look at the PC - it can do work, casual entertainment and play hard! 'nuff said M$ hating clowns!
kickerz  +   1032d ago
@ sonic can you please not PM me and say my comment fails. It was relevant to the conversation and don't call my kiddo, I'm almost 30.thanks have a good day.
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dungeonboss  +   1032d ago
Between Windows 8 and poor damage control for their next console, it makes me wonder what Microsoft is doing right in *any* sector.

Don't get me wrong, I love Windows 7 and my 360, but they don't seem to be doing anything right in 2013.
Bigpappy  +   1032d ago
Microsoft just had the largest tech boost on the American market, followed by Intel. Windows 8 is actually increasing M$ market share, as the touch portion of the PC market is now growing. Windows is now part of the tablet market. That is an expansion they did not have before. There only needs to be damage control where there is damage. M$ has not release or even revealed a console yet. So what exactly was damaged that needs to be controlled?

If M$ spends time and money chasing rumors, they would just keep creating more. Waste of money and time. When the next Xbox is revealed, they will have to deal with most these rumors then.

For some reason, people here think M$ is stupid. Some on the internet at large think they have M$ on the run. I would say to you, that M$ is a very smart company and will do fine both with the console and with Windows 8.
dcbronco  +   1032d ago
Big it's just fanboy talk. They apparently don't know who Microsoft is. If they did, they would know a simple phrase MS is well known for that would put all of their silly thoughts to rest.

"Microsoft does not comment on rumors or speculation."

They are doing what they always have.
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Why o why  +   1032d ago
Thats not quite true dcbronco...they nipped the halo to pc rumour in the bud.

I don't agree with the article. Ms brings competition. Whether you like them, their practices or not they have helped gaming rise and given gamers more choice.
GraveLord  +   1032d ago
MS is the new Sony.
AzaziL  +   1031d ago
Windows 8 is the new vista, I tried it and went right back to 7.

Hopefully they'll get it right with 9 and learn from the community on how to enhance the windows experience with things like rainmeter and rocketdock instead of forcing us to use a tablet interface on a desktop.
LOGICWINS  +   1032d ago
How would Microsoft quitting benefit consumers?

"The bar has been raised, both Sony and Nintendo are taking chances in the industry... it's a little bit insulting to the gamers when Microsoft, a powerhouse in the gaming industry, continue to play it safe for profit's sake."

The chick who wrote this article is an idiot in every sense of the word. If what Microsoft is doing is such a slap in the face to gamers, then why not let this supposed doom and gloom scenario play out? Instead of Microsoft quitting, why not let the gamers make the choice of whether or not they should quit?

Clearly Microsoft has a next-gen console prepped and they've spent somewhere in the millions on R&D. What rational reason would Microsoft have to just "quit" with all the money they've invested?

No way I'm approving this garbage.
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BitbyDeath  +   1032d ago
Would only benefit gaming if they sold it to someone else. Competition is good.
morganfell  +   1032d ago
The idea that competition breeds innovation is one of the great overly used and often untrue boardroom quotes. Sony ruled the last generation without equal and they never stopped innovating and trying new things with the PS2. They continually pushed that little black box to the limits.

This generation so called competition has only brought about poorer gaming through wasted resources and attempts by developers to create something that never existed before - console parity.

As for 1st party titles...well...draw your own conclusion over who completely blanked the competition with genre busting and bending offerings.

Want your gaming experiences relegated to mediocrity again? Vote yes on proposition 197 for Console Parity.

The best thing for gamers would be for MS to either leave the scene or else produce a unit aimed at entertainment, media, and casuals. This would allow companies interested in core gaming experiences to focus.

Can anyone that truly loves gaming look at what MS did with Perfect Dark Zero and honestly say we are better for their intervention?

For anyone that truly believes the wealth of a company prevents them from acting stupidly I present to you the previous paragraph.

And for the record, massive sales do not always equal something good for the gamer.
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The Rock Bottom  +   1032d ago
To much competition also saturates the market. This endless back an forth junk seems to be burning gaming out to me... This gen just wasn't that exciting to me as past gens were. But then again...with MS and their dirty tactics, pushed Sony to invest in first party titles rather than relying on the 3rd party titles that MS kept buying out, basically making Sony that much better.
Chaostar  +   1032d ago
You could have made your point without calling the author a "chick" and an "idiot".

@Below it just comes across a little misogynistic, some girls don't like to be called chick, especially by guys who are calling them idiots in the same sentence.
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LOGICWINS  +   1032d ago
Whats wrong with calling her a "chick"? Its the equivalent of calling a man a dude.

And yes, I could have avoided calling her an idiot, but I chose not to.

Man? Woman? Doesn't matter. Pointless articles are pointless.

I hope she reads my comment because I'm doing her a favor. Articles like these are void of any kind of common sense whatsoever. This doesn't belong on N4G.

Well...considering how biased this community is, maybe they do. The fact that such a nonsensical article like this got approved proves my point.
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riverstars86  +   1032d ago
In my opinion, Logic can say whatever he wants, this article is just a waste of space on the internet.
Hicken  +   1032d ago
1. GAMERS are speaking up. You see it everywhere, even all over this site, and it's not just "Sony fanboys" who are speaking out. I'm certain you know this, but the majority almost NEVER take action, at least not until it's too late, or almost too late; most of the gamers out there won't say or do anything until the industry is in crash mode, and by then, what good will it do? We core gamers are outnumbered massively by casuals, yet what you propose would only work if the casuals- who don't care about this stuff nearly as much as we do- stand up and take action. And what are the odds of that happening, rather than them moving on to something else?

2. It could benefit consumers by eliminating a company whose practices have been shown to be, at times, anti-consumer. Additionally, they've also shown their willingness to ignore the very segment they should be catering and marketing to, the very same segment that's made them the gaming powerhouse that they currently are. ANY industry, especially one as consumer-centric as gaming, can do without a company that's only out to make money.

(Note: I said ONLY out to make money. All the companies are out to make money, but Sony and Nintendo seem to care more about the people they sell to. Microsoft, on the other hand, appears ready and willing to drop their core like a bad habit if there's more money to be made elsewhere.)

3. I don't think even the author expects them to just up and quit right now, even if it's what she desires. More likely, the hope is that, should the rumors turn out to be true, and should they combine with their current non-gaming-centric policies, Microsoft's gaming division will suffer enough losses that they'll back out.

4. There are other companies that would take Microsoft's place, just as they took someone else's place. Until then, it could be just two companies. At least they'd be two who care, as, in my opinion, the only thing Microsoft cares about is their bottom line. With Valve on the cusp, perhaps a third company who cares will join the race.

Would that not benefit consumers?
LOGICWINS  +   1032d ago
1. Both the casual and hardcore markets CAN coexist. The 720 supposedly becoming a more casual oriented console won't stop games like Infamous, Uncharted, Beyond, and Bioshock from coming out. You make it seem like the casuals will somehow box the hardcore out of the market and suddenly all support will shift away from us. The fact that these suped up $600+ graphics cards are being released every year proves that the hardcore market is intact and will remain intact for years to come.

Sony wouldn't have bothered making the PS4 16X more powerful than the PS3 if they weren't serious about the hardcore market.

2. Every company is anti-consumer in its own way. Sony removing BC/Linux compatibility from PS3s IS anti-consumer. Sony not putting a DECENT browser in the PS3 IS anti-consumer. Sony overcharging for Vita memory cards IS anti-consumer. Saying you'll want to work TWO jobs to buy a PS3 IS anti-consumer

3. Okay, then lets what for it to happen. If Microsoft is boxed out, then the gamers should decide their fate. This is very unlikely though as the Xbox brand has LEGIONS of fans.

4. I'll give you that. I would personally prefer to see Valve in Microsoft's place as they would provide a much stronger competition to Sony. Both companies strive to provide the best hardcore game experiences at the best value.
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1032d ago
Interesting seeing your initial reaction on the matter here compared to here...
LOGICWINS  +   1032d ago
There's a difference between defending a company and calling out a journalist.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1032d ago
People are defending the company? Or are they arguing against the claim? Too bad that "article" ain't up anymore it'd be interesting to see how the journalist did on that one... Besides your're not just calling the person out. You've also made arguments as too why it'd be foolish for them to quit. No?
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LOGICWINS  +   1032d ago
"You've also made arguments as too why it'd be foolish for them to quit. No?"

I think the journalist is foolish for believing that Microsoft would be foolish enough to quit.

This is simply a matter of rational vs. irrational.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1031d ago
***"I think the journalist is foolish for believing that Microsoft would be foolish enough to quit."***

So it isn't possible for one to think that the author is foolish for his claim in the link that I provided without being considered defending a company as opposed to just auguring against it? hmmmmmm....
LOGICWINS  +   1031d ago
Yes, that is possible.
Hingle_Mcringleberry  +   1032d ago | Well said
Business. Only those that are failing should quit. Those that are putting thousands of people out of work.
Say what you will about Microsoft and Kinect and casual gaming and blah blah blah, I bet you the folks at Lightbox, Liverpool, Superbot, Bigbig, 38 Studios, THQ, Zipper and LucasArts wish they still had their jobs. Microsoft's xbox business works. It keeps people in their jobs.
Can the same be said for N4G's favourite console maker? 10 thousand jobs! And they claimed the gaming sector wouldn't be affected and n4g just lapped it up.
You know who should quit? The company that couldn't make more than $6 million in profit during the festive season.
If you can't even make proper profit during the most lucrative time of the year, why bother sticking around indeed?
Oh sure the pundits will scream about diversity in games and only hardcore console maker and blah blah blah, clearly all that is talk cause they've been churning out game after game and most of them just tank, nobody buys them.
Heck I remember how everybody was high fiving each other when Starhawk was first rumoured and then announced. Fast forward to present day and the developer has gone bust. All talk.
Sony should quit the business. . .and open a charity. Sell the studios to publishers who know what they are doing.
Just my opinion. Aint free speech swell though?
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Father Murder X  +   1032d ago
You nailed it. What you stated can't be countered. Bubbles to you my friend.
supremacy  +   1032d ago
Its not about who makes the most profit; how exactly am i as a gamer suppose to just settle for clones and mediocreness because of some company making a profit? That tells me you are just thinking like a business man and not a gamer.

The article is about the companies who are contributing and largely investing in a wide range games. This industry is about the games and as this article points out, if you arent in it to make and distribute said games, then what are you in this busines for? its like a pharmacy promoting prepscription and not distributing any or a car company buying commercial deals to keep selling the same cars year after year without producing any new models or types of cars. Then whats the point of having you around? worse, why should we care?

You mentioned all those studios that were shut down, but you forget to mention the ones shut by MS themselves. Yes, Sony didnt make the money the other two made and we get it they arent making xbox live money because we also know MS has had its share of flops as well. And while Sony is guilty of shutting down some studios, i can tell you that has not stop them from funding/making and distributing new games. Regardless of the sales or profits all a gamer should really care about are the games and the experiences that come with them. I am no share holder, i dont have any stocks in any of these companies. But Gt, God of war, uncharted, little bigplanet all sell pretty well, but thats not what i play on my console.

MS makes smart decisions business wise with their marketing schemes and therefore tend to sell their product well, fair enough. Its a shame this is all they seem to offer, instead of you know actually contributing with some content. Want an entertainment box? build yourself a pc and you will be better off.

In all fairness i will say this article is unfair in the sense that we really dont know what MS is up to with their next gen console; chances are they could be working on some new ips. But as of now all we got are these rumors going around.
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omi25p  +   1032d ago
But surely its all about making profit.

If Sony continue to make tons of games when only a small percentage of its user base can afford all of them Surely its bad business sense.

Microsoft make great games like Halo for example. They release Halo 3 the "final Halo" it sells millions. Gamers beg them for more, The release Reach the "swan song" for Bungie.

Gamers demand more, Microsoft build a new story through books, anime and comics. Then with the new mythology they release a new trilogy that the fans demanded.

People say MS are just milking the franchise and basing there games of nothing. They aren't, you only have to look at the huge amounts of extra material they release to help build they're franchises to appease the fans.

No other company give the fans of INDIVIDUAL franchises more content then Microsoft.

they do this with a small amount of Exclusives that are extreamly popular.

Sony on the other hand release a bunch of exclusives in one year. One or two of them will sell well and the others will flop and the developers future will be in question.

I.E last year sony released 4 Big exclusives last year.

1. Starhawk
2. Playstation All Star Battle Royal
3. Ratchet and Clank Full Frontal Assualt
4. Twisted Metal

Starhawks developer Lightbox Interactive has lost exclusive rights to sony, Fired 24 of its 32 employees and now develops games for IOS after StarHawk sold poorly

Playstation All Star Battle Royal's Developer after releasing the game lost all ties to Sony due to poor sales.

Ratchet and Clanks Developer Insomniac games left Sonys exclusivity after poor sales on all of there Exclusive Franchises. i.e Resistance and Ratchet and Clank

Twisted Metal Sold poorly but the Developer Eat Sleep Play is still running
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CC-Tron  +   1032d ago
Head Shot and with one bubble. Very efficient kill.
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ILive  +   1032d ago
Ms is a very large company, they can survive without a gaming division. Honestly, I think Microsoft really just got in the business because they could, not because they were trying to innovate in the videogame business. I am not saying they should go away, but i think if they did leave the business, it really would not matter like if Sony or Nintendo were to.
thehitman  +   1032d ago
I think MS closed more studios they possessed than any under publisher under their time-frame I wouldnt talk about jobs and contribution. Also most of the studios Sony closes the jobs are kept and most of the devs are relocated to other studios that are doing well. Also Superbot was created solely for the creation of PS Allstars. The only jobs MS has been saving is the marketing teams they hire that they spend millions upon millions on. Also as gamers why should we care about the sole money aspect? We dont insert money into our consoles we insert games and want to play and enjoy them and if the company you spent your money on isnt contributing to the reason you actually bought your console why should we as gamers care about them in return?

P.S MS closed down Carbonated Games, FASA Studio, Ensemble Studio, Aces Studio and last year downsized Microsoft Studios Vancouver so before you go up and defending a company should know more about em first.
JokesOnYou  +   1032d ago
First I inserted plenty of games in my 360, nevermind that there are lots of great multiplats but why do people talk as if 360 didn't release any great exclusives over the last year while sony has released tons, just not true unless YOU believe only the games YOU like are worthy of being played.

Second why not list the studio's sony has closed, and if you knew anything about Microsoft studio closings you would know that many working at those studios were also reassigned to other studios just like you spoke of sony, but again why would you do that, that would be a balanced outlook and of course that's not your goal.

Third, of course we should in a small way care about profits, when a company is profitable it ensures they continue to produce more products or services instead of cutting back.
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kickerz  +   1032d ago
@ hingle - you my friend are a legend. Although me personally, dosnt want anyone to fail. I just want the Sony fanboys to ZIP IT, especially on every Xbox related article. game on my friends :)
stonecold3  +   1032d ago
they should quit while they are ahead if they cant make enough exclusives for the xbox instead of taking games away like ff and mgs series for example not good for business.
Chaostar  +   1032d ago
"Media Molecule approached Microsoft before Sony"

That true? Did not know that.
jakmckratos  +   1032d ago
Not sure about that but Heavenly Sword was indeed an Xbox(Yes first Xbox) exclusive before coming to PS3
Chaostar  +   1032d ago
I googled it, apparently it's true,

"These key individuals who formed Media Molecule flirted with Microsoft, Nintendo and even Valve"
M2-  +   1032d ago

On-topic: Competition is good.
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jc48573  +   1032d ago
i wouldn't even go that far if I favored one console only.
games333  +   1032d ago
We need Competition.

Just look at Madden NFL without any competition every year.
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Jyndal  +   1032d ago
Yet another pointless article written by someone who has entitlement issues.
StreetsofRage  +   1032d ago
A site called Eskimopress and submitted by FiLTHY ESKiMO. I like how he used a lower case i in his name. That's gangsta right there.
IK IR Y IP T  +   1032d ago
sony should quit they are the ones hurting for cash
clintos59  +   1032d ago
Yet they still find ways to keep their fanbase happy with new ip's. Pretty sad if u ask me to see richer companies make billions for fees to play online yet repay their own fanbase with AAA 3rd party games u can also find on other systems. Really smart of them in a business aspect if u ask me. Too bad their fanbase dont see it that way. Screw games aslong as they making that money so we can pay their bills, im happy. Lol
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xDHAV0K24x  +   1032d ago
they can make all the exclusives they wan't. They don't sell! Besides, majority of games are multipats! Look at nintendo. Sooo many exclusives yet nobody cares! Every character in Smash Bros. could have their own game! Don't dismiss xbox live's arcade exclusives like Mark Of The Ninja, Happy Wars and Deadlight
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Jek_Porkins  +   1032d ago
No thanks, I think we need all three consoles in the market to compete with each other. Better games, better prices, better features. They push each other and that is what's needed.

I think there are millions upon millions of gamer's happy with Microsoft in the game industry.
jakmckratos  +   1032d ago
I really facking hate Microsoft.Their base is comprised of the uninformed masses and the Halo fanboys as well as the 12 year olds who flock toward Xbox because that's what they play on South Park. A true gamer could never be entirely satisfied with the slim pickings and bad business practices that MS has been perpetuating. The fact they even have succeeded this generation is because they were able to get their RROD ridden consoles on the market first and they continuously offered the next Halo/Gears of War game each year. Playstation is just where you go to get a perpetual slew of fresh IPs that captivate the gamer. Nintendo also has some great, diverse series..their just bad at releasing enough to satisfy gamers.
BanBrother  +   1032d ago
You know they dedicated a whole episode (maybe 2) on the PSP right? Also, you'd find that most 360 gamers also have PS3's and PS2's. Most of the 360 fanbase are PS3 fans and only got the Xbox this gen because it was either cheaper and/or came out a year earlier.

Holy crap have you not seen those taco ads? It is possible to have both, it is only the little kids who do not understand this.
mcnablejr  +   1032d ago
'' as well as the 12 year olds who flock toward Xbox because that's what they play on South Park''

xDHAV0K24x  +   1032d ago
Why do u make it seem like they didn't handle the RROD issue at all? They even extended the warranty, gave free live subs, modified the d-pad and made a slim version. Kids are playing black ops on psn. Since it is free, the percentage of teens playing is thru the roof! What is more likely to occur? At the end of it, gamers are of all ages. Idc about that
Belking  +   1032d ago
MS could quit and still be ok. Sony needs this more than anyone else.
clintos59  +   1032d ago
The gaming industry would lose alot if nintendo or sony were to drop out. Microsoft on the other hand would not be a huge loss besides just being competition because of all the money they have but they can be definitely replaced. I base this from what they have brought to the gaming industry as a whole. If they deserve any credability it would be making online gaming on consoles where it is today. Other then that they aint much to brag about with their portfolio of games coming from their own studios.

Edit: I dont want microsoft to leave but if the rumours are true, I definitely dont want to see them succeed. If their not true then let the competition continue.
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voodoopickle  +   1032d ago
im a sony man all the way, but im still interested in seeing what MS is going to bring to the table. its kind of silly to talk smack about a company cause they haven't let anyone know what they have up their sleeve yet
KillrateOmega  +   1032d ago
Microsoft Should Quit The Gaming Biz
No true gamer would be able to support this notion.

It's a GOOD thing that no single gaming company monopolizes the market. The competition that they provide each other with is an important factor in driving them to improve their performance and content. They all strive to try and gain the upper hand, but inevitably their competition catches up and sometimes surpasses them. It's this cycle that allows for the most significant advancements in the gaming world.

Imagine if one company did manage to completely wipe out the competition and monopolize the industry. That company would then have no reason to improve, because they do not need to worry about losing customers to rival corporations. After all, there would none.

More competition is a good thing.
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ILive  +   1032d ago
What did competition force MS to do this gen?
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ExCest  +   1032d ago
I have no idea but it did get Sony (push games and software) and Nintendo (make a new console and try to get multiplats) to do something.
Bathyj  +   1032d ago
No, they should stay but start concentrating on games again like Xbox 1.

I'd love a Crimson Skies and Brute Force sequel. I feel like MS gave up on BF cos they wanted it to be a 3rd person Halo but it lacked execution. It wasnt a total waste though and they should have gave it another go. And Crimson Skies? Well that was just Christmas on a stick. (Thats a good thing.)
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Mustang300C2012  +   1032d ago
Go back and look at those sales of every exclusive including the sports games before EA came on board. They were losing money.
The whole exclusive crap is just another excuse to whine. Lets be clear on something. MS and Sony have closed studios they owned for a reason. Because the games are not turning a profit. MS decided what Sony recently in the years recognized is that the risk is too great with the amount of in-house studios. Go look at all the exclusives from this generation and see what are at the top in performance and we see why MS focused more on exclusive content than full on budget. Look at the list of games on Live and tell me what is the issue? Games are being played and played at a large volume on the 360. I don't have issues with exclusives at all. I just couldn't care less that the game is exclusive. There is a reason consumers are still using and buying the 360 AND paying for Live. Dealwitit!

Bottom line is MS brought the heat to Sony and Nintendo being the youngest in the console biz and regardless of RROD and YLOD or lack of exclusives MS has done what a business is supposed to do.
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RetrospectRealm  +   1032d ago
The guy who wrote this article is stupid.
RuleofOne343  +   1032d ago
Cause their is money to be made, also for the same reason Sony does not quit the Television or PC market even when their are other Manufacturers making better products .
OOG  +   1032d ago
.... Its a shame that this is where gaming sites are going and the gen didn't even start yet.

If people think this gen was bad... take a look at the community and nonsense some of you are ready to build for next gen without even knowing anything yet.

Competition breeds better products and games... sadly this is what you get with sites digging for hits.
TheGrimReaper  +   1032d ago
plain stupid...
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TXIDarkAvenger  +   1032d ago
I don't, competition is good. Well if MS left the console market, I would hope they move towards PC and publish games for it. But at the same time, I hope they don't do something stupid like make all MS published games exclusive to Windows Live similar to EA and Origin.
00  +   1032d ago
This person is stupid
Why is gaming media such a joke.
biRdy  +   1032d ago
Wow say what you want about the 360 but 40 million plus gold subscribers at $60 a year, why would Microsoft drop out?
who approves these?
Dms2012  +   1032d ago
Who approves these? Is that a rhetorical question?
iNathan  +   1032d ago
Drop Out a Business that is making them bilios now ?
If they had to drop it was back in 2005 when Xbox was making them to lose Money, not now that is a cash machine with Xbox Live, Points, Games, HW Sales, everything.

This guy should quit journalist, journalist just embarasse out industry, more than what it already is.

its bad for us gamers believe, block that damn site.
Jagsrock  +   1032d ago
Articles like this shouldn't be approved. Saying that Microsoft should just flat drop out of gaming is extremely juvenile especially when competition is one of the most important things in this industry. It's what keeps things from going stale and it's what helps insure that we get progress. Just because Microsoft doesn't seem like the popular choice these days is no reason for them to pack up and quit. The worst part about it is that we know pretty much nothing about the new xbox yet people are tearing it apart like no tomorrow. We know only a little about the PS4 yet not everything and people are acting as if it has already won. And then you have the wii U which has only been out a short while with it's very first e3 appearance as a released console coming up and people are already saying nintendo should trash it too. Please just do away with these types of articles.
Father Murder X  +   1032d ago
As long as there is a Sony Fanboy breathing articles like this will continue to get approved.
Broll  +   1031d ago
That and it's terribly written. Wondering if FiLTHY ESKiMO has an equally filthy, albeit worthless, Editor.
dollison27  +   1032d ago
What moron wrote this shit? This is quite possibly the most assinine shit ever written.
trenso1  +   1032d ago
they should never quit i dont like what they sell, but for them to quit would only leave nintendo and sony and i dont think nintendo can keep sony on its toes, unless a third company pops up
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contradictory  +   1032d ago
nah, that'd be too good to be true...

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