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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?

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Majin-vegeta1594d ago

5....4...3...2...*Flame on*

Snookies121594d ago (Edited 1594d ago )

Lol, this article is definitely firewood. ;]

Seriously, true gamers wouldn't want any console to fail, drop out, or "quit".

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pr0t0typeknuckles1594d 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.

dedicatedtogamers1594d 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).

blackbeld1594d 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.

Rush1594d ago

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!

thechosenone1594d ago (Edited 1594d 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

Welshy1594d ago

@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".

Axe991594d 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.

guitarded771594d 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.

Donnieboi1594d ago

@Snookies: Let M$ quit, Valve will replace them.

JokesOnYou1594d ago (Edited 1594d 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.

nix1594d ago (Edited 1594d 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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nukeitall1594d ago

@light_bar

"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.

Zeusprototype1594d ago (Edited 1594d 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

Aceman181594d 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.

Saigon1594d 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.

jut4201594d ago

@nukeitall
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-Bandit1594d ago (Edited 1594d 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).

BLow1594d 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.

loulou1594d 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..

DigitalRaptor1594d ago (Edited 1594d 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.

NewZealander1594d 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!

1upgamer991594d ago

I don't know about that. It seems like Wii U has gotten more hate than most others.

PS3and4_HAS_GAMES1594d 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.

adorie1593d ago

True.DAT

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.

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oof461594d ago

Wish I could insert a gif right here...

kingfetish171594d ago

Microsoft shouldn't quit.

COMPETITION = INNOVATION

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II1594d ago

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.

dcbronco1594d ago

Good thing Microsoft isn't a company.

CEOSteveBallmer1594d ago

Please replace Microsoft with Sega!! Please??

pixelsword1594d ago

*Escorts young boys into a school buss and orders the driver to get as far away as he can*