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Submitted by Grateful Ghoul 580d ago | opinion piece

Xbox Originals: Is It Wise Picking A Fight With Netflix, When Microsoft Are Already On The Ropes?

Over the years, the developing relationship between film and video-games is enough to make even the most optimistic gamer sigh. This is usually caused by either the movie or game in question being made for the wrong reasons. Artistic integrity goes out the window as, primarily, these products are created for the sole purpose of generating additional income from said property and promoting visibility.

We all know this, which is probably why the majority of attempts have failed miserably, and it doesn’t matter which way around they have been attempted. They tried to turn Super Mario and Street Fighter into movies with infamous results and we can all name enough movie-tie in games to fill a bargain basket. So why on earth are Microsoft reportedly in early discussions to bring video-game classics, such Fable, Age of Empires, Forza, State of Decay and Gears of War into the brave new world of Original Programming?

Is this yet another misstep from Microsoft or are they genuinely onto... (Halo Franchise, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Originals)

Mikefizzled  +   580d ago
To be called on the ropes is wildly unfair. Hell I'd be pushed to say Wii U is on the ropes.
tgunzz  +   580d ago
Mikefizzled  +   580d ago
Elaborate please?
tgunzz  +   580d ago
More ether....
lelo  +   580d ago
"When Microsoft Are Already On The Ropes"

LOL. Microsoft on the ropes ?

If Microsoft are on the ropes, then all other companies are on the crap.
Webbyy  +   580d ago
lol These guys do realize that Microsoft is a multibillion dollar company right?

Smh, i guess anything for clicks..
badz149  +   580d ago
and Netflix isn't?
Webbyy  +   580d ago
@badz149 you seriously comparing Microsoft's worth with netflix? O_o
badz149  +   580d ago
I'm not. All I'm saying is, Netflix is also a multibillion dollar company. Not as huge as MS, sure, but every company has their own stronghold and so does Netflix in this.

Being multibillion alone doesn't guarantee success in anything you do. For example, MS's effort in Multimedia player market with the Zune, their Smartphone, their Tablet...are those a success yet?
MasterD919  +   580d ago
This whole article is written from the view of a fanboy.
air1  +   580d ago
Tell me about it! What does this person want ms to do stay on the "ropes"..

I just don't get why a lot of fanboys can't consider how well it's selling. The all or nothing mentality is really annoying..
vega275  +   580d ago
Wouldn't Microsoft have to be in financial trouble to at least be considered on the ropes. I admit MS isn't doing great with the one. But saying they are on the ropes is a big exaggeration on the part of the author.

You can clearly tell this is for hits.
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Thehyph  +   580d ago
"Picking a fight with Netflix"

More like: jumping in the same boat as Netflix and picking a fight with cable companies.
MysticStrummer  +   580d ago
They're all picking a fight with the networks.
wls1012  +   580d ago
there's a lot of smart people at Microsoft,I'm sure they can make the magic happen.
MrSwankSinatra  +   580d ago
There's no such thing as magic, it's gonna take precision to get xbox originals to be a contender with netflix.
ElementX  +   580d ago
I haven't heard anything about Age of Empires, Forza, or State of Decay being turned into programs.
Grateful Ghoul  +   580d ago
Microsoft teased a few days ago that these games will one day be TV shows but are currently in early talks.

"While these are Microsoft's concrete plans for Xbox Originals, they ended our meeting with a rather huge tease for things-to-come. A sizzle video showed off footage from Gears of War, Fable, State of Decay, Forza Motorsport, and Age of Empires with a promise that all of these Microsoft gaming IP will eventually become television shows. “The games that define us will become the stories that thrill us,” the video teased. But first, it seems Microsoft will have to get some more shows out the pipeline first."
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mhunterjr  +   580d ago
I don't really see this as MS competing with netflix... More like trying to add some value to their existing xbox live services.

If they wanted to compete with netflix, they'd be securing licensed content in addition to creating their own... Just like Netflix is doing. Perhaps they are taking baby steps towards that sort of model, and I'd welcome it, but I don't see that as happening anytime soon.
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Father Murder X  +   580d ago
How is this picking a fight with Netflix. Fanboys are always coming up with this stupid shit to get hits.
ruefrak  +   580d ago
Misleading title.
Video streaming services are popular so naturally Microsoft is going to chase it. Kind of reminds me of the Zune debacle. "Apple has a successful mp3 player and music store, therefore we need to have an mp3 player and music store." The result was a zune which nobody bought and a music store that people still don't use.
They would probably be better at putting their time and money toward new games instead of trying to compete with Netflix.
kewlkat007  +   580d ago
Dumbest title of the week...
SliceOfTruth888  +   580d ago
New headline should say "Should I be making blanket statements about things I have no clue about?"
Baszs  +   580d ago
Creating their own channel is purely done to keep their rights in the shows that they are going to publish & air. Remember the funding and the rights debate microsoft had with universal and fox when the wanted to produce a halo movie..

Publishing these shows under their own corporation makes things easier. And it's not that it is a huge competitor towards netflix.
ghostface9  +   580d ago
I am tired of these idiots who write articles online trying to make everything microsoft does something bad for click bait. Microsoft making their own tv shows and the halo digital movie is only a good thing for xbox owners its free so there is no problem so stfu writers.

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