Why Microsoft's E3 press conference should be cause for great concern.
Maybe they should spend at least half of their future conferences not talking about Kinect.
They are abandoning the core gamers just like the first xbox. They are just doing it in a different way. With the first xbox microsoft abandoned the core gamers by not supporting the xbox at all once the 360 released. With the xbox 360 they are abandoning the core gamers by focusing on the casuals.
Losing their co... huh thats weird? I thought core gamers loved lag, assist/auto mechanisms, tacked on shit and on rails showelware adventures. Kinect is teh futuerz!!! Sarcasm obviously.^^^ Give me the next gen box that caters towards core gamers again, with a few slick launch titles and maybe Ill forget this stupid crap.
This was obvious after last year's E3 -- not sure why the author of this piece is just noticing it now. Kinect was obviously a commercial success for Microsoft, but it sucks for core gamers.
Why are people convinced they abandoning core gamers after one press conference? Is it the lack of exclusive? The lack of air time for the FPS during the show? Either way you stack it the facts stay the same. Exclusives are dying between all consoles because developers are branching out with new sandbox to tools which enable easier cross platform development. They also want more money. Just because there is less exclusives doesn't diminish the amount of game coming in the next year. Halo 4, COD, GoW3, FEAR3, Battlefield 3, Fable: Journey, Ghost Recon: FS, etc. There are plenty more. These games are well know and covered all the time by the media. The presentation showed that Microsoft is simply trying to attract more gamers in a different genre. The game floor was still filled with hardcore gamer wants, just not the show. I like seeing what is in store for the next generation of the dashboard and Kinect. The technology is still blossoming and possesses lots of potential. The gun smith in Future Soldier was amazing, the level of detection in fun labs is a leap forward, and the digitizing of local object is a new way to interact with the console. I am not convinced on Kinect's place in the hardcore gamer market but in the entertainment, family, and kids space it is incredible. Overall, not a fan of the way the presentation went but I don't see a problem with the design. New audiences need attention too. Hardcore gamers got what they wanted but just not during the presentaion.
The gunsmith in Future Soldier did look good but it looked good anyway even for non-Kinect users. The attraction for me was the level of customisation available, the kinect functionality of being able to gesture-wiggle gun parts around in space or inaccuratley fire on a motion controlled shooting range didnt appeal to me at all. But at the end of the day with Future Soldier you still have to pick up a pad to play it - so Kinect is just an optional gimmick.
" Exclusives are dying between all consoles because developers are branching out with new sandbox to tools which enable easier cross platform development. " Hence the acquisition of studios being a sound business principle. Imagine a 3 console future where all games can only be found on one of them as the other 2 share exactly the same multi format library and the other has exclusives, which one would consumers buy? Would we even need 2 consoles with the same line up? It's unlikely to happen, but let's not pretend that it wouldn't matter.
Let's just say Xbox 360 did make more exclusive games. Are we seriously going to buy every single one of them? Of course not we are going to buy the ones that we like. That is what Microsoft is doing. They are making the titles that people like. People need to get real. Playing games isn't the only thing I do. And if it was, how am I going to get the money to buy all these games? I think most of the naysayers are kids and people with no life.
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