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The Potential for Cross Platform Gaming

Over the last few day at E3, there was a reveal that the game Happy Wars was supposed to be a cross-platform game and a number of gamers are cheering for finally being able to play people on another console. Even though the aspect of cross-gaming is hardly pursued, both developers and the big three console makers are obviously missing the advantages of gaming across platforms.

First, there would be a Huge community for their games, doubling, tripling, or quadrupling a gamer's favorite games; so even the games that don't do well initially will still have a huge gaming community, which could increase the games sales overall for slow to sell sleeper hits (considering a strong online community is a considerable factor for purchasing older games), and if games have a significantly stronger online component rather than a single-player component, even if the game tanks in reviews the developers could have a second chance through the reputation of their online portion of their game; perhaps even making a rally despite having a weak single player campaign, setting themselves up for another chance through a sequel with a hopefully wiser, more fun-focused single-player campaign.

Next, temporary exclusivity will become relevant when first stepping on an online game when the other console has even a 30-day head-start, which would bring up a curious duality: the amount of temporarily-exclusive games will increase, which would increase revenue for developers, which would cost console developers, but could be theoretically beneficial due to the possible offset by gamers buying the earlier version of the game should go up significantly. As far as making DLC temporarily exclusive, well, there's an old hot-dog vendor saying: never make a man wait for onions. What I mean by that is although a person may want to have a little extra bells and whistles on their dog, most people will walk away if you leave them waiting, even if they wanted it. The protest potential for the already unpopular method of paying for downloadable content would likely be high. Obviously this would not work for dlc but it would motivate people to buy DLC as soon as possible so they can get good at the new maps because of the large community of fans playing together: most likely from the console fans who didn't get the game first.

Lastly, a lot of cross-console hostility will cease. There will always be exclusive games, and I think there should be to best express the nuances of each particular console, but when it comes to games that are on both consoles already, this represents an opportunity for game players to come together for what matters: to game. A lot of gamers in the end really don't care about the kind of consoles another person has, and they only serve to cause strife to people who have more things in common than their differences of choice. Communication between game owners in the end could prove beneficial to developers and console developers alike, as actual friends that own different console can get an honest opinion of how a game really is, without the advertising hype or fanboyism associated with most game reviews out there. To have a trusted buddy tell me an honest opinion about an exclusive like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Ryse: Son of Rome, or The Next Zelda game is worth more to me than all of the accolades that IGN, Kotaku, or Gametrailers could muster on a game.

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s45gr321437d ago

Good blog a crazy idea would be to have cross platform gaming with PC gamers, PS4 gamers, Xbox One gamers, and say smartphone/tablet gamers. That would be sweet.

kingdip901436d ago

It would bring the community closer together that's for sure, that way jabs about specs would be more playful than hateful.

pixelsword1433d ago

Thank you (and everyone else) for your kind words and for gracing my blog. :)

Tetsujin1436d ago

I'd promote more cross platform games, FF11 (first and only one I played) proved they can be successful.

Phoenix761435d ago

X-platform has already been done with PC and PS3. Portal 2 being the only one I know of from last gen. We need more :D

Tetsujin1435d ago

I remember when that was heavily advertised, and during the E3 where Gabe stepped on stage stating x play between the two. I never played it (motion sickness) but it did have an interesting concept.

caseh1435d ago

There are certain games that I would welcome cross platform, it simply increases the user base and accessibility which can only be a good thing really.

Some game on the other hand it really shouldn't happen, FPS games should never be allowed a cross over between consoles and PCs for example. I saw a little hostility on FF14 between PS4 and PC players at times as well, with PC gamers removing PS4 players from groups especially if they were using a pad.

Ghostdogg1434d ago

This would be absolutely amazing for ppl that are into Street fighter or Tekken and mmo's as well