Who is to blame for Xbox One?
Okay, normally my post about games and this industry are pretty unbiased as I really try and see the perspective of all sides. First of let me say I've owned every console under the sun but have remained a PC gamer my entire life. This blog is in no way shape or form a console war, or siding with any console. Its just truths that I think some if not most could agree with.
The Xbox One reveal was how I anticipated it, I posted on twitter and Facebook that the reveal would be Entertainment first and gaming second. Honestly though I didn't think it would be that bad, but it was. This reveal was focused on TV and Sports while revealing little to no gaming at all. Oh, and let us not forget Call of Duty.
Is Microsoft just a ridiculously smart company or are they just slowly putting the final nail(s) in the coffin. Well, I personally think that its your fault, yeah you, the Xbox Gamer, the one who claims Xbox is and all that ever will be gaming. Why wouldn't Microsoft capitalize on our stupidity as a community. Xbox has dropped so many exclusives from their library in place of "timed exclusive DLC" and IT WORKED for them! Do you guys think they don't check statics, online usage and number? The top 3 Xbox 360 games are Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War. So what do they do? First off they literally beat the hell out of Halo and keep it going even after Bungie decided to leave. They realized that Gears was stale by the third one but with the name they could make a prequel (and it worked). Finally, the juggernaut of Sales was and always will be Call of Duty. Microsoft realized that all they need is Call of Duty, but Activision isn't stupid and they wouldn't give Microsoft the exclusivity of the game so Microsoft paid them a ridiculous amount of money to release Map Packs, and guess what...IT WORKED.
All the Xbox Gamers I have grown up with, and have played games with only really play Gears, Halo, and Call of Duty. In normal circumstances a company can not sustain with just 3 games but because of Call of Duty Microsoft can! They can even go on showing a new IP and having almost no one care (quantum something), They have put themselves in such an amazing position because they own the majority of a game that surpasses every game sold every year. They don't need to care about Gamers anymore, they don't need to worry about new IP's, hell they don't even really need to make games at all. They can simply switch over to TV and Sports because as long as Call of Duty is the number one selling game on their console, they really don't need to worry about us anymore, the core that established them as a formidable company in terms of gaming and internet service, no longer caring about anything but TV and Sports.
As a community we should withhold, and really show them that the core gamers are the foundation of their company. Without us, they are nothing and should be shown that. Why continue to feed your money to a company that clearly shows you they do NOT CARE ABOUT YOU. They charge you to pay for a service that ENABLES you to play games online. A service that is ALREADY PART OF THE GAME IN GENERAL. They charge you to watch Netflix, although you already pay Netflix. They rely on you picking up a small amount of IPs in big numbers to sustain their profits. If not for Call of Duty being so competitive on Xbox and everyone trying to be a "Pro Gamer" on Xbox I honestly think Microsoft would've remained as humble as they did with the first Xbox, and the first few years of the 360.
I have no intention to buy a Xbox One, I know a lot of people are saying wait til E3, but I'll say this now far before E3. I guarantee we will see maybe 5 IPs (new and old), little footage, a price, and Xbox Live features. That is my prediction. I can't feel bad for how Xbox Gamers are being treated, because anytime I think about it I can honestly just blame them. Supporting a company like you do Microsoft, always sticking up for them even when you know they are in the wrong, making excuses for everything from greed to reveals. All of it, is part of their plan, as long as they have you..they are going to only get worse. So go spend your 500+ on your Xbox One but for me its more like Xbox None (hehe).
Thanks for reading! If you have an opinion please discuss.
Oh, and yes I put Xbox Gamers, because the fanboys for Xbox have put themselves in their own category all together.