Gamnesia writes: "Our most recent poll revolved around the idea of third-party exclusives and whether they benefited the industry. After perusing the comments, I found that the response with regards to exclusive games was for the most part a resounding yes. As far as exclusive content is concerned however, the answer is a flat-out no. I, for one, fall more on the side of being for exclusivity in games, but not in content. Despite the simplicity of this question however, the answer is far more complex.
There is an argument to be made that third-party exclusives can really provide a selling point for a given console. Looking throughout gaming history, many of today’s great franchises have been or started as console exclusives; Halo, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, and Pokémon (among many others) have been featured mainly on one console (although some found their way to PC). Would I personally buy a new system just to play a single series? No, but to me, spending a few hundred dollars on a PlayStation or an Xbox just to play the latest game in a given series is not justifiable, especially if I haven’t already been following the series. That being said, I completely understand some consumers’ need to do so, and to that, I say that it’s wonderful that they are so dedicated."