CliffyB: "Internet Whining" Didn't Force Microsoft's Hand
You might think Microsoft responded purely to the backlash plastered all over the Internet, and now we have a better Xbox One.
But game design veteran Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski says Microsoft wasn't forced into rescinding their used game and online policies because of Internet hostility. Rather, he said Sony deserves the credit. As he posted on Twitter:
"Sony forced Microsoft's hand, not the internet whining. At the end of the day many hardcore dislike what was attempted. You can't do well in that space with many of your core unhappy. Especially when users have a choice. The nature of capitalism encourages competition and Sony played into that."
However, while everyone is celebrating the move now, CliffyB has a very serious warning that we should all acknowledge. There's no doubt that Microsoft is sacrificing some cash in light of these recent policy decisions, but they're going to want to make that money back. Said Bleszinski:
"Brace yourselves. More tacked on multiplayer and DLC are coming. You're also about to see available microtransactions skyrocket. HATS FOR EVERYONE. You're going to see digital versions of your favourite games with added features and content to lure you to digital over disc based.
I have seen the number of unique gamer tags vs actual sales numbers and it ain't pretty. More studios WILL close and you'll see more PC and mobile games. I want developers who worked their asses off to see money on every copy of their game that is sold instead of Gamestop. Fuck me, right?"
At the very least, this guy has always spoken his mind. He's probably not the only developer to think along these lines, and it does make a lot of unfortunate sense. By the way, that's what I want from Microsoft for sales reports- Unique gamer tags vs. sales numbers. For the 360, which was a colossal piece of sh** in terms of reliability, the sales numbers were greatly inflated because a whole lot of people had to buy multiple 360s. Many I know didn't trust MS to fix the RRoD issue, so they just got a new system.
So, how many of those sales went to repeat customers? Just wondering...
6/20/2013 11:32:35 AM Ben Dutka