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Gates takes on Sony and Nintendo
I believe Bill mentions his philanthropy as he tries to get attention drawn to his Foundation, to raise even more. He's as much of a philanthropist, then, as Bono or Bob Geldof at least...
Anyway, having read the full article his major comment is that he wanted to not be the one who launches a year late with an overly expensive, massive machine this time. It is quite amusing how the tables have turned with Sony this generation, and it seems like Sony's ahving the same trouble MS did...
It also would help if they posted the full article and not just pulled very subjective bits of it -
has a lot more of it.
Which part of "lady_fluffstar" says I'm a man? ^_^
FEAR etc were all third party non-exclusives. They never said they were exclusive. Nearly all those Sony ones are first party and therefore unlosable. I'd hardly count Singstar as a game, too...
Exclusives matter little when Sony haemorrhage them so often. Final Fantasy? It was in the news last year Squeenix have said they "want to support all platforms equally". That sounds like they'll be knocking exclusivity on the head. Kojima stated in an interview MGS4 very nearly came out on 360 due to the lateness of the PS3 devkit. Capcom have thrown 3 series MS's way already, with no mention of any intention to make them multi-platform IPs, and in fact a few rumours of being bought out. GTA IV is now simultaneous release, Virtua Fighter's just a delayed release, and thanks to using the Lost Planet engine Devil May Cry is likely to follow suit. What's left? Gran Turismo? Killzone? Singstar? Getaway?
On the other hand, MS have plenty of new and existing IP - Mass Effect, Fable, Knights of the Old Republic, Halo, Viva Pinata, Kameo, Jade Empire, Halo Wars, Banjo Kazooie, Crackdown, Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Dead Rising, Lost Planet, Gears of War... it's a very long list, and it's probably due in large part because of developer support. MS made their system developer friendly, supplied a good SDK and other such tools, and have forged links with companies to aid development. When have Sony ever done anything to help companies they don't own in any way? Now the backlash has begun, with developers bitterly slaying the lack of PS3 tools and support, calling it a "catch up" machine, and belittling how utterly hopeless and green the tilt tools are.
Nintendo look to do better this round as they've got the success of DS to roll off, but they too need to get their finger out and support their machine. MS have had a very slow start for games, and their opposition seems to be having similar trouble. MS aren't the saviours of gaming, but they're also not the devil. The whole Evil Empire thing's old now, and quite boring. They're all as bad as each other, make no mistake, but at least they're not all just talking hardware.
Well, all I've heard of PS3 IS hardware, to be frank. I'd be gutted if I spent $600 just to play MotorStorm, and I guess that's why they aren't shifting. Having watched, in CEX Newcastle, someone actually PLAYING a PS3, RR7 at that, I'm not exactly itching to take out a loan to get one. More games, less cost, and I'll be nearer.
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