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Xbox chief Phil Spencer: "Microsoft needed a reboot"

GreyBeard

2 months ago

Spencer is a consummate politician. His soundbytes are always good but then you look and see what the actual actions are... the story remains more-or-less the same.

I mean its funny to me, for all the hoo-ha at xbone launch about their plans the future we're looking at isn't actually all that different. You want to play online, then you need an xbox live subscription, if you want access to game pass titles, here's another subscription on top of that. Both need always-online validation, and if you stop paying them you lose access to everything until you resume.

Its all packaged a lot more appealingly but its still a situation where if you suddenly were to find yourself without a connection for a prolonged period, most of your content and functionality basically disappears.
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance review - history is a double-edged sword

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2 months ago

@Tremulant86

It gets aggravating to be constantly preached at.

Particularly when the whole identity-politics brigade seems to operate on a simple dichotomy where you're either down with the priesthood, or you are one of the damned.
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GreyBeard

2 months ago

@CalamityJames

Are you saying with a straight-face that the ethnic make-up the Czech capital is necessarily emblematic of that found in more isolated and rural parts of that nation?

That's now. Now think for a moment how it was in a pre-industrial age where travel was far less easy and people were doubtless more fearful and xenophobic than in todays more enlightened times.
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GreyBeard

2 months ago

@locoold

Well said. But its also true that places like ResetEra are completely dominated by a US-centric view of what an appropriate ethnic make-up is supposed to look like.

Its yet another example of the how riddled with hypocrisy these arguments are. Its undeniably imperialistic how they seek to impose their viewpoints on game-makers from all nations and cultures without any consideration to the diversity of perspective that comes from differing geography and national history.
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GreyBeard

2 months ago

The most depressing thing about the "woke" part of this review is the citation of Resetera as some kind of reliable source for information, when even a cursory examination of that "community" shows them to be far, far, off the deep-end politically.

Its a depressing gulag of a board run by lunatic ideologues who themselves are as racist and hateful as it comes. They dehumanize political opponents by labelling them as "alt-right", "gamergaters", and "nazis" and by so doing justify their own intolerance and hatred as being virtuous.
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Sea of Thieves' kraken leaks

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2 months ago

@pelican_

Trying to them a favour LOL.

My first comment on what is at least* the 4th SoT article this week. btw.


*probably more, but looking back further than 4 days seemed superfluous given that was more than enough to make the point.
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GreyBeard

2 months ago

Another day, and yet another shill-piece for SoT failing to set the comments on fire.
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The video game industry's loot box problem isn't going away

GreyBeard

2 months ago

Anyone who seriously think this is going anywhere because a couple of Dem. senators are making some noise about it is delusional. Sorry, but it doesn't take a deep understanding of the current state of US politics to see why its particularly unlikely why this is going to get any traction at this point in time.
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GreyBeard

2 months ago

What's skeletor doing in that picture above?
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Why the founder of Traveller's Tales released a director's cut of an old Sonic game 25 years later

GreyBeard

2 months ago

Yeah, there are a few half-truths in this article. First of all Jon was hardly one of the first people making games, he started in the late eighties on the Amiga. Secondly, although he's a supremely talented coder to say that he was the sole coder at TT is untrue past the initial development of Leander when it was just him and Andy Ingram working out of their rented house. If memory serves he made his initial hires before Puggsy was complete, and certainly by the time of Bram Stoker's Dracula TT was a proper small team in a little office.

Now, to be fair Jon did do all the heavy lifting on the next few projects, and there's no questioning his dedication. BUT it's worth remarking that the same extreme hours were expected of his employees and certainly there was a degree of one-upsmanship between him and his other main coders Chris Stanforth and Dave Dootson driving up the bar of technical accomplishment.

I like Jon, and I've always had massive respect for his skill as both a programmer and an entrepreneur (the Lego SW deal he pursued relentlessly for years being his crowning achievement), but lets just say he's never had a shortage of self-belief -or sarcasm for that matter!
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Monster Hunter World tested: four consoles, eight games modes - but which is best?

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3 months ago

@leeroye

My thoughts exactly. The hardware is all so similar this gen and on a clearly laid out hierarchy of capability, surprises are rare.
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Rainbow Six Siege players unhappy at timed-event with paid-only cosmetic packs

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3 months ago

@Solegor

Yeah, yeah, yeah, because you're entitled to everything for free...

The point about cosmetics is that they aren't disadvantageous in a game balance sense, ergo getting them is a thing of pure WANT as opposed to NEED.

"Wants" you get to pay for in the real fucking world.
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Xbox Game Pass revives Xbox One's digital vision - without the evil

GreyBeard

3 months ago

The bottom line about the whole "Netflix for Games" scenario, is simply asking whether *most* games could turn a profit based on a tiny percentage of income from a 7.99 per user monthly spend.

My answer being a simple, unequivocal no.

The economics and consumption pattern simply don't add up for most, not all, games.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@Old__Snake

If you were a retailer, knowing that a certain first-party title is coming out day-and-date on Game Pass, would you increase or decrease your stock based on expectation/pre-orders?

Similarly would you prioritize or de-prioritize that whole ecosystems product line via store-front placement of inventory and promotional materials?

How exactly do you see this playing out?
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@Old__Snake

As expected, no actual rebuttal just the same factually and intellectually void reverse arguments.

Please feel free to stick your fingers in your ears, you're still a clueless idiot, just a particularly cowardly and weak example of the species.

The fact remains noone was talking about Game Pass last week, and that MS are willing to throw a huge chunk of their future first-party sales revenue onto this hail-mary pass simply shows how little they actually value that part of their business.

The push-back from retail is going to very interesting I think.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@Old__Snake

Who the fuck are you to dispute the fact that the internet response to Game Pass has been muted prior to this announcement?

I see you blindly disputing everyone else and demanding proof that Game Pass isn't the great success you clearly want to believe it is.

You back your assertions for once, show us some numbers or STFU please.

Your ignorance and condescension is making it difficult for me to remain civil.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@Old__Snake

But it hasn't. Game Pass has been around for about a year, right? Noone has said jack about it really since launch, like PSNOW, its just been "there".

And you're missing the point, EA could do it, but they selling across multiple platforms and on their own subscription service. They don't have anything like the same vested interest that MS do in supporting a wider service economy (XBL).
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@Old__Snake

The news here is that MS are adding their self-published titles day and date to game pass. A service that's been around for quite awhile attracting little comment.

Which is a nice change, but hardly revolutionary as they simply don't release that many titles per year. It makes the service better, but really its not that big of a deal in overall terms.

Just because MS are willing to sacrifice retail sales of their first-party to prop up their eco-system, its a far cry from every publisher (assuming that they don't have an equivalent subscription system of their own) from doing the same thing.

Nothing's changed, and game pass is still mostly filler that's long since passed its sell-by date. That MS are having to do this to bolster the service's profile should say all that needs to be said about how enthusiastic the rest of the industry is about the potential of the service.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@Old__Snake

Its really not. And honestly Sony are not the only competition here, there's this company called Nintendo that are doing kinda well right now based largely off the strength of their first-party :D

You are drastically overestimating the value of MS own contributions as a publisher to the market as a whole.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@karldesfosses

Its not going to change a thing because unlike with Netflix, the content is not homogenous in terms of how users consume it.

Sure, it makes sense to put out games like Sea Of Thieves on the service but something like Cuphead that could be "beaten" easily within a single month?

It makes sense to offer day and date for "lifestyle" type product that requires an XBL subscription and importantly is DLC/MTX friendly. On the other hand for once-and-done type experiences that don't require much in the way of online interaction beyond gamerscore support... not so much at all.
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Twisted Metal's David Jaffe forced to lay off "vast majority" of staff

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3 months ago

@Miyamotosan

Doesn't work like that. Games get cancelled often for reasons quite divorced from anything to do with their own merits. Publisher politics, budgetary concerns, perceived changes to the market, etc.

Not to mention some games come together creatively later in the dev process than sooner, so any notion of "better" is far from an absolute measure.
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Xbox Game Pass just got a lot better

GreyBeard

3 months ago

@Cyber6

The drawback is you don't own shit and access to content is at the provider's discretion -and internet connection permitting- at all times.

Its also worth considering that not all types of games are suited to this model, and that MS are offering this is very telling for the sort of titles they'll be offering going forwards.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

I'm not saying its isn't "pro-consumer" (although Christ knows, I hate that term and the way its used basically as a synonym for "I like this" most of the time), just pointing out its not without drawbacks.

Never forget: EA started this off, and look at the way they've leaned into the maxing revenue from the service model in all their products since then.

Its just a sweetener to incentivize online subscriptions.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

Funny how when its presented like this, everyone is like "gee this is so pro-consumer", and yet if you look at it another way its pretty much the same you own nothing, and your access lasts only so long as you connect online for validation concept that blew up in MS' face at the start of this gen.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

Given how few first-party titles MS releases per year, its actually somewhat less generous (and smarter, business-wise) than it actually seems.
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Why the people behind crowdfunded Camelot Unchained won't sell spaceships or castles

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3 months ago

@markjacobs

Good luck to you and your team Mark.

I wish I'd stressed more in my original post that even if the original spec was perhaps overambitious for the budget (and to be fair, I'm judging off what is currently the target) I don't think there was anything fundamentally wrong with the initial budget/pitch.

Developers being forced to seek additional funding due to unforseen circumstances/contingencies is perfectly normal and understandable.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

Not heard of this before, but honestly it looks horrendously over-specced for the budget. $2.2m from crowdfunding, $2m from Jacobs, and $1m from other investors is not that much for an MMORPG.

Strikes me that the crowdfunding was intended not to bankroll a finished project, but a prototype/vslice that could be shown to venture capitalists and other potential backers in order to secure the real funding for the bulk of development and crucially the actual running costs of the thing.
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The wait was worth it for Ethan Carter on Xbox One

GreyBeard

3 months ago

@mostro

It was so OTT I wasn't sure if it was a real fanboy rant or a perfectly executed piece of satire.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@mikemixon

Seriously. Your epic piece of performance art actually got fewer rate-downs than my last mild-as-milk post!

Work smarter not harder, Son.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@pelican_

Given the transition to x64 architecture the likelihood that the next Playstation isn't backwards compatible with PS4 software is very, very small.

And sorry, but there's a massive difference between wanting to go back and play a PS1 era game that has no direct modern counterpart (e.g Castlevania SOTN), and one that has basically been superceded on a like-for-like basis many times over since then like Gran Turismo.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@pelican_

So yeah, PS1 and PS2 versions of the same cars and tracks do look ancient, SD versus HD and now UHD and HDR is quite the jump especially when placed side-by-side for direct comparison.

Like I said, a completely reasonable statement about like-for-like experiences.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@pelican_

That Jim Ryan quote was specifically referencing older entries in the Gran Turismo series. And was mainly highlighting how far the simulation and technology has advanced since the PS1 days.

In context it was actually a reasonable comment.
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Penis-based party game Genital Jousting leaves Early Access, gains a story mode

GreyBeard

3 months ago

Quick, print a screenshot and put it on your wall, you too can be just like Quantic Dream!
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Sources: Microsoft plots Fable return

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3 months ago

@Ringo-Prime

That's utter BS.

Seriously, Nier: Automata was a pretty low-budget project. Saito jokingly referred to it as AA at best, and that's with most of the "value" (music, scenario/IP, character-design) being supplied by SE.

Platinum didn't even have their A-team staff on the project, because they were -as expected, given it was a passion project for Kamiya- working on Scalebound

Nier was never expected to do that well and came about mainly because some of younger (i.e. less senior) staff members at Platinum were fans of the original game.

Whatever happened with Scalebound it was purely to do with that project's own issues.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@Dismiss

Is it really easier?

With a existing IP you (1) need to please long-standing fans of the franchise, which is not always that easy to do. (2) You need to "win back" lapsed fans of the franchise by showing something different in terms of direction to where the last entries left off. (3) You need to create a version of the IP that appeals to people new to the franchise or whom never had an interest in it.

Creatively speaking its a millstone, and from a business perspective its benefits are dubious.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

Why are MS so averse to trying to build new IP's?

Not complaining about them making a new Fable per se, but honestly why try and resurrect a brand they ran into the ground as opposed to simply making a fresh new RPG?

Even if you are a fan of the original games, there's a lot of negative baggage getting brought along too, so at best resurrecting the IP has to be considered something of a double-edged sword both sales-wise and creatively.
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New UK studio from makers of Driveclub, MotorStorm

GreyBeard

3 months ago

@GavinUK86

ResetEra is nothing like GAF at the beginning, its a continuation of the Stalinist shit-hole that Malka allowed it to turn into. Only difference is the more open moderation is actually providing a visual record of their slide into dementia.

Gaf started to devolve after Lore twigged to the fact that the NeoGaf brand had a bit of juice, thanks to shoutouts from folks like Garnett Lee on 1UP. That was when his ego really exploded, only to be checked hard and quickly by the realization that the actual industry thought the site was a joke, and only ever paid it attention as a cost-free marketing tool.

It was at that point he stepped back and allowed the lunatics to take over the asylum, resulting ultimately in him being hoist on his own petard by the same faux-progressive zealots he enabled.

ResetEra is just the same shit without the brand cachet, which is ironic considering that despite their "the place that shall not be named" stance, it is basically the same demented shit-show that Gaf turned into post Gamergate.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

Its funny to see when a poster from GAF get namechecked considering that site's history of running every name developer dumb enough to post there out on a rail after failing some sort of moronic purity test.

Seriously, stop enabling these idiots' delusions of self-importance. That narcissism is at the core of why both GAF and latterly ResetEra are such rotten places.
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David Cage and Quantic Dream "shocked" by allegations of unhealthy studio culture

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3 months ago

@ItsJustAC

To be fair I did actually write that I was dubious about excessive overtime actually being beneficial to productivity. Effective planning and organization is far more impactful imho than forcing people towards burnout with demands for ludicrous hours.

Crunching in my experience is pretty much inevitable though,the only thing is how harsh and for how long it extends on a given situation.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@ziggy_played_guitar

Sorry I'm just sick and tired of people using the progressive stack to de-platform and dismiss anyone deemed personally inconvenient.

The whole notion of the thing was to allow disadvantaged and oppressed voices to be heard even when they are the minority. These days its simply used to preemptively convict and expel without need for further evidence, argument and process.

Its not elevating anyone, its simply being used a pseudo-moral cudgel to crush dissenters and opponents.

The big laugh of course is that if they can't get the person on the grounds of the race, gender, orientation or whatever, they can always fall back on "internalized"-isms, "dog-whistling" and a whole bunch of verbiage that anyone with a lick of sense can see is simply projected fault.

There is no moral outrage here, noone gave a shit about the staff of a French software developer yesterday, and they care not one iota more today, its just an excuse to trash Cage and generate some cynical traffic by spicing it up with topical controversy.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@ziggy_played_guitar

This isn't about victims, its about the disingenuous, typically anonymous, cowards who use this sort of thing to wag their sanctimonious fingers and try and make themselves feel better by piling onto the next politically sanctioned "bad guy".

Seems to me this is mostly just a pretext for people who have an existing beef with Cage and his work to try and get some free cheap-shots in.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@Berezi

In the immortal words of Les McQueen; "Its a shit business".

The reality is that in 2 decades plus of working in the business I encountered plenty of dickheads at all levels of the job; several of whom failed upwards due to cronyism and other dubious things. But that's just life. Its not fair.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@berezi

Generally speaking though, I think its fair to say if you don't get on with the boss, your days are numbered whether you are flipping burgers or doing cutting-edge science.

QD gives off a very auteur-driven vibe, so Cage being autocratic strikes me as being entirely expected. The thing is though quality of output and the personableness of the boss is two separate things. I've never heard anyone have a good word to say about Yu Suzuki from anyone ever... but guy's a legend.

As to the culture of over-work, I think that's again par-for-the-course in the industry. Not saying its good, hell, I've always been doubtful is effective for maximizing productivity, just that its the nature of the beast.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

Oh no, a "funny pictures"/"jokes" thread on the studio intranet... quelle horreur!
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PUBG becomes Xbox One sensation surpassing 3 million players in a month

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3 months ago

@frazzl

I already speculated why MS PR has resorted to this, and truthfully there has to be a lot of internal pressure for a big win. Its not a cardinal sin, after all who expects truth in advertising, but it was such a blatant ploy I had to coment.

The truth is you are the fanboy, not me. I'm not the one overreacting and acting all personally offended about this. Hell, I've not even said anything negative really.

Lastly: "Taking me down", my arse. This thread shows that the only comeback offered is braying claims that "U R Da Fanboy" and the inevitable rate-downs from my clown-car of anti-fans.

And like I've said many times, if you can't mount a cogent and persuasive counter-argument, who gives a fuck? A rate down means I just owned your worthless soul for the time it took you to click.

You have no argument, because you don't have the brains to formulate one.You just don't like what I have to say and are compelled to flail at me because... wait for it... the real fanboy here isn't me, its you binky.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@frazzl

Nah, I only got into the console war bit when I started getting abuse from Xbox fanboys irate over the fact that I pointed out that using "players" was a cheap ploy to big-up their numbers because they knew it'd be conflated/misrepresented as units sold.

Which of course is EXACTLY what happened here :D

And for the record I'm always honest. What possible reason would I have to lie when stating my views online? The truth it seems it more than enough to get a rise out of the usual suspects -even when I'm just commenting and have no burning desire to wind-up the poo-flingers.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@reggy72

I'm not the one ineffectually ranting at a stranger!

And all because I've apparently impugned the honour of your beloved platform holder ? :D

I know this is probably futile as you appear to have the reading comprehension of an infant , but what exactly have I written to have rattled your cage so much?

I mean, if I was slating PUBG or Xbox generally I could sorta see why you'd be so pissy, but I really haven't. In fact I've been generally complimentary, I'm just dismissive of fanboys who take umbrage over me nit-picking some marketing speak.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@reggy72

Its a FACT you fool. Deal with the reality of when your brand is/has-been strong in only 2 territories world-wide, you cannot beat competition that is stronger globally.

No number of rate-downs can dispute this simple inalienable truth.

I know it stings, but honestly it shouldn't. If you are happy with your system of choice, good for you. Just don't expect the rest of the world to mince their words in order to save your tender feelings.

Its this hyper-sensitivity and desperate need for a "win" that makes you the loser. Which is why its so sad the MS own PR betrays the exact same fault.

Seriously, PUBG is a "win" by any standards, so why sour the victory by disingenuously using "players" not "units sold" in order to brag about it?

Take the "W", just don't try and hype it to be more than it is.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@frazzl

Stop turning this into "console war" shit you imbecile. I made no comparitive judgements, just pointed out MS' past behaviour which is salient given what this thread is about.


And get your facts straight, PS3 outsold Xbox globally year-in, year out, which is how it eventually ended up with higher overall sales despite being on the market for one-year less.

Another example of where the actual historic facts do not align with the PR spin.

Fucking Xbox fanboys... man, accept the fact that you'll always be the 3rd place console due to the relative geographic limitations of your chosen brand.
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GreyBeard

3 months ago

@frazzl

Its not "brand loyalty" to be aware of how MS plays its PR game, switching to MAU when raw sales data is lacking, using revenue figures when volume is down. Open your eyes.
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