After this year's MS conference, I'm convinced now more than ever that I should just pack up my consoles and switch to a PC. Microsoft is essentially turning the 360 into a "walled PC" with content locked behind paid subscription barriers. What's the point? It's cheaper and easier now just to switch to a higher powered PC. I don't see what consumers gain from these features and initiatives.
Originally Posted by sage11x
Look, the economy sucks, video game sales are down, the wii is all but dead, the move is following it into the grave (and so may the rest of Sony), no one loves kinect no matter how hard Microsoft tries to shove it down our throats and-- speaking of dead things (and Sony)-- the Vita is DoA and the 3ds is a 'success' because Nintendo says it is...
What sucks is that you're wrong. I honestly wish you weren't, but you are. Consumers love
the Kinect despite the poor quality and low quantity of games. Vita is doing just fine
(outside of Japan) despite having few original titles and a lack of overall releases. And the 3DS is one of the fastest selling
devices/consoles of all time.
These are bad times but look at the games shown on day 1-- most of these are major franchises aimed at core gamers not froo froo wiggle stick adventures or farmer sim 2012. These are FRANCHISE games. This is the video game industry circling the wagon, so to speak, and this was just Day ONE. I don't think you have anything to worry about...
But you said it yourself, "this is the video game industry circling the wagon." Worse, it's eating its own tail. Almost all of the titles you listed are sequels to or spin-offs of existing franchises. That's not a good thing. You're right that MS isn't aiming at the casual gaming
market. It's aiming at the casual media
consumer. Games are no longer their primary focus. MS has struck gold by tapping into the online media consumer market. Those folks are the ones that MS is really after. Gamers were just the gateway.