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Microsoft only cares about money, not fans.

Posted by LewaLew , Jun 19 2013 · 284 views

No, duh, internet.
 
In other news, so do Sony and Nintendo. And LEGO, for that matter, but the Hero Haters are long gone for the most part, so I don't even know why I'm mentioning that.
 
EDIT: To clarify, this entry is directed at the portion of the internet acting like they're revealing something big when they say that the only reason Microsoft backtracked was because of the preorder stats. Of course that's why. Companies listen when people speak with their wallets--that's how capitalism works. That's why Nintendo didn't regret their decision to make the Wii a SD system--because more Wiis were sold than any other system. Of course, we'll only know if they'll regret the Wii U once some games that are worth spending $60 on come out.

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I think all of the companies you mentioned care about fans, because fans are a reliable source of money. And not just the money they spend personally: dedicated fans serve as ambassadors for their brand of choice. That's what Microsoft stood to lose by ostracizing their fans, and hopefully their recent turnaround can restore those fans' confidence in the brand.

Also, I'd argue the issue with the Wii U isn't about games worth spending $60 on, since a few of those are already here: at issue with undecided customers is more whether there are ENOUGH of those $60 games to justify the $300 buy in for the console itself. I say this as someone who intends to get a Wii U eventually myself (although the reason I haven't purchased one isn't so much an issue of price as it is a backlog of Wii games and being fully satisfied with my 3DS at the moment).

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I think all of the companies you mentioned care about fans, because fans are a reliable source of money. And not just the money they spend personally: dedicated fans serve as ambassadors for their brand of choice. That's what Microsoft stood to lose by ostracizing their fans, and hopefully their recent turnaround can restore those fans' confidence in the brand.

Also, I'd argue the issue with the Wii U isn't about games worth spending $60 on, since a few of those are already here: at issue with undecided customers is more whether there are ENOUGH of those $60 games to justify the $300 buy in for the console itself. I say this as someone who intends to get a Wii U eventually myself (although the reason I haven't purchased one isn't so much an issue of price as it is a backlog of Wii games and being fully satisfied with my 3DS at the moment).

Yeah, that's sort of what I mean. Most argue that only New Super Mario Bros. U and LEGO City: Undercover are worth buying (Nintendo Land too, but most people just buy that with the system). Once Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD get out around Christmas, I'm sure the sales will pick up big time.

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I also heard good things about ZombiU (albeit more related to concepts it introduced than the execution of those concepts) as well as about Need for Speed (one of the few ports for the Wii U so far that seems to have made a genuine effort to excel on the new system). And I for one am definitely going to pick up Scribblenauts Unlimited once I end up getting the system. But yeah, it has a general dearth of games. Even though I do disagree with the public perception that it only counts as current gen (since graphics aren't the only measure of progression), it doesn't help Nintendo that they launched first, and thus their direct competition IS current-gen systems which are cheaper and already have massive games libraries from years of sales.

I'm still holding out for Nintendo's success in the long run, but I doubt the Wii U will dominate like the Wii did at any point in the future.

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I also heard good things about ZombiU (albeit more related to concepts it introduced than the execution of those concepts) as well as about Need for Speed (one of the few ports for the Wii U so far that seems to have made a genuine effort to excel on the new system). And I for one am definitely going to pick up Scribblenauts Unlimited once I end up getting the system. But yeah, it has a general dearth of games. Even though I do disagree with the public perception that it only counts as current gen (since graphics aren't the only measure of progression), it doesn't help Nintendo that they launched first, and thus their direct competition IS current-gen systems which are cheaper and already have massive games libraries from years of sales.

I'm still holding out for Nintendo's success in the long run, but I doubt the Wii U will dominate like the Wii did at any point in the future.

Yeah, whenever anyone calls the Wii U "current-gen" I always like to point out something about Nintendo's last supposedly "behind-the-times" console. The one feature that every one of the three consoles of that generation have by now: motion controls. The Wii, the standard def console, was the one that the other two tried to emulate. Now, while I don't think that the Xbox One or PS4 will be adding GamePads anytime soon, I don't think people are accurate in the slightest when they use relatively poor HD graphics as a definition of "current-gen".

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The PS4 and Xbox One are adding gamepads in a sense, albeit in different ways. The One is continuing to use Smartglass for some games, and the PS4 is going to try to make the Vita a controller option for some games. Neither is likely to be quite as integral to games as the gamepad, since they involve devices not sold with the console, but both see some value in having the option of a touchscreen separate from the main screen.
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The PS4 and Xbox One are adding gamepads in a sense, albeit in different ways. The One is continuing to use Smartglass for some games, and the PS4 is going to try to make the Vita a controller option for some games. Neither is likely to be quite as integral to games as the gamepad, since they involve devices not sold with the console, but both see some value in having the option of a touchscreen separate from the main screen.

I suppose so. And PlayStation Move and the Kinect for Xbox 360 were peripherals also, so I suppose you could say that. But I've used SmartGlass, and it's not much of a controller. I don't like it very much. It's more of a gimmick than the GamePad by a longshot.

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