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Re: The problem is...
Date: 5/24/13 11:25 pm
In Response To: The problem is... (RC Master)

: MS seem to view games as something to be bought, consumed, and disposed of.

: See also: No back-compat on Xbone

: They look at the numbers of initial sales, compare that to those who use the
: online features, then how many stick around after a few months, and they
: don't see opportunity for keeping players engaged and interested. They see
: a money-pit. They see competition for players' attention next to the
: sequel.

: They don't see the value in making the current game a better experience since
: they want to wow them with how much better the next version appears and
: get them to plop down another $60 + LE + a few months of Live + DLC.

: I remember Bungie mentioning that they really struggled to convince the
: accountants the value of some of the things they were pursuing. That if it
: didn't show up on the bottom-line in a traceable way it was difficult to
: get the funding. Bungie just had to put their foot down and say 'this is
: the right thing to do' to get it done.

: They don't see any 'good will' value since they think they already have it
: from X million sales and decent reviews and it's all done and dusted.
: Anyone they might annoy is just a 'vocal minority' who aren't relevant to
: the big picture.

: It's product-based. So long as the product sells well, they see no value in
: continued development of the 'bonus' service that comes along with it.
: Sure MS has XBL Gold so you might think that would sway them, but the days
: when Halo was the Killer App for XBL are gone and so long as you're
: playing something on XBL they still get your money (CoD, BF, whatevs) so
: they don't care any more.

: If you want this situation to change, from MS, the business model needs to
: shift dramatically. So the service is the goal and the products are just
: major-release promotion drives. But you guys think alternative
: monetization strategies are the devil-spawn so you won't even discuss
: that...

: /late-night tired-rc bitchin' again

Well Bungie pioneered the "we don't give a damn about updating our playlists once we've got a new game out", so I don't think you can hold that up as a shining example of super-evil Microsoft.

Messages In This Thread

Turning the Ship Around - "Might"FyreWulff5/24/13 6:01 pm
     The problem is...RC Master5/24/13 7:59 pm
           Re: The problem is...davidfuchs5/24/13 11:25 pm
                 Re: The problem is...FyreWulff5/25/13 4:13 am
     AddendumFyreWulff5/25/13 4:48 am
     Re: Turning the Ship Around - "Might"NOKYARD5/26/13 4:22 am
           Re: Turning the Ship Around - "Might"uberfoop5/26/13 4:30 am

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