I hate exclusives! I hate the guys who came up with the idea to ditch Halo on the PC! I hate the people who came up with the idea of making Uncharted, Last of Us er...whatever, PS3 exclusives! I hate- *Goes on a very long, violent rant, which has been polite fully removed from this section of the thread*
...Okay, I've calmed down now.
Now, the problem is...exclusives! I just, utterly...HATE them! (Actually, if you read my whole thread, you will see that I would actually endorse exclusives if done correctly).
Yea, I know; it's a strategic decision on behalf of the console's producer (Sony for PS, Microsoft for Xbox) to make them solely available for their platforms, so 1. they don't have to share profits with the other console companies, and 2. it encourages people to buy their own consoles just for the sake of getting that specific game. (Note: Yes, I know, games like Morrowind were, console wise, only avaiable on the Xbox, or how Final Fantasy was exclusive to Playstation. But I'm not talking about them; they were third party games. I'm talking about games developed by the console producer for the sole sake of being exclusive to said console.) Now, there will be people who will say, "well, your criticizing Microsoft and Sony for making exclusives for their games, but not Nintendo?" Well, that's because, quite simply, Nintendo has always done it, is doing it, and always will do it, with multiple franchises that I like and will actually buy a console to play. I didn't buy a Wii to play games; I bought a Wii to play Nintendo games. I bought it to play Mario Kart, Zelda, Metroid, Pkmin, Pokemon, Star Fox...I could go on and on (partly why Nintendo''s consoles have been so successful when compared to PS and Xbox, is because the vast majority of their consumers bought it mainly to play Nintendo games). Then you look over across the fence towards Microsoft and Sony. They pretty much have no exclusives whatsoever, and share the same games. You buy an Xbox not to play Microsoft games, but just to play games. You buy a Playstation not to play Sony games, but just to play games.
Also, DON'T bring PC exclusives into this - that is a completely, utterly, absolutely different story which would make for an interesting debate, but that's for another rant thread of mine to be written. (One in a long list of rant threads I have on my to-do-list).
Now that I have exonerated Nintendo, I will get back to the point. Recently (as in, 2007), console producers have begun producing games exclusively for their own consoles (Uncharted: Drake's Descent/Halo 3). You couldn't get these games any other way, other than to buy them from the producer (Sony, Microsoft) to play them only on their consoles (PS, Xbox). I'm more infuriated with Microsoft, for taking a game that we PC gamers absolutely adored on PC, and then just yanking it out of our hands and saying "Sorry! If you wanna see what happens to Master Chief at the end, you'll have to walk down to Target and buy our 400$ console (before the 60$ game itself) to find out. And oh! Not only that, but you'll have to pay 15$ per month just to shoot other people online." I'm sorry, but when I found about what Microsoft was doing then, I literally cried. Yes, I, a man, cried.
And now, those same producers have taken the concept of console exclusives to extremes; they are now devoting entire studios (and several of them) to just developing awesome, ridiculously high quality games just for their own consoles. They spend twice as long as most other video game developers, get far larger budgets, get all the technical assistance they ever need, etc, just to make a game for their own console. Now, yes, if I were on the board of directors for Microsoft or Sony, I'd probably agree that making the best games exclusives would probably be one of the most effective ways to rake in income. But it hurts!
Now, if Sony and Microsoft went Nintendo, and offered dozens of different franchises - ultra high quality games - as exclusives for their consoles, like Nintendo, then I'd feel differently about it. At that point, I wouldn't be looking at consoles for which one plays X game the best, but rather which consoles offers the best collection of X games for me. (If Sony and Microsoft are listening now, and you did this, I'd forgive your transgressions). In fact, I think that this is the wave of the future for consoles; Sony and Microsoft will have dozens of studios like Nintendo just dedicated to producing the best and highest quality content for their consoles.
But that isn't so...yet. The dilemma here is that they are just making a few of the best games exclusives for their consoles (Yes, I know; I'm a hypocrite). I'm looking at the Last of Us...I want to play it...but to play just that ONE game, I will have to pay 100$ for a console for only a single game. I wanna play Halo 5 as well, but to do that I'll have to pay 400$ for a console that I'm only ever going to use to play a single game.
So, right now, I have a PS3 that I just bought from Ebay on the way for TLOU (Yes! I'm a double hypocrite!), and am hording up my gamestop points to buy a PS4 to play The Order: 1886, and possibly a TLOU sequel (which will probably happen - as a PS4 exclusive, ofcourse).
Oh, and one last thing; I know I could just simply not play them. But, let's be honest; It'd be a sin not to play them.
Now that my rant (rather short in the thread) is finished, I will endure your righteously biased and overtly nasty criticisms. Blast away!