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Console Wars: The Musical(2 posts)
See, this is funny because it's true. Open platforms foster a sense of unity because it doesn't matter what platform you're playing on, we can all play the same games. And with new technologies like Unity and HTML5, this is becoming ever more true. Plus you can mod the games on all platforms -- so if you create a mod for a game on one platform, you can then play it on another. This is what makes open platforms great.
Other than very extreme outliers, you don't see Windows, Linux, Mac, and Android fans going at each other the same way that XBox One and Playstation4 fans do. And why is that? It's because the latter systems are proprietary and they use games locked to certain platforms to create brand loyalty, and from brand loyalty you end up with brand zombies. Brand zombies being barely aware people who just tend to follow a brand without ever second-guessing their choices. Brand zombies are the very worst kinds of consumers, because they'd buy just about anything if it had their favourite brand on it.
I swear, Microsoft and Sony could sell turds stamped with their corporate logos and brand zombies would just buy them up.
You can't really do that on an open platform, though, because games just aren't locked down into anything like that. And this is also one of the reasons why I prefer indie games to mainstream -- they don't sign multi-million dollar exclusivity deals with console publishers, to help console publishers push their platform as the superior platform.
One day, the word "console" is going to mean a PC you put in front of your TV. It's going to be an open platform, and there are going to be many variants but they'll all play the same games. This will create a lot of competition in regards to selling the better product, rather than holding games hostage to try and create brand loyalty. I don't think the latter should be supported. A sensible, logical, intelligent person buys a product because it has use to them. They don't do so out of brand loyalty.
Have I mentioned how I hate brand loyalty?
It sucks for console owners, really. I understand their plight. They just want something they can hook up to their telly and play games with. But due to consoles now costing as much (if not more) than a decent computer, and with the advent of Steam's Big Picture mode, we might see a bit of a paradigm shift.
Come to open platforms, you lot. We have cookies, and non-platform locked games, and mods, and genuinely interesting indie titles, and settings! Oh the settings.
But yeah, I'm not the usual brand of PC elitist myself, I'm just tired of proprietary platforms. I used to be a console gamer myself... right up until I got sick of it.
"Oh, so I have to own that platform to play that game. Oh, and I have to own that one to play that game. And HOW MANY devices do I have hooked up to my TV now?"
Thanks but no thanks, y'know?
You guys don't have to fight over proprietary, closed platforms. That's a choice. You could, instead, embrace open platforms. And in doing so create a better consumer environment for everyone (yourselves included).Posted 4 months ago #
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