Ha....ha. Id like to say I told you so.
Having a ton of exclusives every year with therefore thin spread marketing per game will lead to sales of each game not giving a proper return on investment. Without proper awareness, blockbusters will be rare and therefore will fade in the memories of the general gaming public within a year.
Thats why MS releases a few exclusives and markets the crap out of them, while releasing new games on lower-risk avenues like XBLA where it doesnt really matter if they flop or not.
and thats good for gamers, how?
why does it matter at all how well the games are selling, if they are good.
are you more statisfied as a gamer to now that, sure you only had 1 or 2 games this year, but at least the company that published them is making alot of money. i think most people just care if there are a lot of good games. (which is why i bought the ps3 because there are a lot of games, with a lot of quality, i didnt buy a PS3 because i was hoping sony would make billions of dollars. and really unless you own stock in the company, why should you care.
how does that benefit the gamer? i think games benefit the gamer, dont you?
It benefits the gamer in that there will continue to be more games from them. You won't get any new games from a company that no longer can afford to make them or ceases to exist at all. However, there needs to be a happy medium. Like I said in previous posts, they can't keep churning out crap like the most recent socom games. They aren't good, get bad reviews, bad word of mouth, and don't sell, yet cost lots of money. Microsoft however, needs more exclusives than just Halo, Gears, Forza, and Fable.
Remember, it isn't just the sales and the company that suffers, it's the quality of games, and Sony admitted that. Production budgets and values get cut when you spread yourself too thin. The consumer doesn't get as quality of a game. I see it similar to how the government needs to cut back on spending by eliminating the crap. That doesn't mean I want the government, or gaming companies, to not take risks on new technologies or new games. It just means I don't want them spending money on unnecessary things. Too many of Sony's games end up stuck in limbo for one reason or another, which just sucks away money from them with no return on it, and no game ever being made. They need to either do it, or don't do it. But they won't be around for much longer at this rate, thus they will be unable to supply us as consumers with awesome games.