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I always respect Microsoft. But the quality of x360 is a bit annoying (RROD)



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No company having a monopoly should have any form of respect.

This is just completely wrong.



As far as Windows 7 is concerned, I'm glad they finally made a decent operating system. I don't think if it was for the competition from Apple, Google, and the Linux providers, they wouldn't have done it. Other companies were ready to take their market share when Vista wasn't exactly the best OS out there. Using Windows 7, and it's finally what Windows should have been the whole time.

For Xbox - Not so much. The main thing I'm glad they did was get Sony back on their toes again when they got lazy at launch of the PS3. I don't think we would have had a great first party from Sony this gen. I don't care for Halo or Gears too much, and as a jRPG fan - I feel a bit screwed over. I bought the thing to play some exclusive jRPGs, which in the end didn't turn out to be exclusive. Their main 2nd party appears to have been dropped from their roster when Cry On was cancelled. I was really looking forward to that game. Right now, the Xbox 360 seems to be the system that my PS3 and PC can do everything.

 

No matter how arrogant Sony was at the beginning by what PR people said, knowingly putting a defective product and deciding to fix it later is not exactly cool with me.



"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY."  --Hermann Goering, leading Nazi party member, at the Nuremberg War Crime Trials 

 

Conservatives:  Pushing for a small enough government to be a guest in your living room, or even better - your uterus.

 

While M$ is not a perfect company. not by a long shot. They definatly have my respect and business. Their products (while not always the most reliable (think Vista and RROD) they are well supported and are easy to use. Their other products such as the 360 as a whole and windows 7 (yes it is amazing) and Microsoft Office are great. Overall M$ will continue to earn my money if they continue to release great products with great games and support behind them



I mostly play RTS and Moba style games now adays as well as ALOT of benchmarking. I do play other games however such as the witcher 3 and Crysis 3, and recently Ashes of the Singularity. I love gaming on the cutting edge and refuse to accept any compromises. Proud member of the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race. Long Live SHIO!!!! 

No they don't have my respect. They may have done some things that I like (namely the Age of Empires series, Office and some of their OS') but on the whole many of their business practices are illegal and anti-competitive and when they get called up on it they just drag out the legal proceedings until the other company goes bust. When they do finally get punished, the punishment is barely a dent in their mass fortunes. They abuse their monopoly position in every way they can and they ARE a monopoly (>50% market share = monopoly).

Solely in terms of gaming I find it shocking that they've managed to convince millions to pay ridiculous amounts for heavily overpriced accesseries, pay a subscription to PLAY online when in the past and present it's free, released shoddy hardware with only a 3 month warranty and then convinced everyone that they're benevolent when they extended the warranty to 3 yrs due to potential legal action and finally getting rid of top developers that have been sucessfully making games for the company for many years. As much as I enjoy the games published by Microsoft, I'm shocked so many 360 gamers have convinced themselves that these are good things. MS must be laughing at the customers all the way to the bank whilst singing "Thank You Halo!".

Oh, and I don't realy respect Sony or Nintendo either, but I think MS as a company are the least deserving of my respect.



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I respect good games. Microsoft screwed me over too much so w/e. Thanks for the red ring, bad service getting a console that kept freezing so had to send it in a 2nd time, HD-Player died(my problem but still)charging me for updates and gold membership. Thanks for "trying" to kill PC gaming, but never will. You gave me Halo 3 and Gears of War 2 as exclusives, that's about it.

Thanks for Windows 7 it's awesome.



ironman said:
kingpin785 said:

absolutely not. with the exception of xbox live and halo, what has microsoft really brought to console gaming that the ps2 didn't already do? they have so much money that they can put themeselves in the position to look like its the system to buy. really i just think that microsoft really wants the biggest peice of the pie and thats it. people can say that sony and nintendo are doing the same thing but both of those companies bring new and fresh content every time they release a system. i don't really like the direction that nintendo went with their system but i'll always respect them. i can't stand the fact that 360 is so popular in NA. the majority of games that are out now are generic or have been done a million times over. sports shooters and casual games are a dime a dozen now. i was so content when the ps2 was king. the system had something for everyone and a lot of it. which is why i chose to get a ps3. sony never fails to give me something different. a lot of people haven't liked some of their games because they are different but if you actually play them, you'll see that its a new experience. some games like folklore, aren't for everyone but at least its something different. i was shocked that heavenly sword didn't sell all that well. back to my point, my biggest fear about microsoft and their moneyis that i think gaming is going to get very dull if the trend continues. i feel like microsoft saw how well the ps2 did and has tried to emulate everything that has already been done. i really hope they prove me wrong but i don't think that will be the case.

Seriously, your first post? I give you a week.

On second though, you might just fit in with a large population of VGchartz.


i really don't understand what you mean. judging by your profile pic and system of choice, i probably made you mad which was not my intention. just stating my opinion



kingpin785 said:
ironman said:
kingpin785 said:

absolutely not. with the exception of xbox live and halo, what has microsoft really brought to console gaming that the ps2 didn't already do? they have so much money that they can put themeselves in the position to look like its the system to buy. really i just think that microsoft really wants the biggest peice of the pie and thats it. people can say that sony and nintendo are doing the same thing but both of those companies bring new and fresh content every time they release a system. i don't really like the direction that nintendo went with their system but i'll always respect them. i can't stand the fact that 360 is so popular in NA. the majority of games that are out now are generic or have been done a million times over. sports shooters and casual games are a dime a dozen now. i was so content when the ps2 was king. the system had something for everyone and a lot of it. which is why i chose to get a ps3. sony never fails to give me something different. a lot of people haven't liked some of their games because they are different but if you actually play them, you'll see that its a new experience. some games like folklore, aren't for everyone but at least its something different. i was shocked that heavenly sword didn't sell all that well. back to my point, my biggest fear about microsoft and their moneyis that i think gaming is going to get very dull if the trend continues. i feel like microsoft saw how well the ps2 did and has tried to emulate everything that has already been done. i really hope they prove me wrong but i don't think that will be the case.

Seriously, your first post? I give you a week.

On second though, you might just fit in with a large population of VGchartz.


i really don't understand what you mean. judging by your profile pic and system of choice, i probably made you mad which was not my intention. just stating my opinion

By large population, he means Sony fanboys. Don't mind him though. You're free to state your opinion.



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MikeB said:

Many if not most of their business decisions which made them big were illegal and anti-competitive. It's not entirely the offender's fault, but mostly also the US government which should have upheld the law much more strictly. Of course Microsoft funded various governments to a large extend, which would in many countries be illegal due conflicts of interest. But I think if Microsoft was an Iranian company the US would have boycotted them and maybe even find an excuse to bomb the facility...

If Microsoft were an Iranian company from the beginning they never would have had any market share in most Western nations for security reasons in the first place.  And because of that they never would have gotten as large as the Microsoft of reality.  This fantasy Iranian Microsoft would hardly be worth bombing.

Microsoft has a long history now.  They are a huge company.  Can someone list a bunch of instances where they acted in a way that is distasteful to most?  Of course.  To say "many if not most of their business decisions" related to their growth as a firm were illegal is pretty silly in regard to the "most" jab.  We are talking about, at a minimum many thousands of decisions over the years. and "most" were probably illegal?  Please.

The reality is Microsoft became what it is today via a large number of factors.  Some of which include both hard work and luck.  Some of which include them being ruthless businessmen (using the term very loosely) at other times.  Its easy to hate #1, its even easier to gloss over the fact that a lot of large corporations do the same or worse all the time.  Anyone that thinks Steve Jobs is any less ruthless than Steve Ballmer is probably fooling themselves.

What I find more disturbing though is the complacency of the average consumer, both home and corporate.  I agree that Microsoft have slowed technological advance, but where are the masses demanding something truly better?  IT Managers get Exchange because its "safe" as a corporate decision.  The same with Office and Windows.  Sad to say, it takes real balls to wave Sun's whitepaper about switching your firm to open source Open Office. 



Currently playing:  PC:  Wolfenstein  PS2:  Final Fantasy X  PS3: All-Pro Football 2K8 Wii:  Force Unleashed  PSP:  God of War: CoO Xbox 360:  Gears of War 2  

Most anticipated game:  Dragon Age Origins (PC)

yeah they have earned my respect



End of 2012 prediction:

xbox 360 : 73-75 million  playstation 3 : 72-74 million  wii : 104-105 million 

Most hyped for :

Bioshock: infinte, The Last Of Us, Alan Wake's American Nightmare and Agent