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bonkers555 said:
Areym said:

Americans love violence. It is in their culture, it is part of their history. The 360 focuses heavily on violence and that's what american teens want to do. Not to mention MS has a lot more advertisement going on than Sony. 

Americans love violence as much as Japanese love kiddie porns. Its Japanese culture to rape women and children, its part of their history. Doesn't Japanese have video games that simulate raping women? And is it legal to own kiddie porn in Japan?

You see how racist and ignorant my post is? Now look at how ignorant you post is.

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Metallicube said:
Areym said:

Americans love violence. It is in their culture, it is part of their history. The 360 focuses heavily on violence and that's what american teens want to do. Not to mention MS has a lot more advertisement going on than Sony. 

That's a pretty ignorant statement.. If you look at history as I have (got my degree in history) you'll see violence is present throughout nearly every culture throughout time, at least to an extent. I will agree that American media loves to hone in on violence to boost ratings, but that doesn't mean the American public loves violence.

Also, let's be honest here, is the PS3 lineup really less violent than the 360's?


True that, there are plenty of others nations and/or empires throughout history that have been equally or more violent. The main difference lies in American involvement in so many modern conflicts, the ones you see on the news and learn about in recent history in school, thus the notion that the US is a more violent nation persists.The 360 is just as dominant and important in the UK, perhaps a remnant from colonial times? It is not big at all in old war nations such as Italy, Greece, Japan, France and Spain, so that theory is out the window in a flash.

As far as the PS3's lineup against the 360's; I agree 100%, the PS3 and 360 are nearly the same console as far as library goes.

My take on why the 360 dominates in the US:

First off its a damn good product and they also enjoy massive brand recognition there. Secondly, they had terrific 3rd party support from the beginning, the 360 was lead platform on mostly any multiplat developed from 2005 to 2009, this established a (mostly correct) picture of the 360 getting superior versions of most 3rd party games, the metascores from the period reflect the same belief.

Then there's marketing and Western-centric games, MS spend incredible amounts on marketing and these are bound to have a large impact on sales in the "homeland of the commercial", imagine ball-games, rodeo, monster trucks, track & field, concerts, cinema, TV spots in the middle of hit shows, billboards and countless events that they shell out for to show off their product. As far as marketing is concerned, Sony and Nintendo would do wisely to pick up a few cues (and a clue) from MS. The Western centric games spek for themselves, the 7th generation has become the Hollywood generation, almost all genres and games have fallen into the CoD conventions and mindset.

Superior online; the 360 has by far the best online service and it was honed and ready to go from launch. They focused a lot on online gaming from the beginning, knowing that this would be big.

In conclusion:

1: Brand recognition (A trait that Japan and the US shares, especially the parent generation and up will be massively patriotic in their purchasing habits)

2: First class 3rd party support

3: Extensive and Western centric games library

4: Massive advertising budgets

5: Affordable price, especially over the PS3

Note; the above are not in any kind of order, just making it easier to read.



Games sell consoles and Sony was not up to speed on that for the first few years. After that in America they were about equal, then kinect came with new games and a new way to game. A lot of people picked it up and now we are here.



For the same reason why the Xbox 360 is so unpopular in Japan.



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I think the price was the biggest contributor to its success. It has always remained cheaper than the PS3. To most gamers, a cheaper console with pretty much the same games and graphics seemed like a better deal than the PS3. Blueray wasn't really a selling point. Ofcourse, many gamers might have regretted that decision after they realised Live was not free.



    

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MoHasanie said:
I think the price was the biggest contributor to its success. It has always remained cheaper than the PS3. To most gamers, a cheaper console with pretty much the same games and graphics seemed like a better deal than the PS3. Blueray wasn't really a selling point. Ofcourse, many gamers might have regretted that decision after they realised Live was not free.


The average pricepoint of the Xbox 360 is higher than the one for the PS3.

 

Anyway: As you can see in this thread people see the Xbox 360 as the console that does it all. Some say it is because of Kinect and the focus on the casuals, some say it is due to XBL Apps, some say it is due to FPS and even violence for the core. It is all of these reasons combined and MS is smart enough to let people know.

Simple, isn't it?



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Michael-5 said:

For the same reason why the Xbox 360 is so unpopular in Japan.


And the prize goes to contestant number 5 lol. This is what i have been saying as well. This doesn't mean a product or console has to be American made to sell in the US. Just that the 360 is one such product that has profited big from this.



1. American console.

2. Good marketing.

3. Exclusives appeal greatly to the US market.




Cause its cheap? thats the only reason I could think of....



Xbox is widely popular in the US because:
1.) It's an FPS haven.
2.) It sports a controller that's fitting for an FPS
3.) In a world where Xbox and PS3 are virtually equal, US moms, dads, and grannies are more likely to pick up the American product.

This of course coming from a person residing far outside of the U.S...lol