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Barkley said:
I've got it! He looks like a cross between Geoff Kelley and major Nelson.

Oh my god... now i cant unsee it...



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estebxx said:
Barkley said:
I've got it! He looks like a cross between Geoff Kelley and major Nelson.

Oh my god... now i cant unsee it...

Major Kelley . Geoff Nelson

Major Kelley Nelson 



So nothing changes



estebxx said:
Barkley said:
I've got it! He looks like a cross between Geoff Kelley and major Nelson.

Oh my god... now i cant unsee it...

Amazing sig!



JRPGfan said: 

"It is difficult to pivot quickly and try to chase after trends that might happen even on the scale of a year. In business terms a year can be a long time, but development time being three to four years these days, that's the span we need to think about."

(this means they view the "good" showing of single player games from sony as a "trend" that ll change by next year lmao)

 

You should probably read the entire article, it’s available for free. The context of the part about trends was in regards to battle royale, not “good showing of SP games from Sony”, lol. I mean... the OP literally begins with him discussing how long SP games will always be around. That’s the opposite of a trend that changes every year.

I know this is MS and Chartz so most of the talk will be negative but is there really anything surprising here? Microsoft has always been more about MP games and they’ve always put less resources into SP than the competition. With GamePass, why would they not continue to put an emphasis on GaaS? It also doesn’t mean they aren’t making any more SP games. Personally I’m fine with there being strengths and weaknesses for each console. I wouldn’t want MS to try and emulate Nintendo and Sony because that’s not why I game most on Xbox platforms.

For all the talk about how amazing Nintendo and Sony SP games are and how MS has nothing... they just released SoD2, which I’ve already put more time into in single player than I’ve put into any SP game from the other two. MS knows their fan base, what is wrong with them focusing on that fan base? They can try things to appeal to a wider crowd but there’s nothing wrong with appealing to their fans.



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JRPGfan said:

sounds like hes saying this:
Yep, we re not going to do single player anymore, because theres more potential for makeing money in multiplayer (and their cheaper to make.

What he actually says:

"It is difficult to pivot quickly and try to chase after trends that might happen even on the scale of a year. In business terms a year can be a long time, but development time being three to four years these days, that's the span we need to think about."

(this means they view the "good" showing of single player games from sony as a "trend" that ll change by next year lmao)

 

What he actually says:

"We've got to get our strategic long-term bets, our game development cycles and the things our players like to do in sync. And that will set us up for success".

(Its too late now (or too early) to change things up! we re all in this round of poker, and we re betting big on multiplayer!)

LMAO!!  If that's what they really believe, boy.  A trend that has been going on since the late 70s will end in a year or so.  Weird how those single player games keep doing great.  With many of the current sequels having the largest sales of the franchise.

Barkley said:
I've got it! He looks like a cross between Geoff Kelley and major Nelson.

Holy crap, that's it.  Especially the Major Nelson part.  Was wondering why he looked familiar.  Is this guy Nelson's younger brother?



LudicrousSpeed said:

MS knows their fan base, what is wrong with them focusing on that fan base? They can try things to appeal to a wider crowd but there’s nothing wrong with appealing to their fans.

I mean sure, I'm all for them focusing on the fanbase they have, but surely their goal is to expand that fanbase? I'd agree with you if they were currently doing better in the console race since it would show that what they're doing works, lol. Then again they seem to happy as they are, so can't really complain, if it's not broke, don't fix it... but that doesn't mean you can't improve it! :P 



Bristow9091 said:
LudicrousSpeed said:

MS knows their fan base, what is wrong with them focusing on that fan base? They can try things to appeal to a wider crowd but there’s nothing wrong with appealing to their fans.

I mean sure, I'm all for them focusing on the fanbase they have, but surely their goal is to expand that fanbase? I'd agree with you if they were currently doing better in the console race since it would show that what they're doing works, lol. Then again they seem to happy as they are, so can't really complain, if it's not broke, don't fix it... but that doesn't mean you can't improve it! :P 

I wouldn't say they are happy.  You have MS spending less money and time on the console side of things, and seemingly trying to draw people back to PC with GAAS that will be on both.  Not sure if that's going to work for them, but it may.  I do think they are going to give it a pretty good try next gen, with XB2.  Though, it'll be interesting to see if they even have exclusives on it, instead choosing to release it on both XB2 and PC.



I'm surprised. Because it sounds like they're doubling down on the whole "people aren't as interested in single player games" thing, but instead angling it as "people are interested in longevity/games that are fun to watch in stream."

And I'm surprised because they've gotten a lot of flack for this in recent times. Especially due to the success of certain PS4 and Switch games.
The tone from Phil Spencer seemed to be that "Ok, lesson learnt. We're working on improving ourselves in this area." But Booty seems to be telling us to not expect much.



thismeintiel said:
Bristow9091 said:

I mean sure, I'm all for them focusing on the fanbase they have, but surely their goal is to expand that fanbase? I'd agree with you if they were currently doing better in the console race since it would show that what they're doing works, lol. Then again they seem to happy as they are, so can't really complain, if it's not broke, don't fix it... but that doesn't mean you can't improve it! :P 

I wouldn't say they are happy.  You have MS spending less money and time on the console side of things, and seemingly trying to draw people back to PC with GAAS that will be on both.  Not sure if that's going to work for them, but it may.  I do think they are going to give it a pretty good try next gen, with XB2.  Though, it'll be interesting to see if they even have exclusives on it, instead choosing to release it on both XB2 and PC.

At this point you have to wonder if they even class console gaming and PC gaming as two different things or just label it as one, what with GAAS and Game Pass... also not to mention they still seem rather scared to give actual sales numbers when it comes to consoles. But I don't know, I assume as long as they're making money they're happy, but they'd be happier if they did things differently of course :P