Weekend Short-Takes: 6/20/14

Destiny is exclusive to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Japan

 

Simon Wu:

This is all but a formality, as Xbox has historically done exceptionally poorly in Japan. By exceptionally poorly, I mean as poorly as Spain in this World Cup. (Immediately knocked out, for those nonsports readers) Don't forget, the 360 has sold less than 2 million units in its entire lifetime in Japan, even less than the original Xbox did. The Xbox One is going to launch in Japan on September 4th, and Destiny will be release a mere 5 days later. Microsoft has such low expectations that they've bundled Japan's Day One edition with Titanfall and Kinect Sports Rivals. That's in addition to the special controller and special achievement, all for $490. I will be flabbergasted if they manage to move units in the hundreds of thousands.

Max Gruber:

I was not surprised to see this bit of news roll up. The Xbox brand as a whole has had a less than stellar performance in the East, and this is reflected by this exclusive deal in Japan. Sony is taking absolute advantage of the Xbox's terrible sales figures in their home turf, and are hitting them hard. I do have to question Microsoft's stubborn and continued attempts to capture the Japanese market, since they've clearly lost two generations in a row in Japan. What was that saying, again? If at first you don't succeed, stop doing it.

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Capcom abandons its stock takeover defense plan, now open to buyout

 

Simon Wu:

Clearly, Capcom's shareholders have run out of patience with the strategy the current leadership is taking. The short-term prospects of the company, which is what shareholders are overwhelmingly concerned with, show no signs of increasing anytime soon. The company itself predicts that revenues will remain stagnant this year, and as such it's time for drastic action. Plus, these shareholders are probably just annoyed that their perks got taken away.

Max Gruber:

I'm not an investor, but from my limited experience with the Stock Market, that market can hold a lot of power for a company. Considering that they no longer have protection from being taken over, it means that anyone could buyout Capcom. Look at what happened with Kadokawa's purchase of From Software. They bought every stock in them and they were able to acquire them, even though they were owned by Bandai Namco.

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Modder Finds Files for Better Graphics in Watch Dogs’ PC Version

 

Simon Wu:

Ubisoft has since responded to these revelations with a pretty unconvincing denial and the following excuse, which is significantly paraphrased: "Well, turning the graphics up may cause the game to stop working on some computers." There is one element to their denial which has a slight amount of merit,

and that is the possibility that certain high-level graphical elements could actually start hindering gameplay, as has been reported by some mod users. There are two aspects to this story. The first is that Watch Dogs continues to provide us reasons to realize that it was so much more underwhelming than our conception of it, and also a reminder that this sort of compromise will continue to happen as we slowly phase out cross-gen games over the next two years or so. In a way, Watch Dogs was an unfortunate victim of timing; the next Assassin's Creed is strictly current-gen, most likely to prevent this exact thing from happening.

Max Gruber:

This recent discovery has really shown us that PC gaming is being stripped down to make it comparable to the "next-gen" counterparts. It is definitely concerning for the legions of hardcore PC gamers who want to play a game on its highest settings, only to find that it can be pushed even higher, and run even smoother than the vanilla version. As to why they would do this, I paraphrase TotalBiscuit and say that they were either lazy, or malicious. On one hand, they probably didn't have time to finish working on it and decided to dumb down the visuals. On the other hand, however, they probably did it so that the game looked as close to the PS4 and Xbox One versions. We probably won't know for certain, but this is very concerning for the future of PC gaming.

kotaku.com

Nintendo Looking To Grow Wii U Audience To Tempt Back Third Parties

 

Simon Wu:

Oh really? I tweeted out the story when I saw that EA is planning to release FIFA 15 on the 3DS and even the Wii, but skipping over the Wii U. That's just plain embarrassing when one of the biggest franchises worldwide is not getting put on your current-gen console, but is getting put on your last-gen console, because from a business point of view, it's only worth it to develop for the platforms with numbers behind them. Nintendo already tried this when the console first launched. It failed spectacularly then, and publishers are now once bitten, twice shy.

Max Gruber:

While many believe Nintendo "won" E3, I'm still skeptical about their future, and this article is an example of that. I don't remember when we discussed this, but we talked about how one of either Simon or Alex's friends bought Ghosts on the WiiU, and there were only 150 people in the multiplayer. I'm not at all convinced that they're going to be making third-parties interested in the WiiU again. That fundamental question is still there and it has yet to receive an answer. In all honesty, as a gamer, why would you bother going out to get a WiiU for both the exclusives and third-party games, when you could get the PS4 or Xbox One, with third-party games that were designed with those consoles in mind, and brand new IPs and higher quality first-party exclusives that are generally not rehashes of the same games? Yes, both of them have their share of sequels, but at least they're not pulling them out of a magician's hat every year, Nintendo.

Solifluktion's picture

Leave it to the modders.

live2rock13's picture

Your comment should tell you the state of gaming right there. The fact we have to rely on others to fix the problems that shouldn't be there in the first place, should be a red flag.

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