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Microsoft is Planning Something Big

Microsoft is Planning Something Big

Introduction

Since the beginning of 2017, Microsoft hasn’t been doing well. While their competitors are releasing one exclusive title after another, Microsoft has little to show. With Sony announcing exclusives such as God of War, Shadow of the Colossus Remastered, Last of Us 2, Detroit Become Human, and Nintendo announcing a new Kirby game and a new Pokémon and Fire Emblem Mainline game, among others. What does Microsoft have to announce? Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and The Last Light … that’s basically it. Halo 6 isn’t even coming out this year, which is raising even more concern for the state of the company this year.

Microsoft is in the middle of a pretty tight spot. So far, the only games that people have their eyes on at the moment is Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves. With such a small lineup for 2018, the company is taking a big risk with these games. Especially since there doesn’t appear to be a Halo 6 coming out until 2019. However, Microsoft is planning something that just might save them. Something that might be the biggest thing to happen in the Gaming Industry in a long time. In what could be the biggest company acquisitions ever, Microsoft is considering to purchase Electronic Arts, Valve, and BlueHole.

While this may appear to be a desperate move by Microsoft to get their hands on exclusives (which it is), part of me does feel that it would be interesting to see what would happen if they go through with it. What would happen if Microsoft bought out all of these companies? What would they get from it? What would the outcome be? How would it change the gaming industry? How would it affect you as a gamer? Today, I aim to be going through a series of different possibilities that may occur if Microsoft bought out these companies. I’ll be sharing both the good and the bad with each.

So let’s begin!

What if Microsoft Bought EA?

  1. The Good – There is a wide range of good things that would come out this one. For starters, it would grant Microsoft ownership of the Madden games, the Need For Speed games, Battlefield and Battlefront games, and even get their hands on the developers at DICE. They would get their hands on quite a lot of titles and development teams if they successfully bought the company.
  2. The Bad – However, if they were to do something like that, there is a good chance they would make the Madden titles Xbox One Exclusive. It would be a BIG money maker for them, and there is no way they would want to give Sony a single penny of it. Obviously, this would cause a massive uproar, as the Madden games (surprisingly) have a very large and dedicated fan base.

What if Microsoft Bought Valve?

  1. The Good – This is an obvious one. Buying Valve would grant Microsoft ownership of many of their famous IPs; such as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, Dota, and even Counter Strike. All titles that Microsoft can easily start making sequels and updates to. The one and only chance we may have at a possible Half-Life 3 or Left 4 Dead 3 … please?
  2. The Bad – One of the obvious set backs this would have, is that Microsoft will also be given full control of the Steam Network. What will they do with it? Honestly, I don’t know. They could really do anything they want with it. My theory, they’ll probably merge it with their Xbox Play Anywhere System (somehow). I feel they might find a way to integrate the Steam Service with Xbox Live in some way. Or they’ll just keep Steam up and running. Who knows.

What if Microsoft Bought BlueHole?

  1. The Good – This wouldn’t just grant Microsoft with complete ownership of PUBG, but it would also Microsoft’s Customer Service Center to work with the game, and I honestly think that’s (kind of) a good thing. Let’s be real, the current support service hasn’t been doing that good of a job with the PUBG Players.
  2. The Bad – As for right now, I don’t really know what bad would come from this specific acquisition.

In Conclusion

Microsoft is a good company. They have their moments like any other company, but from my personal experience doing business with them since 2007, I have had great memories because of their products. From my first time playing video games on my Windows XP PC, to beating the Halo series on their Xbox Consoles. They are a great company, and I believe this company acquisition would be a good move for them in the future. To help them grow, adapt, and release more exclusive titles. However, these are just my thoughts. Be sure to let me know yours. What do you think about all this?

Do you think this is right or wrong for Microsoft to consider?

 

RANT: How did this disaster get so popular???

RANT: How did this disaster get so popular???

I’ve been observing this game from a far for a few months now, and I’ve been just sitting here wondering to myself, how the hell did this game get so popular? After everything that has happened. After all that has gone down, how and why did this game grow in popularity so fast? This game was an Early Access title when it was being given reviews by actual critics! It was an unfinished product when it was being given Game of the Year awards! It was (and still is) a glitchy and buggy mess when Microsoft was actively promoting this during E3 2017! How did this game get so many chances?

Don’t get me wrong. I do understand (to an extent) how a game like this got so popular so quick. It was a new style of gaming that had been a mod for Arma 2 & 3. It grew in popularity basically over night. To the point where popular YouTubers began playing it and Streamers began streaming it. It was ranked number one on Twitch at one point, and … it’s ranked three now on the Top Games list. Wow. However, the recent controversy this game has gotten itself into, and the recent backlash it has received, kind of makes me wonder just how a game like this got away with so much.

When you look at the game from a critical point-of-view, you’ll agree almost immediately that the game is … average on PC and terrible on consoles. The game runs fine (until you get somebody with bad ping) on PC of course, but when put on consoles, it somehow is absolutely horrendous. Even on the Xbox One X, a console that is considered to be the greatest and most high-end console in history, and PUBG can’t perform well on it. The servers are suffering tremendously from players in China with incredibly bad ping and players hacking the game.

As the player-base continues discussing the game’s many issues, the developer (Player Unknown) responded to it in … quite possibly the most anti-consumer way possible. He responds to it all claiming that “he is tired of all the xenophobia in his community”. Yes, because the game is suffering from bad ping from Chinese players and because the game doesn’t have dedicated servers, it means that we’re discriminatory towards the people of China. That makes total sense. You know, there is a professional way of dealing with these complaints. Maybe tell your player-base what is TRULY going on. Maybe give them a real excuse for why your “servers” aren’t any better. Maybe instead of talking about it and complaining about how “xenophobic” your community is … actually … fucking … do something!

Just a thought.