The Exclusivity Wall

Game exclusivity blows. Today’s Tomb Raider news at Xbox’s Gamescom press conference was the straw that broke the camel’s back. How is this fair to the consumer at all? It’s not. Corporate puppet masters are pulling strings to raise profits as they strip a product away from select audiences. They are punishing consumers for not owning their game box.

And yet, I am a hypocrite. I love exclusive titles. The Last Of Us is my favorite game of all time, which is exclusive to PlayStation products. As I think  about it, if Joel and Ellie made the jump to Xbox or PC, I would feel a tad betrayed. Then I realize that thousands more get to experience a game that moved my heart and soul. It is not fair that Xbox gamers can’t play The Last Of Us.

Right now, the Xbox One sales cower in the shadow of PS4 sales. PC gaming is as large as ever. None of this makes sense to me as a smart business move. Square Enix is actively cutting out 2/3 of it’s potential profit. Obviously, Microsoft is writing a huge check to Square, but is that number worth the unavoidable loss in sales. Kotaku has complied responses to this morning’s announcement; It’s no surprise that gamers feel cheated. Top notch artist, @Pandamusk, captures perfectly how the community feels at large right now.

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There does seem to be some miscommunication about the exclusivity of the title. Official statements say “exclusive on Xbox for Holiday 2015.” Clearly, that leaves some hope for fans and gamers all around. This problem isn’t only about exclusive games. What about exclusive DLC or portions of gameplay? GameStop has even been discovered to try and secure exclusive chunks of final games, not just missions. Exclusive costumes, missions, characters, collectibles, and editions need to stop. Gamers are the most passionate fans I have ever encountered. We are die hards for the games. When companies strip our passions from us, it’s hard not to feel cut out. I’m a gamer too. If you’re reading this, you most likely are too. Exclusive content needs to stop.

The best way to prove this to the corporate puppet masters is to stop pre-ordering for exclusive content. As the consumer, we need to speak with our wallets. Petitions will not stop contract agreements. We hold the power within our hands. If we don’t buy it, companies won’t produce these exclusivity barriers. We can do it. Break down the walls of exclusivity and let’s help bring games to gamers.

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The Vlog Page

Notice anything different about the Go Left Gaming home page? No. Here, I’ll point it out for you.

Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 4.20.29 PMThere is a new page for you to visit!! The “Vlog” page!

The Vlog page is very simple. It has just one video embedded into its page-y goodness. That video is a playlist for every single episode of Go Left Gaming’s weekly Thursday vlog! From that video playlist, you can even visit Go Left Gaming’s YouTube channel and subscribe to see new vlogs every Thursday! Vlog 012: Next-Gen Multiplayer was just posted! Check it out and any other vlogs you may have missed. And always remember to…Go Left!

 

Kingdom Hearts missed an entire console generation…

Kingdom Hearts Missed an Entire Console Generation

And Why that is a Good Thing

By Max Roberts

I am a long time Kingdom Hearts fan. The moment I laid eyes on Kingdom Hearts I at my friend’s house in the first grade I fell in love. Since that fateful moment I have followed the series fervently. I remember my first encounter with every entry; all eight of them. Yes, there are eight Kingdom Hearts games. So why was Kingdom Hearts III JUST announced, over a decade later? Because one of the Kingdom Hearts franchise’s “trademarks” is spin-off games. Due to the six spin-offs, Kingdom Hearts has missed an entire home console generation. Now I am aware that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix is coming out to the Americas on September 10, 2013, but those are simply HD remakes of three of the entries (although there was nothing simple about recreating them in HD). Fans of the franchise haven’t seen a brand new, numbered entry eight years! And as a fan, I believe that this is a good thing. Here is why Kingdom Hearts missing an entire console generation is the right call for the franchise.

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Xbox One- The One Stop Entertainment System

Xbox One- The One Stop Entertainment System

By Max Roberts

Microsoft’s new direction is clear. Xbox is no longer a gaming console power-house. The Xbox is an all-in-one exclusive entertainment system. The system overall is powerful, intuitive, and simplistic. It has a sleek design that will fit nicely with all your other boxes stored underneath your television. The controller is very much the same with slight changes for the better. Kinect 2 is a major overhaul in hardware and its abilities. Technically on par with the PlayStation 4, it comes down to what the consumer wants; do you want gaming or entertainment? Here is the run down for Microsoft’s next Xbox; the Xbox One.

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