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#Peace

7/22/2014 3:48:59 AM
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The Bungie Dillema

The past several weeks the argument on the timed exclusivity of the beta have been plastering forums. I don't expect to stop it, However I would at least like to address it. Before that however I would like to note that I am a Playstation gamer (though I do game on my cousin's Xbox One several times a month) and if you're here to flame Playstation or Xbox you might as well go find something else to do. I will not sensor you but neither will I respond to blind hatred. Now then, to the matter at hand. I would like to start by saying that I can empathize with those Xbox players who feel betrayed by Bungie, however I cannot bring myself to agree with them. Bungie hasn't turned it's back on its old family, it's trying to expand it. I get it. Many people are upset about the exclusive content, especially when for years before, the studio itself had been totally exclusive to you. On that same note though, I have a hard time listening to all of the Xbox users frustrated due to the lack of protest from the PlayStation Nation. For years Xbox has picked up exclusives, timed and otherwise, without so much as a peep in protest from those benefitting from it. For PS gamers it became so commonplace that it has been accepted by the PS community as a norm. It is for this reason that many in the PlayStation Nation feel generally indifferent (or even worse, has developed a sense of satisfaction) to your plight now, as many see it as arrogant and hypocritical. I personally agree that the timed exclusivity of the Beta is ridiculous, but not nearly as much so as all the griping it has received. PS will also have access to some exclusive weapons and armor, however this will not likely be useful past the early game sequences, and should not be viewed as anything more than a hook for the PS community, a point to which I will return shortly. This brings me to my next point: Why did Bungie do this? While I do not claim to know the mind of the studios Execs. I can make an educated guess. The first obviously enough, is money. This however had more to do with the publisher than the studio itself, as it is, in fact, the publisher that usually makes decisions on exclusivity. A hefty sum was quite likely paid by Sony in order to secure it, though, before any crusades begin on the part of Microsoft's Defenders (who I will openly admit are not always incorrect), it is likely that Sony merely outbid Microsoft, rather than was the sole applicant for it. Secondly, and, quite honestly, more importantly is this: Bungie trusts its fans! The players of X-box know Bungie, know what incredible experiences they can make. They know how adept their writing is, they know how smooth their gameplay is, they know how amazing the studio really is. Bungie knows you know, and that is why they trust you to be at their backs as they continue to push forward. But what about the PlayStation Nation? What about the community whose last Bungie game was two generations past? What about the community that hasn't experienced Bungie's masterful works? Although some (like myself) have glimpsed their masterful art, for many, indeed most, PS gamers Halo might as well be a myth. We hear stories, rumors and whispers, but most, have never seen it with their own eyes and played it with their own hands. this leaves an enormous unreached market, much of which has not the slightest idea of what Bungie has to offer. It is this market, these individuals Bungie is trying to reach. They're trying to answer the question: "Why should I get this instead of CoD, or Battlefield? Why should I care?" Bungie is trying to enlarge its family not alienate it! They're trying to bring us together, not widen the gap! They're trying to bring great games to everyone, not just these guys or those guys, everyone! Don't hate them for it, embrace them! The good will come with the bad, it always has and always will, but, like it always does, the good will outweigh the rest! The pyros will still flame, and the console warriors will still charge in to battle, but what Bungie has given us is a chance. A chance to change the way we view each other. A chance to incorporate rather than exclude. A chance to grow our, not your or my, but our community together and make it great something incredible. We can accept their gift and go into greatness together, or we can refuse and bring this whole amazing tower of possibilities toppling down around us. The choice is mine and yours to make, each as an individual, but I beg you, we have been given an opportunity to something amazing, lets not squander it. At the end of the day were all just gamers. Just people who want to have fun, or challenge themselves, or explore something new, and whether your on X-box or Playstion, that doesn't change. So, my friends, my brethren, my fellow brothers at arms in the war for peace, this is DrakeFangFord saying: Be Bold, Be Brave, and, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, "Be the change you want to see."
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  • Great thread. I'm just glad that Bungie are finally able to reach a wider audience. More money for Bungie means more Bungie for us! Halo was/is a big deal for me. It's the reason I got an XBox in the first place. Because of Halo we know that Bungie has what it takes to be a console seller and Sony decided to back this horse. Whilst I have an abiding disdain of ALL exclusivity in gaming, congratulations must be made to Activision for very astute playing of the market. Bastards... Gamers are a small enough group as it is and internal conflict (outside of the games) is pointless/juvenile. As I've said above, I play (mostly) on XBox. My wife plays (mostly) on Playstation. But we're gamers, first and foremost.
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    • For whoever happens to stumble across my small bastion of peace, feel free to comment in agreement or challenge. I will happily respond to debate as long as it is civil.
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      • Great post and agreed. A gamer of both xbox and playstation for many years.
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        • Great post Good Sir! I thoroughly agree. As a long time Xbox user I think what hurts our community most is Bungie's reticence on the subject other than the occasional quip, "We haven't forgotten about you guys".
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            Eat my wings to make me tame. - old

            I completely agree, The fact the you Playstation players get the Beta a few days early is kinda' silly, but that doesn't give us Xbox guys the right to B*tch about it since we got (And are getting more of) an entire Franchise of games. Bungie is trying to expand, not abandon. We just have to brace for the flaming arguments from the ignorant.
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            • instead of immediatly assuming that its some.. "bungie got paied by X company for exclusive rights to be longer....." it would be NICE if some people thought outside their own angered boxes at the infinate TECHNICAL possibilities that could hamper the process..... its largly known to those that are doing REAL research on destiny.. that the BETA for xbox HAS indeed been having issues on both coding and hardware side... mainly with the XB1.... and its quite possible that the beta was delayed for xbox becuase they needed the extra few days to push out the final version of the beta that works for said consoles. OR... those that again.. do research on the differences between the software differences of the online stores for both sony and microsoft will know that generally.. items released by a publisher.. mainly patches.. surprise dlc.. ect.. tend to land on sony a few days to a week before microsoft becuase the file transition process through microsoft is not only more expensive.. but has far more red tape and roadblocks and rules to follow then sony.. allowing for the SAME patch.. to go through sonys servers far faster... OR....being this is a beta TEST>. and like all betas.. is mainly meant to mass test for critical bugs... glitches.. and most important.. SERVER STABILITY... theres the strong posibility that bungie got smart and like the power company.. is turning the servers access on in "chunks" instead of letting everyone in all at once and immediatly crashing the whole thing due to overload. the fact that bungie was giving out 3-6 codes per store pre order helps bolster this theory.. they want the servers WELL tested and stable for launch day. theres been several games that did NOT test thing first... and on launch day.. servers crumpled.. and nobody got to play thier retail launch titles for days on end.. you paied for a retail game.. which is 2 months away... bungie was nice enough to let you participate in an EARLY release... with a couple exclusive bonus items.. as a FREEBIE. nobody has a right to complain... we are participating in making this game better... we are taking an active part in the games development. smile.. enjoy the ride..... and stop complaining about something that 99.999% of most game devs perfer to leave the public out of for these very reasons. thank you deej... thank you bungie devs... your breaking the mold and companies will try to emulate this for years to come.
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