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Exclusive Has Come To Mean Exclusive-ish Over The Past Few Years

In the wake of today’s Tomb Raider news I thought it would be important to talk about the word “exclusive” and what it has come to mean.

A few days ago Editor in Chief of Kotaku, Stephen Totilo and I had the following exchange on twitter:

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His initial link points out that Rise and Dead Rising 3 were both announced as Xbox One exclusives and now they are both coming to PC. Those two announcements (two months apart) have come in the midst of the commonly used phrase “timed exclusive”. It’s exactly what it sounds like, the game is exclusive to a platform for a set amount of time.

Activision has had timed exclusives on Call of Duty DLC on Xbox for a few years. It makes Microsoft happy because they get to say “we get this popular thing first” on stage at big events and the die hard fans of that franchise are more likely to buy the game on that platform.

But in the past when third party games were exclusive, they were really exclusive. Final Fantasy games were exclusive to Sony platforms for years, for example. So were Tomb Raider games. 

The first chink in the armor of “exclusivity” I can remember was BioShock in 2007. The first BioShock is one of the best games I’ve ever played, won tons of Game of the Year awards, and was touted as being “Only on Xbox” – words they even printed on the box.

14 months after it came out on the Xbox 360, a PS3 version was released.

This story is become more and more common. On the one hand, I love it. I love that GTA, BioShock, and Final Fantasy are playable on every platform. It’s great for gaming, it’s great for gamers, and it’s great for people who can only afford one console.

(Yes, as long as console makers continue to publish games you’re never going to get to play 100% of games released, but you can play 95%, and that’s pretty good. At least in the near future you wont be playing Halo on a PlayStation and you won’t be playing Uncharted on an Xbox.)

But on the other hand, we’ve cheapened the word.  People don’t trust the word exclusive when especially when Microsoft says it. Just look at the news about Rise of the Tomb Raider, almost every outlet reporting it casts some doubt about the length of this exclusive. Not a single report that I’ve read is certain that Square / Crystal Dynamics will publish Tomb Raider only on the Xbox. Everyone is expecting Sony to have Tomb Raider in 2016.

Microsoft has warped the meaning of the word exclusive to mean exclusive-ish, or exclusive-for-now. They’ve also cheapened the value of their console. When you look at the landscape of games coming one or two games may nudge you to choose one console over the other.

Stephen Totilo is right, “it set’s a precedent” and lying about a game that’s exclusive devalues your console and just makes your consumers upset.

It is still unclear weather the the new Tomb Raider is actually exclusive to Microsoft or if it’s just a timed exclusive. The fact that it’s been more than four hours since the news broke, and outlets still seem to be debating the definition of exclusive and what it means in this instance, is in of itself a problem. 

UPDATE: Eurogamer has confirmed that the Tomb Raider deal “has a duration”

-Creighton
@sensiblemadman

Joystiq is streaming the entire PS3 launch lineup. It’s amazing.

I hope Sony finally delivers the dual HDMI ports they promised during the PS3 launch.

Chad Warden Original : Why the PS3 is better than the Wii and 360 (part 1)

I’m talking bout that PS triple.

I hope Chad Warden is as excited for the PS4. That announcement is coming later today.

Portal 2 likely brought down PlayStation Network

This is never good:

While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running. Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we’ll update you again as soon as we can.

"A full day or two" before PSN is up and running again.  Yikes.  Though we will probably never know, I would guess that Portal 2’s cross platform play (PS3 and PC) was just too awesome and was used too many people to buy it and it melted the PSN servers.  Oh well.  Hopefully it can be up and running again, until then, all you PS3 Portal players will have to use your free Steam copy for now.

[PlayStation Blog]

Little Big Planet 2 - Trailer

This trailer blew me away.  I had loads of fun with the first LBP, not making levels, just playing levels.  But this.  Media Molecule blew me away.

2 million Backwards compatible levels?  That’s great fan service.  Plus lemmings, new objects, grappling hook, aircraft and the ability to create your own game and share it with the world.  That’s impressive. 

"A platform game?  A platform for games!" Indeed.

Still Don’t Turn On Your PS3, Sony Responds

We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system … We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.”

You heard it here.  Don’t turn on your PS3 hopefully we’ll have a fix soon.

What We Know; A PS3 Fiasco

Sony has had some issues today.  Some of you might remember the Great Zune Fiasco of 2008… but I understand if you don’t because it affected far fewer people.  Basically the same thing happened with the Zune.  Because there was a leap year when we reached the end of the calendar all the Zunes around the world cried out in anguish, and were suddenly silenced.  Microsoft didn’t even try and fix the problem, they just told everyone to wait a day and it would reslove itself.  It did.

Sony seems to be in the same boat.  (At the time of this writing) we don’t know for sure what has happened but if it is an internal clock issue, as the hive mind at NeoGaf believe, then waiting is the only option.  But waiting might not do it.  If the system is aptly confused we could have this problem tomorrow and the next day.  The other problem with just waiting is if waiting doesn’t work.  If the system can’t play discs and things are going south for your save data it might be difficult to update the firmware from the consumers side.

Debug units are also having problems.  Developers are reporting that the system gets stuck in a reboot cycle due to an endlessly looping error message.  That would brings certain aspects of PS3 development to a screeching halt.  Could a calendar be responsible for both of these problems?

43 firmware updates in a 3.25 year old product and console breaking bugs are being discovered… more than that, they are possibly killing PS3s. Thats not good at all.

What people aren’t talking about is the possibility that this is more than a local problem.  This could potentially be a server side problem as well.  And if that is the case the list of potential problems just grew 1000 fold.  Information on games you downloaded from the PSN are gone, your stats in online games are gone… Sony would see a huge backlash if the servers are affected by this.  But that’s a worst case scenario.

There are still so may questions and here we are 11 hours in with little reassurance coming from Sony.  Is this problem is actually corrupting save data and not just confusing the system for 24 hours?  We won’t know until things are back up and running… which could potentially be tomorrow.

I would have thought that after a company as large as Microsoft had a problem with hardware everyone else would have tested their products to make sure they didn’t run into a similar problem.  This is 2 major companies now that are having leap year problems in the last few years.  Figure it out guys.

You can do what now? I just got this in an email from PSN.

Sony finally drops the Spider-Man font for the PS3. Thank you.
[Kotaku]

Sony finally drops the Spider-Man font for the PS3. Thank you.

[Kotaku]

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