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Post by Dan @ 04:18pm 29/08/14 | 5 Comments
Microsoft rubbed a few people the wrong way when it was announced at the recent GamesCom Xbox media briefing that the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider would be an Xbox exclusive. It would later be confirmed that the game will actually be a timed exclusive, at least for the 2015 holiday season, but is that really such a bad thing?

Is paying for exclusive content a reasonable business practice, and if so, is the problem more about how such announcements are communicated? Read on for our exploration of the topic.



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ytime
Posted 05:17pm 29/8/14
Tomb Raider is a ~15 year old franchise that debuted on every single platform available at the time (5) and has been on 20 different platforms since, gone through 2 developers (Core Design/Crystal Dynamics), 2 publishers (Eidos Interactive/Square Enix) and rebooted 3 times.

I completely agree it's good business practice to go for exclusivity, a timed exclusive is probably the developers (publisher?) realising the success of a previous title came from multiple platforms.

Agree with everything. apart from the audience are generally idiotic bandwagon loving idiots.
ph33x
Posted 07:47pm 29/8/14
What's better than a timed exclusive? No timed exclusive.

It's not a reasonable business practice. The xbox is the worst performer. Why is Samsung gaining massive ground on Apple? Apple the patent wheeler. A patent is, in it's own right, an exclusive. Samsung phones perform better, but are harder to use/get used to. Apple can sue and sue and sue, yet people are still going for the better alternative. The main issue is phone users are, as a collective, much smarter than console users. There are many levels to this issue, and I'm aiming for the foundation of it all.

This doesn't even affect me cause I think TR is an average game to begin with, but like any boiling frog videogame situation, you need pretty animations and a youtube video from a total random to explain it any further.

Here's the clencher in perspective: If I was able to sell a pair of socks for $50 a pair to a blind, deaf, retard - does that make it a good business practice? If so, is it ethical? Who are you guys representing anyways? Look at the xbox DRM situation. One day into their spiel and they went back on it due to backlash. The community needs to speak up, and as reviewers you should be looking after us by empowering us to speak up, and less about the developers business practices.

To us, as gamers - it's nothing but destructive.

F***, get Zoe Quinn in here for some insight.
hardware
Posted 07:56pm 29/8/14
Timed exclusives make me angry. Since GTA.
ytime
Posted 08:56pm 29/8/14
Haha Pheex that was the best dribble I have ever read.
Arpey
Posted 12:52am 30/8/14
I'd be preordering this on the strength of the reboot if it was coming out on PC the same day, but they can wait for my money.
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