Guild Wars: Episodic and Online Delivery – So Not Compatible With Xbox Live
so, this whole jeff strain complaining about how the business model for guild wars isn’t compatible with xbox live — absolutely for the birds. who the hell lets this guy do interviews?
- delivering via xbox live wouldn’t allow ncsoft to have a ‘deep and meaningful’ relationship with the gamer.
- the episodic content model of guild wars wouldn’t fit with xbox live.
- i, jeff strain, am from another universe — called bizzarro world.
some stuff i wrote about it over on joystiq.
that has to be the dumbest argument i’ve ever heard.
you don’t think bungie has a deep relationship with their customers? how many halo players say “microsoft makes halo” vs. how many say “bungie makes halo?”
you would think the dork would be excited about xbl hosting an mmo like guild wars. it fits perfectly within their episodic-content business model.
hell. they’d even get to lift the infrastructure burden a bit as they leaned on xbox live.
this just sounds like the whining of a loser getting soundly thrashed by blizzard.
guess what jeff. you’re not ‘making it up in volume.’ subscription fees don’t seem to be an impediment to sales. your low margin/high sales tactic just isn’t working.
some advice: it’d work if you targeted casual gamers for your mmo — not the hardcore. hardcores don’t care about monthly fees. maybe, just maybe it’s about accessibility, not short-circuiting user base growth issues by dropping subscription fees.
followed up with this:
…the guild wars episodic business model is a perfect fit with xbox live but he’s saying no. for example this doozy of a quote:
“Xbox Live, for example, their whole goal is to encourage people to go and buy games on the shelf, then there’s an online component for it. But for us, when you buy it on the shelf, that’s just the beginning of our relationship with you – and we want a direct connection with our customer so that we’re always giving you new content, always supporting you directly.”
xbox live: buy game on the shelf.
ncsoft: buy game on the shelf.
xbox live: an online relationship starts with an ongoing pipe of fresh content.
ncsoft: an online relationship starts with an ongoing pipe of fresh content.
xbox live: perfect for episodic content.
ncsoft: business model is about episodic content.
xbox live: offers best of breed server architecture for developers.
ncsoft: subsidize the hard cost of server architecture themselves.
um. last time i checked, that’s what xbox live does — constantly feed you new content. buying the game off the shelf is just the begining for microsoft too. maybe he’s just afraid the easy nature of spending points (they’re only points! not real money! woot!) will lead to some buyers remorse? i dunno.
if you ask me, looks like they are perfect. so, i have no idea what he’s talking about and it sure as hell sounds like he doesn’t either.
as to the whining, did you read the whole interview?
it basically equates to: my silly contradicting business model isn’t working so i’m going to take my ball and go home.
sounds like the whining of someone who got their ass handed to them to me.
really dude. all you had to say is ‘i’m sony’s bitch and i don’t like microsoft because they are evil, so no guild wars property will ever come to xbox live.’
at least then we’d have some shred of respect for your cognitive abilities. lord. that or maybe you are just prone to mental hiccups.
sorry, man, but you’re just coming off ignorant.