This Picture Is As Manufactured As The “War” It Represents
By now many people have probably heard about Square Enix president Yoichi Wada’s E3 announcement concerning a similtaneous Xbox360 launch for Final Fantasy XII. Previously, FF XIII had been announced as a PS3 exclusive and obviously by name alone it was a high profile one at that. A lot of fans have expressed outrage, but I have not and cannot comprehend the reason for this fury. This is why (parts of this article are compiled and fine tuned from arguments I’ve made elsewhere):
First of all, I don’t believe for one second in the console wars as I may have mentioned previously in one of my other talks on games, I believe in sitting down to have a good 3+ hours of gaming and letting Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony slug it out amongst themselves while I partake of their technologies. That’s where the entertainment is for me. Should one of the console companies do better than the other in sales and revenue, I won’t see a dollar of it as a consumer and end-user, so I don’t really care. I do care however about what I am able to play on my console and partake of at the end of the day.
Second, Square shouldn’t and most likely doesn’t (I should hope at least) give two damns about Sony as that is not their business. Selling the greatest number of FFXIII copies is however their business and this decision has more than likely been calculated with an intent on maximizing that number.
Thirdly, as a consumer I cannot see why people are getting so damn upset over the fact that Xbox360 owners are going to get a chance to play the game. I say that’s good because then more people get a chance at the experience without possibly having to invest in a new system. The situation is not the that because it’s on the Xbox360 it’s not on the PS3 now, it’s both.
Ultimately, I can’t see any problem with this nor why people are whining about “betrayal” and getting all upset. Who the hell cares?! I mean, have people bought into this whole manufactured console war nonsense so much that they actually consider it a bad thing that more people might get to play a game and that it’s not exclusive anymore. People really need to start looking at the bigger picture and to just grow up in general. Leave the competition to the companies themselves and the gameplaying to the consumers, that’s what I say. After all, as I said, I’m not seeing a single penny from any of this, I’m going to be spending money if I decide to buy the game. In the long run this decision doesn’t effect me and if one was foolish enough to buy a PS3 just for FF XIII before the details on it were even hammered out (more on that at the end of this article fastly becoming a rebuke) then they should blame themselves and not Square, that being a concious decision they made as a consumer.
Finally, while I do agree that not all consoles are created equal as a result of differing technical specs, in this case apparently Square-Enix has decided that the 360 is worth their investment and you know what, that’s their choice. If they lose money in the long run on the 360 prints then they obviously made the wrong one from a practical business standpoint. Regardless though, and even if the Xbox360 version is watered down slightly or even significantly (which shouldn’t impact the PS3 version at all if they don’t decide to water it down in some sort of equalizing gambit), more people get to play it, and that’s a good situation to me. The more the merrier is a philosophy I still subscribe to even when modern society seems to have abandoned it in favour of the individual or exclusive ego.
Finally finally, I would be personally more concerned with whether FFXIII is even going to be a solid RPG before worrying about what system it’s going to be on. Priorities people. It’s time to get them in order.