For those who don’t know, I have a Youtube channel called BlackBusterShow. I discuss and report gaming news, and just LOVE to touch of the negative aspects of the Xbox Platform and Microsoft themselves. But there is a very common misunderstanding that I’ve seen throughout the years. It comes from the Xbox & Microsoft fanboys; while they cannot disprove my points about their favorite company or console, they instead claim that using Windows is the same as supporting Microsoft on the Xbox. They also believe that Microsoft has some kind of ownership on the PC crowd, and can therefore call games shared between the two platforms some kind of “exclusive”. Here’s a few examples:
Poor uneducated gamers. BUT FEAR NOT! I shall bestow upon you the reasons why the Windows platform is vastly different to the Xbox platform! We’ll do this by covering several different topics, and I hope many of you fanboys learn a little something new today.
- The PC software market is a FREE MARKET
Now what does that mean? It means that Microsoft cannot force developers and publishers of software into paying licensing fees, (and other BS) just to release a piece of software/hardware that is compatible with Windows. If you want to release anything on the Xbox platform, get ready to PAY. You have to pay for the development kit, licensing, certification, game disc, patches (until recently), and more!
2. Microsoft ONLY profits from the initial purchase of Windows
The profit ends there. Once you own it, its yours. Unless you buy Microsoft Office, or any other Microsoft products, they won’t benefit from you having Windows. Unlike on the Xbox platform, where EVERY game sale (whether it be in retail or on the XBL marketplace), Microsoft profits from. Microsoft shuts out third parties, which is why they can sell you their expensive accessories, because you have NO CHOICE.
3. Microsoft only profits from games they make or publish
Similar to what we’ve already discussed, but this needs to be separated for emphasis. Microsoft will only see profit from games that they have either made or published. This means that they don’t see a CENT for ANY PC GAME that you buy from Steam, Origin, retail, or any other online retailer! Yes, this includes games on Steam that have Games for Windows Live built in. That is not the case on the Xbox Platform, where the licensing, certification, and sale of EVERY game is profit.
4. The Dreamcast’s OS was made by Microsoft.
Did Microsoft own the Dreamcast? No. Same thing applies to our PCs, they merely made the OS that it runs on. They don’t own our rigs, or even the gaming PC market.
5. The term “Microsoft Exclusive” makes no sense.
We’ve seen many fanboys use this term to label games like L4D2 as one of their own. If you’ve been reading, I shouldn’t have to explain this one. Microsoft gains no benefit from a purchase of L4D2 on the PC. Same applies to all games released on PC, unless they’re published/developed by Microsoft themselves. By the fanboy logic, all Dreamcast games are Microsoft exclusives.
There are tons of other reasons I could get into, but what I want, is the fanboys to think about it for themselves. I hope that the above examples show how using Windows is no where near the same ball park as using the Xbox Platform. There is a clear difference in Microsoft’s focus, treatment of consumers on each platform, the regulations that govern the console & PC market, and lastly the profits made from gaming that go into Microsoft’s pocket. If you’re going to take part in a “gaming war” of some sort, you should really think about what you say. You probably look silly already, but don’t get caught using maniacal points like in the Youtube comments above!by