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In order to gain the upper hand on Sony, Microsoft is apparently resorting to some unorthodox practices, like paying a lot of money to third-party publishers so that they won't show their PlayStation 4 games either on stage or at their actual booths.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Paying-Third-Party-Publishers-to-Not-Show-PS4-Games-at-E3-2013-Report-359264.shtml
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I've talked to more people since then though and this isn't the usual jostling for publishers on stage that happens at E3. Microsoft is throwing BIG money around to reverse course on idea that they aren't a games console. The rumors are that PS4 versions of multiplats, by those who do take the money, won't be shown AT ALL. Not on stage and not on the show floor.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=577741

Sorry if repost, didn't see this yet. Probably not a good idea to trust all these images of "PS4 HAS NO GAMES THEYRE ALL ON XBONE!!!" until someone looks into this a little more.
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Wasn't Microsoft a respectable company at some point? They're literally detestable now.

Not mentioning the damage done to Sony. Most people aren't and won't be aware of this if it's true.
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Waw...Microsoft is really taking 359 steps backwards with the Xbox One. Not to mention dragging their name through the mud.
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So much fail, Microsoft!
     
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How is this bad? They always do this. Wasn't Crysis 3 commercials always shown as PS3? Don't AMD "sponsored" games always show only their hardware. Don't Nvidia "sponsored" games only publicize on their hardware? Didn't Assassin's creed only get it's showing on PS3 back in the day? There's nothing different about this than what's always been happening.

EDIT: Here we go

http://www.gamespot.com/assassins-creed-ii/forum/so-why-is-this-game-only-being-advertised-as-a-ps3-title-52170980/
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Wasn't Microsoft a respectable company at some point? They're literally detestable now.

Not mentioning the damage done to Sony. Most people aren't and won't be aware of this if it's true.

Yes they were, back when there was a respectable person at the helm ... Bill Gates.

Ever since Gates left to be a humanitarian full time, Microsoft has pretty much lost all of their humanity.
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Mid 90s Monopoly Microsoft did some sketchy stuff too . . .
Bill Gates may be a decent humanitarian now but when he was with Microsoft he was certainly a businessman first.

This is despicable and all, but pretty much status quo. Basically the "nVidia, the way it's meant to be played" but on a larger scale.
Edited by avesdude - 6/12/13 at 11:59am
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That is disgusting. They know they are losing so now it is time to flaunt the money card. AT LEAST, nVidia and AMD didn't bribe developers to not show their stuff on other platforms. All they did was that it showed its company logo ultimately in the intro cutscenes in the game and had some better optimization for the GPU's the sponsor company provides.

Microsoft is trying to do a shut out but they know that it isn't going to work on the intrigued buyers.
    
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Ah, that explains it. Someone said they couldn't wait for for Xbox exclusives and one of themwas Bungies Destiny and I remembered thinking "I thought that was multi-platform". Anyway, while it is on the scummy side, I believe like others have said it's not exclusive to Microsft.
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How is this bad? They always do this. Wasn't Crysis 3 commercials always shown as PS3? Don't AMD "sponsored" games always show only their hardware. Don't Nvidia "sponsored" games only publicize on their hardware? Didn't Assassin's creed only get it's showing on PS3 back in the day? There's nothing different about this than what's always been happening.

EDIT: Here we go

http://www.gamespot.com/assassins-creed-ii/forum/so-why-is-this-game-only-being-advertised-as-a-ps3-title-52170980/

This is true, but it shows that it can happen and that Microsoft may have done it on a massive scale. Not only that, but they've corrupted an entire expo, turning it into a "pay to win" scheme. And even then, Microsoft didn't even win, they just massively limited the amount of damage they're receiving right now. But at the very least it shows you can go to E3, spend a ton of money, and make yourself look better while making your competitors look worse.

I have a large feeling why this is why Nintendo didn't even have a public announcement at E3 and only had a room with demos. Nintendo is smaller than Sony and there's no way they could even compete with a pay to win scheme.

As for comparison to PC and The Way It's Mean to Be Played or Gaming Evolved, I really don't think people see Gaming Evolved and go "well, I have an Nvidia, I guess I won't be playing this game unless I buy AMD!" or vice versa. Perhaps it means a more optimized experience (and sometimes it doesn't Far Cry 3), but I don't think there's a single person who thinks that a Gaming Evolved title won't run on Intel CPUs or Nvidia GPUs. In fact, I think it's quite the opposite where people turn to those two companies instead.

However I do expect that all of these poorly made pseudo-memes, psuedo-ads (psadememes??) are coming from astroturfing Microsoft marketing companies or whatever. They've already been busted on reddit for manipulation of the karma system and creating fake comments: http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Microsoft-Has-Hired-People-To-Make-Positive-4587677.php

I really hope this whole house of cards comes falling down on Microsoft, this is even worse than Apple. The Xbox One speech was a bunch of marketing buzzwords trying to tell me how I should think about a product, much like Apple does. But Microsoft has gone a step further by bribing and sending marketing agents out to pretend they are real people.

As far as I'm concerned Microsoft has worked themselves into a corner where you can't really trust anything about it that comes out of a community that has positive things to say about it, but it's nearly impossible to prove something like that.
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