So, a new Halo game was announced today. This game will be canon in the series, taking place between the events of Halo three and four, and it will be a top-down dual analog shooter (I don’t know what that means. I’ve never played a dual analog shooter).
Another canon series entry in the series, cool. I change in the gameplay style that really hasn’t changed for the past 10 years or so, great! But here’s the kicker:
This game is coming out on Windows Mobile platform (Windows Phone 8 and tablets) and Windows 8 PCs only.
Microsoft really do seem to be titans of pissing off their fan base here lately. I can tell you maybe one person that I know that has Windows 8 on their computer, and most people I know know with tablets have iPads and a small amount, myself included, have Android tablets.
Microsoft is so dead set on people loving a garbage operating system. It’s baffling to me. I remember running the demo version of Windows 8 in a Best Buy, and all I wanted to do was run it in Windows 7 mode, or standard Windows mode or whatever you wanna call it.
I was unaware of this piece of information that I found out, but apparently the reason for Windows 8 running like a flippin’ cell phone is the idea that they can cross platform games between tablets and PCs with this operating system.
I don’t know too many people who took the plunge into a new computer in the past, say, 6 months or so, but I highly doubt that people are going to install an entirely new operating system on their PCs just play one Halo game. I think buying a tablet would be much more reasonable for this particular situation, but as stated earlier, most of the people I know who already have tablets are not going to buy a spare tablet just to play one Halo game.
In their ham-fisted bid to make people love Windows 8, Microsoft is doing their damnest to alienate the people who made them a titan in the gaming industry this last generation. I don’t have a problem so much with Halo venturing to a new platform, just the fact that they want Halo to be their proprietary game and they think that the thing that brought them to the video game dance will keep them alive this generation as far as gaming is concerned and that’s just not going to happen.
I wasn’t planning on getting an Xbox One to begin with, I’m damn sure not installing Windows 8 on my PC, so let’s see the next bad business decision that Microsoft makes.
Of course, Microsoft has its fanboys so this is all a moot point to them. They’re already on Amazon looking for good deals on a Windows 8 tablet so they can play the next Halo game. Personally, if its on this platform, I can do without it.
(Archived rant, original post from Tumblr on June 4th, 2013)