Rockstar Decides to Make More Money
Microsoft miscreants mull more malfeasance. And in other, less alliterative news, Rockstar games has announced that it's bringing its crime training simulation Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to the Xbox in either an effort to expand their best-selling franchise, or to compliment their already successful experiments toward creating a generation of ruthless super criminals.
All kidding aside this is a huge win for Xbox fans who've suffered too long under Sony's foreign domination of shooting people to 80's music. Unless, of course, you are from Japan in which case you don't even own an Xbox, know anyone who owns an Xbox, or likely have ever seen one.So what does this mean, if anything for the varying consoles?
Though not officially reported, one expects that Sony, which last it checked had a pretty solid stranglehold on the Grand Theft Auto series, probably responded with a look of rather unpleasant surprise, not unlike the look a person might wear if they hiccuped and burped at the same time, perhaps in a fancy restaurant. Ultimately, though, Sony probably won't be affected at all by this announcement as they still beat Xbox's bundle date of November 4th by two weeks - releasing a PS2 GTA bundle on October 22nd - and really by the time November rolls around Sony will have pretty much already milked these two games for all they are worth. Which means ...
... for the Xbox this is more a treat for those who've been loyal to Microsoft's gravity generating console from the start. It's not a system seller, though it will certainly rake in the cash. Still it's good PR - at least within the gaming community that won't go around blaming video game designers for the bulk of societal ills - to be able to weasel the lofty series out from under Sony's thumb. It follows the standard plan of attack from Microsoft to build their own success off undermining and imitating the success of competitors - now what console from the nineties does that remind me of? Oh yes ...
... Nintendo will almost certainly stand around with their arms folded, a haughty expression on their grim faces, and say 'well, we didn't want it anyway.' It's a lie. Nintendo is pissed, and has every right to be, as they actually lay the foundation of gaming by creating fantastic games like Mario Sunshine, Zelda, Metroid Prime, and so on while Microsoft gains market share through usurping franchises. In the battle between creativity and marketing, Nintendo is taking the punches poorly, and the obvious lack of a Nintendo GTA series only serves to remind gamers which way the pendulum seems to be swinging.