Super Meat Boy publisher Team Meat has recently blasted Microsoft for their botched Xbox One reveal. The reveal was met with mixed opinions all around, and has seen more than its share of negativity. Veteran gaming analyst and journalist Adam Sessler even dubbed it “the most unanimously negative response” to a console reveal that he’d witnessed.
Recently, GameInformer conducted interviews with multiple game studios in order to get their feelings on the reveal, and their reactions were mostly positive. Now, there were some negative comments, but, overall, it seems that most developers are happy with what the Xbox One brings to the table. It’s a smart move not talking bad about a console, considering that one day you may want to publish games on it. However, the fellows from Team Meat didn’t hold their tongue. Previously, Team Meat stated that they have no future plans to release content on the Xbox ever again, and in his interview with GameInformer, Edmund McMillen of Team Meat elaborated by saying:
“As a gamer, most of what was shown in the press conference wasn’t at all for me. I buy consoles to play games, and good games are the only reason to own a console in my opinion.
Seven years ago I hooked one of my PCs up to my TV and I never looked back, so the media PC that Microsoft seems to be pushing isn’t something that excites me in the slightest. I purchased an Xbox 360 because of Braid, N+, Castle Crashers, Rock Band, and Fallout 3. As a gamer, Xbox One won’t be something I’ll be looking into buying till I see some amazing exclusive blockbuster titles or amazing exclusive indie games.
As a developer it really saddens me that none of the previous XBLA titles will be making their way to the Xbox One cross platform. The lack of indie games in general makes me as a developer look at the Xbox One as a media PC first and a gaming console second. I’ve grown tired of gimmicky tech and I own a media PC that is hooked up to my television.
The biggest pull as a dev to develop for a system is if that system can sell video games. Currently, it looks like Xbox One wants to sell TV a lot more than it sells games, and video isn’t my chosen medium.”
Edmund McMillen’s opinion coincides with many who also tuned in for Microsoft’s Xbox One conference. Microsoft is busy assuring us that we’ll see an unprecedented lineup of games at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, or “E3,” in a few weeks, but many gamers feel skeptical about what the Xbox One has showcased so far. As an independent game developer, or “indie developer,” Edmund McMillen is also understandably frustrated that the Xbox One isn’t as indie friendly as Sony or Nintendo, the latter of which has been the most welcoming to indie developers and has created a fantastic collection of indie games on the Nintendo e-Shop. Edmund McMillen’s teammate at Team Meat, Tommy Refenes, responded a bit less negatively in his interview, but he voiced similar reservations about the future of gaming and Xbox One:
“Based on what has been revealed, the Xbox One doesn’t offer anything that my living room doesn’t already have or anything that I feel I need. I have a PC with a CableCard adapter hooked to the TV in my living room, I don’t have any desire to use Kinect, and I’m not interested in COD or any of the EA Sports titles.
I know E3 will reveal more games, which could convince me that I need an Xbox One, but that remains to be seen. I see what they are doing though; they are trying to breed a gaming console with a Blu-Ray player with a DVR to get some sort of super all in one machine that the general population accepts as the new essential part of the living room, like the DVD player was years ago and the DVR is now. The first company that can pull that off will win big.
I think pricing will determine if Xbox One can be this or not. If they throw a high price tag on it, they are putting a niche price on a device that is for the mass market and it will remain niche. If it’s reasonably priced and works as advertised…they could have something.”
That said, give me five amazing flagship Xbox One titles I can’t play on Steam and I’ll buy one.
In reality, it’s all going to come down to the games.The Xbox One signifies a shift away from solely focusing on games, and many gamers are turned off by that prospect. However, there may still be enough exclusive titles on Xbox One so that the hardcore fanbase will still buy it, as Microsoft assures us there is. E3, according to them, is going to be “all about that games.” If Microsoft wants to turn all of this bad media coverage around and get out of this mess, they had better bring in the big guns at E3 and show off the best games and exclusive titles we’ve ever seen.