This week’s column is titled, “3 Odd Things About The Tomb Raider Xbox One Exclusive“, but it could just as easily be called “3 Reasons Exclusives are Odd in General”.
It’s funny that this story came up right now, since I’ve been thinking about Tomb Raider a lot lately. I wanted an excuse to play through it again, but I really have gnawed this particular bone down to the marrow. I have all achievements, all secrets, all tombs, upgraded all weapons, etc. I started wondering when the sequel would appear, and then this story popped up. Not only is the game not coming until Christmas of next yearAssuming no delays. And no, I would not take that bet. but then I’ll have to wait for the exclusive period to time out. I might not play this thing until summer of 2016. That’s depressing.
And of course, the only other game like it is an exclusive on the other major console.
I ended up watching our Spoiler Warning season on the game. I feel ridiculous watching our own show, but this does seem to be scratching my Tomb Raider itch in a strange way. (Also, it’s fun to watch. Aside from the odd looks my family is giving me.)
Hey Shamus, have you considered just GETTING A CONSOLE? You know, like games journalists do sometimes?
Sure, I could buy a console. But I’m not sure that makes a lot of sense for me. I don’t want to get a console that’s going to eat up my gaming hours without giving back to the blog. If I’m going to spend that kind of dosh on a console, and then drop even more money on all those high-priced AAA console titles, then I need a convenient way to capture screenshots and video. That means another hundred bucks or so of special equipment. And since I’ll be using the console here in my office I’ll need to give up a monitorHAHAHAHA! No. or buy yet ANOTHER monitorAnd maybe a bigger desk to hold it all. And a bigger apartment to contain the desk.. So now we’re talking many hundreds of dollars and double the number of devices and cables sitting at my workstation, all so I can have access to a small number of exclusives.
Basically, I’d be taking a massive financial hit, and by doing so I’d be rewarding companies for the obnoxious behavior that caused this problem in the first place.
(DISCLAIMER: Please don’t take the above as a passive-aggressive complaint for more money. My backers have been very kind and generous. I’m trying to be transparent about my decisions, which can sometimes be confused with bellyaching. I’m not saying I need more money. I’m saying I don’t think this would be an efficient use of it.)
It might make sense to get a console once we’re a little farther into this console generation, but right now prices are high, the libraries are small, and there’s lots of games to talk about here in PC land. I’m partial to the Playstation 4 at the moment. I got an Xbox 360 last genIt was one of the late-period versions that supposedly didn’t suffer from the hardware problems that plagued the 360., and it bricked after only a year of very mild use. (Seriously. We’ve got laptops that are still going after five years of constant use. There’s NO EXCUSE for the failures of the 360.) I’d want to see what percent of Xbones survive their first year before I could dream of giving Microsoft money.
 Assuming no delays. And no, I would not take that bet.
 HAHAHAHA! No.
 And maybe a bigger desk to hold it all. And a bigger apartment to contain the desk.
 It was one of the late-period versions that supposedly didn’t suffer from the hardware problems that plagued the 360.
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