Backwards Compatibility Is For ChumpsPosted on June 2nd, 2006 1 comment
Our goal is to have every Xbox game work on Xbox 360.
–Xbox PR manager Michael Wolf to gamesindustry.biz in May 2005.
We are chumps.
Well, at least that is the message from head Xbox marketing wonk over at Microsoft, Peter Moore.
Nobody is concerned anymore about backwards compatibility. We under promised and over delivered on that. It’s a very complicated thing… very complex work. I’m just stunned that we have hundreds of games that are backwards compatible.
Frankly, I’m just as stunned as he is! I mean we have such great titles as Barbie Horse Adventures and Fuzion Frenzy. Wow, I’m simply stunned that MS even bothered compiling backwards compatibility updates for some of these titles. I mean, everyone had better dust off their copies of Kabuki Warriors! You might as well trash those old crapfests like Panzer Dragoon Orta and JSRF. Amateurs!
Lots of talk about backwards compatibility online today. We wanted to get to the bottom of it all, so we went right to the team working on the next back compat update. We hear directly from them that they’re in the testing phase of another update, and it should be out in the next few weeks. We saw the list they’re testing, and it looks like they’re hoping to add at least a dozen titles.
Golly gee! A dozen titles! WOW! That completely blows the last update (of three titles) totally away! Thank you, oh great Microsoft, for your unending benevolence!
In all seriousness, it’s a good thing Gamerscore Blog is around to continue the farce that Microsoft still cares about YOU the customer. You know, the people they made these promises to about backwards compatibility. Even though it’s obvious Peter Moore doesn’t give a crap about you, because he’s too busy kissing butt over at Rockstar Games in order to get the next
Hooker Beat Down FestGrand Theft Auto.
I dunno. I’d rather have a little less Grand Theft and a little more Jet Set Radio.
Amen to that. If EA can pressure MS to add Black to the BC list, certainly it is possible to make emulators for later titles. I am talking AAA titles and not crap like Circus Maximus. SC II, X-men Legengs II, Psychonauts!!! Hello McFly!!!
The first time that they added SC Chaos Theory to the BC, it was unplayable after downloading the additional maps. This is how you treat Ubisoft and loyal fans? By releasing a half assed stop gap feature? We deserve better than this. (Yes, I know the second round of BC updates ((with the whopping 3 additional titles)) fixed this), but this an anemic release schedule.
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