My name is Daniel Musial, I live 2 miles away from Detroit in Michigan, I am a indie game developer/IT professional. I have been gaming as long as I can remember, and when I was a kid I would game on every console and computer I could. Meaning I have been both a console and pc gamer for quite a long time. In 2000 I decided I would like to look into how exactly to develop games, at the time I was only 9 years old. I had already started making my own mods for games when I was around 7 years old. I had dabbled with game making tools such as game maker (early days of it). I made quite a lot of games from scratch, and from examples of what others had shared and allowed. By middle school I was beginning to learn actual programming and I made a lot of command line games. In high school I was making my own 2d games, without those game maker tools and things like that, I took a few courses in college going over the introduction courses for game development, in which I already knew most of the information.
I recently have started actually putting my games on market places like Google play, have a few on windows 8 market place even though I hate the platform and suggest no one uses it.
The reason I am stating this all because it is the base of the problem with recent day consoles. You see even though they claim to be indie friendly they really aren't. Go on look for SDK tools yourself, if you can find them you proved me wrong. But for those of you whom actually looked and your efforts felt in-vein you're not the only one. You see they are only grabbing the top of the top for indie game developers not the starving new comers that willl more than likely leave the industry after they realize that it is just so hostile and against them. I am in that boat.
Xbox One :Just in case some of you don't know what DRM is it is Digital Rights Management. It is any form of restriction, security, or anything by design that prevents the user from doing just about anything. Example NES lock out chip prevented unlicensed games on the NES, back then they just went around the DRM by breaking it basically.
As the issue began to arise with the DRM policies a lot of developers saw the reaction that players had against them. Microsofts PR was desperatily trying to recovered their damaged PR by any means necessary. Even to go harass people going into stores to pre-order a xbox one. Even harassing and planting people at Nintendo events harassing their competition unfriendly. About 4 months ago I walked into a Walmart with my family. I went to the electronics area where a Microsoft representative was lieing about the DRM policies and bugging everyone who walked in there to pre-order a xbox one, and buy a windows 8 laptop. I asked him will the xbox one be DRM free, he tried to say yes but its up to the developers. I talked to him about the user agreement trying to get details out of him of policies that he might know that we don't. He avoided the topic matter by trying to say it will have great games and such and that if I was a true gamer I should pre-order one and not care about legalize at all, in other words he doesn't care about conserns just buy a product mindlessly.
The reason this is important is the Xbox one still has DRM even after the changes they did about their policies. Not only is the DRM on the system too abusive for my blood but it is only surrounded by greed by locking you out from non-online functionality. Xbox Live is DRM people. It is required for many things and taskes that both involves your games and functionality of just plan usage.
Verdict:The number one reason I have and will never own a Xbox of any generation is XBL and the DRM applied. Most of the games are on PC anyways.
I figured I might aswell cover this since it involves the same microsoft rep. After I was done talking to him about the xbox one I was trying to see how much he actually knew about the windows 8 laptops he was trying to sell. The guy did not know much about computers at all. He didn't know the difference between mobile hardware and desktop hardware. Nor did he know anything about anything other than microsoft products which again he did not know much about. I went over the legalize with him on that too.
Then I explained to him everything wrong with windows 8 user term agreement. He rejected all statements even when I brought them up on the display models there. Since then windows 8 has only gotten worse.
Windows 8.1 user agreement incorporates spyware, windows 8.1 has and is spyware guys, it is stated several times within not only the install process to send information to microsoft but it even states that microsoft retains the rights to any personal and private information you send them. In which in the install process it repeativily tries to get you to install said spyware stating that it wants you to send all your web history to microsoft, and all your files in your documents folders.
Recentily they have attended many Marketing events telling advertises that they can provide them a great place to advertise and information to sell to them. Basically meaning all the spyware in windows 8 is being used to gather your personal information, your own works, and various other information and selling it off to the highest bidder. Oh you clicked on one of their ads and it sent you to porn now they can sell that off to the porn industry, god for bid you hold any important role because that information will eventually be found to be used against you if it means profit for anyone else. Along with that microsoft has been rumored to be sending any and all information to the NSA which I am pretty sure is paying them hand over fist for. The NSA will pretty soon be just as bad as the TSA. Not their worst but pretty dam close. TSA's worst is child molestation.
Verdict:DO NOT GET WINDOWS 8 AT ALL. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. IT IS SPYWARE STEALING PRIVATE AND PERSONAL INFORMATION AND SELLING IT OFF TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER INCLUDING THE NSA.
Playstation 4:After the DRM annousement from Microsoft a lot of people jumped ships from Xbox to Playstation without even looking back, or where they where headed. Since earily 2000's I have been weary of Sony with their several different law suits against the gamers in general. They have sued so many people, heck they might even try to sue me for pointing out how many people exactily they sued in the last 10 years for minor things. The Gorge Hots case was the only one that people seemed to notice or even care about. When sony has been sueing their customers and users for minor things like that for many many years. You buy a sony system you do not own it. In 2006 when they released the ps3 they advertised other os, when they took that functionallity away many gamers hacked their ps3's or didn't update it and just kept their other operating systems on their ps3's. One user in the UK was sued for 1 million Euro's just to be shown a example of according to sony. These fear tatics should not be accepted. Along with that their claims of non-drm practices being implemented is and was a straight up lie. the ps4 has HDCP which is a form of DRM to prevent recording devices, software, and converters from reading the video signal over HDMI outputs. Some recording devices have accounted for HDCP but breaking DRM such as that is on the boarder of gray and illegal legal area. Which if sony repeats the past they will surely take advantage of. Along with that their user agreement is not so good. Along with that they have gone through many updates and in the European user agreement you are not allowed to re-sell or rent games as you do not purchase the software, you purchase the right to use it. Meaning you spend money for them to tell you don't own what you spent your money on with the intent of purchase.
Here are just a few sources that go over it more:
Also ps4 has spyware according to a few sources:
Verdict:I will hesitate to buy sony systems because something minor that has no negative out come on someone else that I might want to do with a system I purchased sony might try to sue me over to "show a example of". As I like to tinker with things I spend my money on. Their solution to tinkers is fear tatics why should I live in fear for something I enjoy doing that doesn't really harm anyone. Not to mention the possibility of spy ware granted it would not effect me much it may effect others more so though since I would only use the system to game on.
WiiU:The least evil of the 3 consoles I have talked about so far, but the most problems. So its been over a year since release, even with the ports of games and some minor indie game support there is only 194 games. The ouya with all its ports of games has over 520 and its only been out for 6 months. Granted 194 games is not bad its just the lack of marketing and support has lead a road less travelled going on with the system as a whole. The marketing department really is not aiming for the right crowds of people. It keeps on aiming for kids, with little variety mix. What I mean by this is the Ouya has 520 games, it is a platform that aims for kids, adults, modders, retrogamers , esc... It aims for many many target markets which is why developers jump on it like hot cakes and clearily the developer support was there. With Nintendo they are not aiming for multiple target markets. Some people whom fall under different target markets may buy their system for one reason or another. But Nintendo as a company has no interest in targeting them. The problem is they are a low price point system with a small narrow target market which is concerning and limiting the developers that go to their platforms. Meaning less risk, low rewards, and less to offer.
The other large problem I can no longer ignore is they tie your games to your system not your account. If your system breaks all the digital download games are either gone or you have to continuously get the system repaired. Also a 2nd name for the Wiiu would actually tell people who don't even know about it because they look at it and still think its just the Wii, will tell those people its not the wii. There actually a large percentage of people who still do not know about the Wiiu and do not know its a separate system than the Wii. Keeping the name Wii lead to a lot of misconception about the over all system and its market.
Would be interested in if they made it easier for developers to make games, a self publishing business model with either a low cost fee paid each month or a large single time fee. Of course also taking a small percentage of each sale on top of either one. All of this would lead to not only more games but a better user experience, more employment in the industry, and help out the industry as a whole from both the user and developer side of things.