Ed Fries Flees MS

Microsoft Says Game Studio Head Resigns (thanks nin) has word that: "The veteran Microsoft executive who headed the company's push into console video game software and is credited with launching hits like the PC favorite 'Flight Simulator' and 'Halo' for the Xbox has resigned, Microsoft said on Tuesday. Ed Fries, who joined Microsoft in 1985 as an intern, had headed the company's game studio since 1995 and was responsible for cementing key relationships with game software publishers when Microsoft introduced its Xbox video game console." Head of MSFT games unit quits on CNN Money is an article on this with a quote on the subject from Ed, who indicates his plans to stay in the game industry.
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Bob and Xenos Overdrive:

You both have good points and, IMO, both are valid. On the one had it does take some huge balls to enter into the console market as well as huge amounts of cash. There simply is not another way to do it. But simply having tons of cash doesn't guaruntee success. One cannot overlook the importance and ease of migration the Xbox represents to developers who've primarily built only PC games in the past. If I were Ion Storm or Bioware and I knew that with only 20-40% more work I could release my PC-only title on a console with an audience of millions the decision is very easy. Contrast this with developing games for the PS2 and GC which have very different development systems and requirements (from traditional PC game development). This is a very shrewd decision on MS's part and Fries deserves some of the credit.

The downside is (as has been already pointed out) that the games are designed with this cross-platform constraint which forces the PC side of the equation to become simpler or more "console-ish". To me, and apparently others, this flies in the face of what makes gaming on the PC the ultimate form of gaming (freedom, customizations, mods, hacks, user-made maps, community, etc). As long as people are willing to make games that take full advantage of the PC as a platform I will be content. I will still play my XBox, but it is still a very different animal.


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