I am all for exclusives, as exclusives are the majority of what I buy on PS3/PSN. I try to buy all multi-plats on the 360. However, I don't have a good sense of how well a game did sales wise. I am curious to know which of Sony's exclusives flopped in terms of sales.
The past few years IGN has posted a very mathematical article tallying up how many quality games each console had and declaring a winner based in which had the most. PS3 has won 3 out of the past 4 years. While reading this I noticed that despite their paper victory that a large percentage of their highly rated games flopped. Should a game that fails to connect with an audience really be considered a great exclusive? What does the lack of acknowledgement of quality say about PS3 owners or gamers in general? What could Sony have done differently to get their games the attention that they deserved?
Here's an article by the same guy that was predicting a stellar year for Sony last year. A good year on paper doesn't make it a good year. http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1214007p1.html
There are a myriad of problems regarding paper victories. If a reviewer likes a certain genre, he/she is likely to give that genre higher marks. This can translate into what said reviewer states as a quality title. However, when the gaming public doesn't agree with that assessment, the game will flop. A lack of advertising can cause a great game to go largely unnoticed and I have seen store prejudice/tentativeness also play a role. It is hard to pin down a concrete reason for the discrepancy, but we can all agree that reviewers aren't infallible. I personally don't trust them. If a title looks interesting and is on clearance, a team of wild horses couldn't stop me from getting it....as long as I can drag my trampled body to the cash register afterward. Even if one of the reviewers joined me in the mangling and spouted words of discouragement until my money collided with the counter, I would still get the game. I do take advice from friends though.....so I am not totally hard-headed. :P As for exclusives, it would have to be a title I found interesting. I don't buy a title strictly based on it's exclusive nature.
@GAMECAMILLER yes, that's starting to irk me a bit... but then again, tiny DLC downloads are seeming to be a staple anyway...
Personally I'd have to look at the list to see which ones are exclusives xD I think in this day and age, tech and exclusive content in-game seems to be taking hold over exclusive games.
all I know is this - exclusive games are the reasons I buy other consoles. I also know this - Games are awesome.