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Midway says they're not the only ones "concerned" over PS3

As if Sony needed any other publisher's concern, Midway spoke out the other day about the up-take (or up-doc, if you want some tomfoolery) of the PS3. Midway's CEO David Zucker did the talking, but his words strike home and we're concerned about the same things he is: we want the good PS3 titles to sell very well. He's also concerned about console sales, feeling the price cut will deliver a nice, temporary boost to sales, but it might not be enough.

If you're wondering why Midway is so concerned, it's because for once, they're not trying to sell a Mortal Kombat title. They've got the special edition of Stranglehold and Unreal Tournament 3 coming out over the next few months and those are pretty important titles to get sales for. Midway wonders if another price cut will come in the future, if it's enough, and if their big titles will make a splash on the PS3, or bellyflop. Everybody knows that getting a pink belly is not a very fun way to start your day at the lake.

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1. well if they are concerned they better make sure then that these titles dont get downrezzed for those of us with 1080i TVs otherwise I will wait until next year and get UTIII on the 360 where I know I can experience it in HD

Posted at 2:21PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by ToyAnvil

2. Ah, patience is a virtue. I do strongly believe. Many companies are worried about this and that for the PS3's future. Since being release in the states, the PS3 hasn't even reached its 1 yr yet.

Like many have stated, the games being released this holiday season is only the start of what 2008 will bring forth, and that's the steam that the PS3 will be picking up full force.

Posted at 2:22PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by Tru-blue

3. well I know I will be picking up stranglehold. cant beat that a game and a movie on one disc. just wish it didn't get pushed back. I wanted something to play until heavenly sword hits.

Posted at 2:29PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by drdre74

4. I bet the sales of the Mortal Kombat game they released for the Wii weren't too hot either.

Posted at 2:30PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by ouj

5. ill buy both for hardboiled in HD and of course ut3 is just going to be fun

Posted at 2:38PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by doug

6. Midway is probably doing some back door PR negotiation crap and carping on Sony will get Microsoft to hand them over a nice money hat. I haven't bought a Midway game for years.

Posted at 2:40PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by FrankBilboWinkerToups

7. Ok ... here comes a lesson of PR 101 ... don't make negavie statements BEFORE your games get released for a console .. make NEGATIVE statements AFTER and IF you have negative figures on the sale report of your so beloved highliy anticipated titles !!!!
As of now PS3 has an install base of almost 5 millions units .. FIVEMILLIONS .. can someone please tell me where is the negativity ? .. Dear David Zucker if the games that you are releasing for our belowed system are really that good we will show you all our love by buying them .. if they are crap .. well is not our fault and you should blame the developers and the game/production designer. Of one thing I am sure the fact that u can import custom made maps in PS3 is "kick ass" new and just that should sell the tytle.

Peace

Posted at 2:58PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by ITA_Mafia_Boy

8. @ITA_Mafia_Boy

I agree. If a good game comes out, the sales will definitely reflect it. I mean if Resistance can be a million seller, the EVERY other PS3 game has the same potential. Some devs just won't ever realize that potential.

Posted at 3:10PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by gullum

9. Perhaps if you would extend every resource to make sure your games are going to blow us away instead of wasting time casting doubt over the PS3,then maybe, just maybe your games would actually sell well. Stop blaming the console and make sure your games are completely up to par. If you make a spectacular game it will sell incredibly well. If you make garbage your sales will be garbage regardless.

Posted at 3:11PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by Parker

10. I am f-ing sick and tired of these peopel and there issue with teh price, sure I can pay 349.99 and get a piece of shit that i will most like likely have to replace, and if i want to watch hd movies i have to spend 179.99 for a add on, but i dont I paid 599.99 for the system and never thought twice abount it, This is a company that have NEVER dissapointed us but now oh sony is loosing, sony needs, this f all these company, sony was there for them to put all of them on the map nowe when sony needs the its f sony, i gonna go for teh green, that's all its about with teh people... I am a prowed owner of a ps3, and i will be a PS fanatic for ever............

Posted at 3:14PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by slick

11. the problem is not whether the game is good or not, it is how many people available for purchase. If there are 1 million ps3s sold, no matter how good resistance is, not everyone will buy it since they are not FPSers. If there are 4 million units sold more resistance will be sold due to more FPSers introduced. So it is part of the game being good but it is also dependent on the audience who are holding a PS3. If all the audience are RPG fanboys then even if GOW or Halo3 comes to ps3 not many copies will be sold.

Of course making your game quality as best as it can be will help bring some "wow" factors and some "unsure" gamers will probably buy it. Midway and other companies can't think negative like "oh man, only 5 million units sold, lets just make it a crappy port and hope we make some profit" once they don't make much they say "we made a PS3 game for you ungrateful gamers yet you guys arent gobling it up."

Posted at 3:21PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by shase

12. Why are people so concerned about PS3 sales? It's keeping up with the 360 for the same period that the 360 had no competition:

http://vgchartz.com/hwcomps.php?cons1=Wii®1=All&cons2=PS3®2=All&cons3=X360®3=All&align=1

Posted at 3:28PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by ck

13. Well I can say I have my eye on Stranglehold for Hardboiled. So I plan on getting that game. Plus with mods on the PS3 version I also think that is great. So if the game turns out great I will have to pick up that game also.

Posted at 3:38PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by Joe

14. The only Midway game I'm picking up is Area 51. That game looks great.

Posted at 3:52PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by Andy

15. Quite the conundrum huh? Better games will equal better console sales and better console sales will appease the makers of the games. I actually feel the PS3 has done a decent job in sells considering its price point and the lack of truly killer games. Midway needs to have faith in their games as much as they hint/poke/demand that they think Sony needs to loose more money per unit by selling it at another price cut. Create the truly killer apps and they will make money. Create mediocre games, derivative games, and rehashes and they may have a reason to worry. The developers have just as much ability to push units as Sony does.

Posted at 4:34PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by Dungwader

16. The only midway game i am picking up is Shadow Hearts 4 when it comes out

Posted at 4:34PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by shase

17. I think they need to worry about the 360's future not the Ps3's. Here's why:

Report: Xbox 360 in danger of becoming distant third:
http://www.gamepro.com/news.cfm?article_id=126688

Sony reports fewer losses than Microsoft:
http://www.gamepro.com/news.cfm?article_id=125488

Xbox division posts $1.9B loss over last year:
http://www.gamepro.com/news.cfm?article_id=123948

Feature: Six Reasons The Xbox 360 Is in Trouble:
http://gamepro.com/microsoft/xbox360/games/features/124008.shtml


This shit is seriously getting annoying... PS3 just had a slow start like ALL PREVIOUS Sony systems, it will pick up AS ALWAYS. The media just hates Sony, you never see all the articles that I posted above about the MASSIVE TROUBLE 360 is widespread all over the net...ITS BS!!

Posted at 4:38PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by never$$hort

18. I paid the money for the PS3 ... this shouldn't be Mr. Zuckers concern.

Mr. Zucker should however be concerned that I'm now more conscious, picking and choosing which games I'm dumping $60 on, again and again. Because of the increased cost of the games, I am no longer paying and playing blindly.

Mr. Zucker might also enjoy hearing me say, I can't tell you the last Midway title I played or purchased. It seems he should be focusing his concentration on creating good games.

Posted at 5:33PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by David Costin

19. @

Resistance only sold what it did because the lack of games out for the PS3. Thats all. They had to buy something to play on the damn thing other than a movie.

@

Say all you want about the 360. It doesnt appear in trouble to me. They do have the lead over Sony. They also have the games with more on the way. And Halo 3 hasnt even been out yet which you know will break records. There have been plenty of negative press for the 360, but the bottom line is, few people care. Especially if they own one of know friends who do. There are some system selling games on the 360 that people have had a blast playing. Live will blow nearly anything else away when it comes to online gaming in the console world, along with down loadable content like movies and such. The Arcade sells games like hot cakes. They are addressing the Ring of Death issue - offered the 3 year warranty and will begin now to keep that fix the faulty units for good.
There is also the 65nm chip coming out soon that will help the system. A price drop is coming as well.
So you saying the 360 is in trouble doesnt mean much. Those articles mean very little as well. The 360 is in millions of peoples homes and growing. Wait until the holidays and it will have grown even more.
I had a PS3 and was not happy with it. Im not into spending 30 bux for Blue Ray movies and I am dissatisfied with the games out and even the ones coming out soon. You want to talk about a console being in trouble, it could only be the PS3 for right now. Sure they are starting to straighten out a little but they still have a long way to go.
Just because, for whatever reason, you are trying to be die hard loyalists to Sony, doesnt mean you cant admit the problems Sony is facing. Im no loyalist to any one but I have been very happy with my 360. And sure it has broke on me, but I paid nothing to get it fixed and it was back to me in less than 10 days. I like the system and games I play that much that it doesnt matter to me that much. As long as they are going to fix the issue for good is all that matters. Either way, they will always have the games that many people want to play. And once again, the multiplayer is a blast and is really just superior to what Sony has and will have for a while.

Posted at 5:38PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by CJ

20. EDIT forgot to add the names...

@ gollum


@ never$$hort

Posted at 5:39PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by CJ

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