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Ten of the biggest controversies and screw ups of gaming 2013

Whether you thought this was a great year for gaming, or think this was one of the worst years in recent memory, between the anti-consumer practices, studio closures, and people not knowing when to shut up on Twitter, it's hard to argue that this year was one of the most controversial ones within recent memory.

Some moments, however, have left massive scars on the gaming community causing rifts between not just gamers, but with publishers and developers as well. With the year coming to a close, lets look back on some of the biggest incidents that left a scar on the industry

Wii U's poor sales and shitty advertising and 3rd party support

 

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You pretty much got them all dude.

 

My personal picks for biggest flops has to be the capcom drama, the youtube license, and the aliens colonial marines fail. 

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You got them all. The FEZ 2 one is that weird mixture of satisfaction (a jerk getting his just deserts) and sadness (his fans and the artists who were working on the game get screwed over).

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For me, it was the Xbox One. From start to finish, Microsoft gave birth to a console quite literally from hell. A requirement to be always connected to Xbox Live, DRM, a spycam used by the watchful eyes of the NSA, the inability to trade or sell games, and as quoted by yourself, an over-emphasis on everything but the games themselves. The staff also proved themselves to be both incompetent and stupid by making the situation worse and worse, an example being agents at Nintendo's E3 conference trying to detour audience members to buy the Xbone.

 

Clearly, they had little choice other than to do a 180 on their original plans for the Xbone, otherwise the backlash would get twice as bad, and most of their already shrinking fanbase would defect to Microsoft's rivals, a good example being Sony. The only questions that remain are "What were they thinking?!" and also "Will Microsoft do another 180?" In my case, I wish not to find out. I'll be sticking with Sony from now on, at least THEY care for their consumers.

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