There's no denying that 2017 has been an excellent year for gamers of all tastes and persuasions so far, and with the first half of the year being so freaking jam-packed with high-profile titles, it's no surprise that more than a little weird has managed to slip through the cracks.
From the annual circus that is E3, to bungled launches of massively-anticipated games, embarrassing business decisions and one of the weirdest side-quests you'll find in any game released in any year, 2017 has already been a treasure trove of strangeness by turns delightful, infuriating and sometimes simply confusing.
With October and November typically being the boom months for gaming, there are surely plenty of bizarre announcements and spoilers left to come, but they just might struggle to live up to these 15 eyebrow-raising moments which made gamers the world over wonder quite what the f*** just happened...
15. Sony Refuses Cross-Play With Microsoft & Nintendo
With it being revealed at E3 that Rocket League will eventually allow Xbox One and Nintendo Switch owners to play matches together, the discussion once again turned to why Sony won't throw their hat into the cross-play ring, something that's been brought up many times over the years.
Sony did eventually rustle up the hilariously low-effort excuse that they haven't signed off on cross-play because they can't guarantee they'd be able to protect their customers from toxic players on other platforms.
It's an argument that crumbles apart the second you consider that Nintendo, by far the most cautious of the three companies when it comes to protecting its young customers from harassment, is happy to participate in cross-play. So, why not Sony?
The real answer is that Sony has the biggest market share and feels no need to do the other two platforms a solid, but ultimately they're just sticking it to gamers above all else. For the players? Bulls***.
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