Saturday, 22 June 2013

The Xbox 180: Never Forget A Story as Tragic as the Xbox One

So I've returned to my trust desk after several trips in and around the Atlantic, and while I was away several important things happened. Iran elected a new President, the NSA scandals broke revealing large amounts of privacy violating data, India flooded and Syria edged ever closer towards destruction. (Prepare for a large amount of hate compared to usual) ((Also, I've seen the Mylo Xyloto Review, it is very nearly done))

But do you know what sent me into cackles of glee when I heard it in the early morning from a friend's sofa. "Microsoft has gotten rid of it's DRM and always Online Policy for the Xbox One". Oh yes my friends, the U-turn of the year has just passed us by. Less than a month after the PR nightmare that was the May 21st Reveal and E3 slaughterfest and Microsoft come running, tail between legs, admitting in full that they are nothing but a bunch of incompetent con-men who tried to milk the cash-cow so hard, the udders would've fallen off.


Even though it is a title attached purely to hammer home the shame and derision I feel for Microsoft. It is still a better name than the Xbox One.


But while this is most certainly a victory for consumer right's in the gaming industry, and a possible precedent set in terms of the sheer hammering a company has to receive before it decides that to admit fault and change is preferable to the decimation it would've received in November. As someone much wiser than me once said...Never Forget. 
Never forget how close Microsoft came to doing this, they sat through lots of board room meetings to get to that point.
Never forget how even after Sony came out and showed they weren't playing the same twisted game, they powered on through.
Never forget how much of your rights Microsoft wanted to take away.
Never forget that they could well turn around and try this again, if not on this console then on the next.
Never forget that they didn't U-turn on such issues as an always on, must be included Kinect.

Never forget, if you get slightly tempted to buy the Xbox One now, the reason you don't have to check in every 24 hours, and can own your own games isn't because of Microsoft. It is because of Sony...and it is because of the profit we threatened to deny them.

It is a shame we won't get to say "Microsoft is getting xboned" come November. But Humble Pie will suffice.

Ok, so yeah, sorry about that. I never like to make these things too heavy handed because y'know, Video Games, but what Microsoft was proposing was genuinely despicable and I'm very glad they've been forced to eat humble pie. My only hope now is that the Xbox One suffers irrespective, sending a clear message that even the attempt to do this was more than the gaming industry could stomach. Will we see the return of Backwards Compatibility? Probably not. Does the console Industry at least not look as dead as it did a few weeks ago? Well yeah, there might not be much hope, but there is some. Have gamers done something that I didn't think would be possible again? Yes, and for that I am happy and surprised. Hopefully it shall happen again. 



29 comments:

  1. Wow, did you have some sort of personality change abroad?

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    1. I don't believe so, I just really dislike the Xbox One. Sorry if I came on too strong.

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  2. Nice Mr Chapman, Microsoft have plugged a hole in a leaky boat. However people are still swimming for the boat that never had a hole in the first place. Don't be angry, they have had their smack on the wrist.

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    1. It was a glorious moment to hear, made almost better by being told 2nd hand information. Bring on the 8th generation.

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  3. Ok, the xbone achieves greatness, David Cameron achieves greatness or planet earth is doomed but there's only one spaceship and you're not on it?

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    1. Ugggh, I guess the Xbone...But only because I hate Cameron's definition of "greatness" more...And y'know, stuff dying.

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  4. Here's a question, are any of you going to buy either of them?

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    1. I think I can answer for everyone.

      Harvey will continue to be Sony's loyal bitch with a PS4 Purchase.
      I may get one if I really want to play Kingdom Hearts 3
      Simon doesn't spend money.

      (Me and Simon have a 3DS anyway if all else fails)

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    2. Ironic that you are advertising xbone on your site, but not ps4.

      Does anyone think the next 10 yrs could bring holodeck style games as in Star Trek, or is that too far fetched?

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    3. Well they recently managed to make it so you can play Pong with your mind. Anything could happen. I just have to hope my 30 year old self is still awesome enough to want to play Holodeck games.

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  5. Did you really glimpse the sacred document, or are you raising my hopes just to dash them again?

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    1. I can confirm I did, though I went blind at the sheer beauty of it.

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  6. Microsoft! Oh how you have betrayed
    Your reputation now is torn and frayed
    If your u turn were any more delayed
    You'd be sunk!
    Now Sony are the ever shining light
    They can do no wrong for doing right
    They are victors in the gaming fight
    Who'd have thunk?

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    1. Your talents are wasted on our comment section my man. Consider it very much added.

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    2. While on the subject, will we see one of your poetic output this week?

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    3. Yep, come tomorrow afternoon there should be my latest "entry" to the world of poetry.

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  7. Take a look at the new Xbox One headset, its pretty cool and comes with the console http://www.noshitshurlock.com/microsoft-reveals-xbox-one-headset/

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  8. Im getting PS4 regardless.

    more powerful
    cheaper
    dont come with rubbish kinect
    prefer the games

    not only that - microsoft are changing their mind left and right, that tomorrow they might have nother say on drm or something. cant trust em at all anymore.

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    1. Exactly, some people seem to think that this u-turn means that it is safe to go back. It definitely isn't, and it doesn't make any sense even if it was. The PS4 is a cheaper, more efficient console.

      Hopefully it is Console War won.

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  9. As soon as I read consumer rights I knew this was a BS article. Full of crap that the author read somewhere else and is just repeating. Develop an opinion of your own. MS offered some good things with their original plan. But trolls and fanboys decided it was bash time instead of going after the things that were truly a problem. There are actually morons that believe Kinect will spy on you. Any American thinking that should just self deport. I'm sure there are plenty of hardworking immigrants willing to take their place. All this Sony cares about gamers shit is the wet dreams of morons. The reality is Sony is a company trying to make money. They are just better pimps than MS. Which should make you question why that is. No decent company could pimp that well.

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    1. I'm not sure how you managed to simultaneously accuse me of both clearly having an opinion you don't agree with, and then saying that I don't have an opinion of my own. I can assure you sir that that is most definitely my own opinion, and if others share it, it is purely further proof of validity.

      I never accused the Kinect of spying on you, I just said it must be included, which for a lazy Wii knock off is silly in my opinion, as much as you've sort to undermine "my opinion". I also never said Sony weren't trying to make money, I appreciate that they are, and I have no doubt that they had plans to make something similar, but they appreciated A) The power of the consumer, and B) their rights. So I'm sorry if you find my article BS, but frankly it seems we have two rather different opinions.

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  10. @anonymous 20.57. I do believe I read that MS completely ignored customer concerns, at one point telling them to use the xbox 360 if they didnt like it, and their arrogance angered many people. Then they realized they weren't going to sell as well as Sony and did a u turn. Sony is, of course, out to make money but MS demonstrated they are ALL about money with no concern for their "fan base". So one wonders, once the console is sold, what their "customer services"team is like.....?

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    1. Yeah, I was discussing this with Billy Bob a few days ago I think, about how once everyone has got their pre-ordered consoles, the contracts allow for Msoft/Sony to reverse all the decisions they made. We've just got to hope that even they wouldn't be so openly dickish.

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  11. You know I was glad that MS did the U-Turn, I'm still not going to buy Xbox One (although i own a 360), but i don't want this generation to be a one horse race, otherwise Sony will get cocky again and fuck up the next "next generation".

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    1. Yeah, I'm also worried that Sony could make the same mistake they did after the PS2, getting too confident with the PS3. Hopefully the next generation won't be for a long while though, my wallet can't afford it.

      I won't be buying an Xbox One either, if they had added backwards compatibility maybe, but it'll take a lot to win us back.

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  12. Pretty funny, considering all you paupers and pauperstation fantards did was hold back the inevitable digital future a few more years. GFY!

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  13. It's not so much what is or isn't inevitable, it's about listening to the concerns of your loyal customers. Isn't that important in any business?

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    1. Precisely, and it isn't whether or not a digital future is inevitable, it is about the quality of the consumer right's within that digital future.

      Just because a company is able to crackdown on such things as used games, doesn't mean they should. That is the variable here.

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