|QUOTE (Trund @ Monday, Jun 17 2013, 13:54)|
| What I actually find the worst, is that Microsoft pretty much never gives an official statement on anything. There are a thousand rumors about the One and they don't give a sh*t about clearing things up, probably in hope that the hardcore Xbox fans won't realize the truth about their console, with all the restrictions.|
That, I believe, is because their true intentions are so unpalatable that they could never be made public. I think they see gamers as the gullible members of the family - easily manipulated and witless agents in their plan to "own the living room".
We all have an opinion on gamers who buy the same rehashed game in an annualised franchise such as CoD and FIFA, and if we think they're stupid for buying the same game every year, then microsoft would naturally bank on them to be stupid enough to sign up for the Xbox One. And guess which games were on the stage at the X1 reveal in May? That's right, CoD and FIFA.
Their whole attitude to the game buying public has been patronising, confusing and disingenuous. This is how people behave when they have something to hide. You can get a better understanding of what they are trying to hide if you look at the Xbox 360, not as a games console, but as a strategy.
The 360 launched with achievements, gamerscore, online ID and online friends - they also rolled out a load of exclusive IP in the first few years of the cycle. These features and assets got gamers in and they got them addicted - but then the core IP dried up mid-cycle - why waste resources on hardcore gamers when you already have them hooked?
With the hardcore hooked they could then go after the rest of the family with casual games and motion games via kinect - which has a patent that can detect how many people are in a room and block content until a software license has been renewed.
Sorry to go on so long, but they must have thought they had the people wrapped around their finger when they revealed the Trojan horse, AKA the Xbox One. They really thought the TV TV TV would have been a compelling concept. When it failed completely, they promised us games games games.
It's not difficult to read between the lines of their legalese, and see their true intentions. They are trying to bamboozle us with a few games and TV shows, so that we'll hook up their device to our current devices. They can then gather data from us and direct advertisements taylored to our behaviour patterns, and control our homes as a software licensing environment.
I have absolutely had it with them. Their vision of the future is nothing more than a strategy for gaining control of the individual. I cannot accept this so I did the least I could do
and that was to get all my microsoft games, console and kinect:
...take it down to my local GAME store and trade it in (oh the irony)
...and leave with a console made by people who are still making stellar games right to the release of their next generation of hardware...
Our freedoms and privacy are worth more than any game, but now that I've stuck it to the people who want to take away my freedoms and privacy, I can kick back and enjoy some blockbuster exclusive games. Win-win.