THE INTERNET IS ANGRY!!! ANGRY AT XBOX ONE!!! I NEED TO VOICE MY OUTRAGE FOR THIS THING AS WELL!!! Actually no I’m not, but I would like to address some issues I see with most of these arguments that I don’t really see as making sense, and is more of a testament to how selfish, greedy, and paranoid the core gaming community is.
Outrage #1: USED GAMES REQUIRE A FEE!?! THIS IS BS WHAT IF I WANTED TO BORROW A COPY FROM A FRIEND TO TRY IT OUT!?!
Let me break this outrage down in a couple of ways. First, yes the used game market does hurt the industry, because it hurts developers. These hard working folks toil tirelessly to create an entertaining experience and end up being shafted by greedy publishers and distributors. Used games cause a dent in those people’s pockets and thus ends up moving backwards to the people who actually love creating games. This method, but still not the best, may ensure that the developers see some more capital. I suppose this breaks down to would you rather give your money to greedy people that do pay the people who make the game, or would you rather give it a distributing company like GameStop that under buys, oversells, and none of the used sales money goes to the people who make the games?
Furthermore, this is a very similar model to how Steam works, and for some reason the gaming community gives them a free pass. On Steam you make an account buy games (some of which you have already bought in the past but whatever you still want to play it without finding 10 floppy disks), and then using an internet connection you download, verify the game with some form of DRM, and then play the games. How is this any different? Is it because we still live in the days where Microsoft is the evil empire? I’m not saying they’re perfect but the fact is that both Valve and Microsoft are businesses. They are in it to make money, and they only care about you as long as you are consuming from them. Flat out. Stop pretending that they want to be your friend.
Now as for borrowing a copy from your friend… Come on… You just want to play it without paying for it. That’s selfish. Free downloadable demos give you an opportunity to play a game so stop acting like they are some how keeping you away from the joy or trying to pull the wool over you.
Also I’ll address this here as well. Yes, I have bought my fair share of used games. Yes, I have acquired games by less that reputable means. However I realize that those acts were selfish and I am just as guilty. I have since tried to stop doing that, since now I know what developers have to go through, and it has given me a lot more respect for their work. Developers, stay classy.
Outrage #2: NO BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY!?! I MAY HAVE TO REPURCHASING GAMES THAT I ALREADY BOUGHT!?! THAT IS QUITE LITERALLY HITLER!!!
I actually spoke a little bit about this in my last post, and I don’t really see this as being as big of an issue as most people do. Does some how buying this new console render people incapable of keeping their old one and hooking that up when they want to play those games? If you are one of these people mad about this and yet you have more than one console hooked up to your TV, then please shut up.
As for repurchasing games, we are moving in an interesting direction where it seems like games are becoming more like a service akin to Netflix than actually owning a physical copy. Once again Steam is the best example of a fully digitally distributed system where you purchase access to a game, but it does not necessarily belong to you. For instant you cannot trade those games, you cannot resale those games, and if you die your account cannot be inherited. Once again I have alluded to talking about this argument in more detail but for now, but the fact remains in the near future you won’t own games. You’ll pay for the rights to play them. Now if you want to play those games you already bought… Sadly, as it exists now, you have to repurchase them, and that is a result of this transition It would be nice if there was some way to find a way to verify one had bought that game and then either have access to it for free or for a smaller charge, but as that seems like a logistical nightmare they are going to avoid that.
Outrage #3: MICROSOFT IS BIG BROTHER!!! THEY ARE ALWAYS WATCHING YOU!!! THE XBOX ONE WILL NEVER TURN OFF, SO THEY CAN SEE WHAT KIND OF CORN CHIPS YOU EAT AND THEN PUT IN GAME ADVERTISEMENT TRYING TO SELL YOU MORE CORN CHIPS… OR THEY WANT TO WATCH YOU JACK OFF!!!
I have to admit the always on thing… Doesn’t make much sense to me, and I get the idea of wanting to quickly get into playing with your new dog in the special edition Call of Duty Kinectimals. However, it just seems like a pointless feature. Now does that mean Microsoft is going to spy on you? Seems very unlikely. No one wants to pay a team of marketers to sit and watch neck beards in their boxers scream at a TV.
Those are the outrages I have seen more often than not. I’m sure this post may cause more outrage, so I’m putting my flame shield on high and preparing for the worst. However the fact remains, if you don’t like these practices then do not buy the console, but don’t act self entitled, greedy, and paranoid when a company is trying to make money.