so, i’ve come down from the rage cloud i was hovering around on earlier, spitting fire and venom; better to discuss with clarity and coherence.
microsoft has done a 180, what i want everyone to marinate on is their reasoning behind it.
it is far too easy to see them as champion of the day, and oh! they listened to us! hark! they heard the gamers of the world! hip hip hooray! the gaming community needs to take a balanced look at what is going on here. and, no matter what, people somewhere, somehow will always complain.
now it begs the question, is this a success, a failure, or both at once?
what do you think? how does this DIRECTLY impact you and the group of people you intend to game with the most?
personally, i see this as a success and a failure all rolled into one at this current moment. things will play out over the next year or so, and we will have a better idea at that time exactly how each console is performing in not only their specific markets, but the gaming market as a whole.
so, why is this reversal of policy a success?
it can be looked at in a myriad of ways. first and foremost, MS appears to have opened their eyes and realized how out of touch their initial policies were with quite a segment of the gaming community. (at least the very vocal gaming community expressing their views on the internet with literally, hundreds of thousands of comments.)
in recognizing this, they have decided to backtrack on their “vision” and tailor it more to the desires that gamers have blasted them with. that being said, the system was clearly designed to be able to adapt to such a change if needed, so that in and of itself prompts the question, if they anticipated this, why didn’t they at least try to make the system a little more user-friendly? were they really daft enough to think everyone would be on board with such outlandish, iron-fist policies?
this reversal goes to show that not only if people collectively speak vocally enough about what they want and/or don’t want, then perhaps that will act as a catalyst for change. moreover, and i think more importantly, is the fact that many people spoke with their wallets, and that forced microsoft to “put their gun away”.
now, why is it a failure?
part and parcel because MS has shown us who they truly are. they have been talking out of both sides of their mouth since they announced xbox one. it has been a flurry of hazy rhetoric, that left no one knowing what precisely they were trying to communicate.
more important than their shapeless answers, is the fact that they were trying to force their loyal fanbase/customer base into purchasing something and agreeing to terms that they were not even tentatively okay with. maybe microsoft was so blinded by their “vision” that they got carried away and didn’t see the big picture. i don’t think that is the case, though. based simply upon the arrogant responses from MS execs, i can’t see it any other way than they thought they were dealing with a mindless, watered down populace that would support them, no matter what.
which leads me to the reason i think this is a failure. while they have re-appealed to the masses, they are doing so for a business purpose. NOT BECAUSE THEY CARE ABOUT YOU. sorry, don’t get all weepy on me, but MS is a multi-billion dollar corporation only looking to vacuum up as many dollar bills, euros, pesos, etc, that they can. they are doing this for the greater good of the company. not the greater good of the consumer.
if they had the consumer’s disposition in mind, they never would have done what they have done this far.
lastly, if the machine is built to go either way, and this is as easy as patching it on the first day, don’t think for one minute that it can’t go back, lickety-split. all they have to do is remotely recode and re-patch it, and there you go. you are back to owning a doorstop. as soon as you agree to their terms of service, which, how many of their users are really going to read in detail? you are agreeing to let them do whatever the hell they want with your $500.
now you tell me, is this a failure? or is this a success? more importantly, WHY?