Submitted by Thantalas 906d ago | opinion piece

Did Microsoft authorise unofficial references to the next Xbox?

Air tight non-disclosure agreements means that developers and publishers are not even allowed to acknowledge the existence of the next Xbox console. Yet since February at least three major publishers have directly alluded to their forthcoming games being released on Microsoft’s newest console. Are these accidents or have Microsoft authorised them to do this? (Microsoft, Next-Gen, Xbox One)

Hands Up For Games  +   906d ago
Kinda struggling to get over the obviousness of this article. Like really struggling.
creeping judas  +   906d ago
I agree, I am wondering how you would authorize (correct spelling by the way author)a reference, whether unofficial or official?
Honest_gamer  +   906d ago
Well since the Americans speak a altered version of British English it is in fact authorise and the Americans changed it to authorize I guess you never thought oh maybe he isn't from america or anything like that.
Fishy Fingers  +   906d ago
Yeah the correct US spelling of an English word :/
DaKid  +   906d ago
BlmThug  +   906d ago
It is authorise, not your altered American spelling
guitarded77  +   906d ago

Sorry, that's all I can think of when one of my American brethren make an Americentric comment. It's really not so much our fault as individuals. We have to learn everything about other cultures on our own, because we only get taught AMERICAN (F-YEAH!!!) history in grade school... and we barely get taught grammar. Our school system tends to focus on testing.

On topic: I can't wait for the MS reveal. I love reveals. If Commodore decided to come out with a 16-bit machine today... I'd be excited for the reveal.
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mistertwoturbo  +   905d ago
N4G is an American website, not a UK one. So here its Authorize. Otherwise, we'd have N4G.co.uk and you guys can Authorise all you want. Heck, even my automatic spellchecker on this little comment box is putting a red line under Authorise.
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mistertwoturbo  +   905d ago
Edit: double post
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nukeitall  +   905d ago
Say what?

I speak american!
SmokeyMcBear  +   905d ago
actually N4G is based in europe.
sak500  +   905d ago | Well said

Sorry to burst your bubble regarding commodore's 16bit reveal but you missed it by few decades as it happened in late 80s. I was there and read all about it in the magazines. Eventually bought it replacing my C64.


Since when does a site's host country has anything to do with what software is in your computer. If i'm sitting somewhere in Asia or EU or any non US region will my going to US site change the dictionary/spell checker in my system? OR are we to automatically adhere to the laws of teh country where the site's been hosted? Use some cells in your brain..
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pixelsword  +   905d ago
That's being politically correct, not technically correct. I could be wrong, but that looks like an American site and writer so he's technically wrong. When you correct the other guy, that's just like him correcting someone who called soccer "football" on an American website and people chiding him for it. Unless the site is .co.uk or catering to Brits, the writer is technically wrong.
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DragonKnight  +   905d ago
I love these English fights. So much ignorance flies around. For example, English wasn't invented by "the English" yet they love to state they speak the "proper version" of it. It's also funny to note that that's still technically incorrect as when British Imperialism led them to North America, the language that exists in the U.S. now was the language being spoken then, with time creating some "Americanisms". The New York "Bronx" accent is actually the more historical British accent and, as colonists left to return to Britannia, their accent changed.

In any event, I'm Canadian and we've been forced to alter some of our words to cater to French spelling so I don't give a damn which English is "correct" because it's all English and whether it's tyre or tire, authorise or authorize, it's all just semantics and misplaced patriotism.
shoddy  +   905d ago
Damn I hate nerdy grammar corrector.

They act like It's English class 24/7.

they wine at type o

Is it a crime that you are unable to speak English?
ravinash  +   905d ago
Thats the benefit of having a living language. constantly changing, borrowing form other languages, changing words and adapting.

Beside, it does not matter which country you come from. There is no terms of use in that site dictating which version of English you have to use.
Hell, I'm from New Zealand so we end up borrowing from both, mainly because we get a mix of American and British media.
Hitman0769  +   905d ago
@guitarded77 lol this guys the man
NobodyImportant  +   905d ago
DragonKnight - "English wasn't invented by "the English" yet they love to state they speak the "proper version" of it."

Surely if "the English" change their own language then that is their perogative. Seeing as it is "English" and they have branded their name on it.
French, Spanish, Portuguese have evolved over the years, so why not our language.

Maybe it would be easier if you branch off your "American" English and rename it "Americish" and then you can do what you like with your version of the language
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SolidStoner  +   905d ago
de best ting iz thet ai kan understand yuu, an juu mii!!!!!! yay!!
DragonKnight  +   905d ago
@NobodyImportant: Yeah, it doesn't really work that way. You can't go around saying you speak a language the "correct" way under the assumption that the language comes from your country when it doesn't. That's quite arrogant and at the same time ignorant.

And, like I said, I'm Canadian not American, so I don't know why you'd come up with "Americish" as the implication that Canadians speak American English when Canada has French and English (as in the UK) founding fathers.
Shadow Flare  +   905d ago
"The New York "Bronx" accent is actually the more historical British accent"

That is one of the funniest things I've read this year. I'm pretty sure William Shakespeare didn't speak like a New York taxi driver, but hey, I don't own a time machine, how would I know

"Romeo, oh Romeo, get your hot dogs here Romeo"

Oh, just FYI dragonknight, there's no such thing as a British accent. People who are British, don't call themselves British here. You're either English, Scottish or Welsh. So you have one of those accents, which are very different to each other. And even that's not fully accurate since there are like a hundred accents within those countries too. Liverpool, Manchester, London, Yorkshire, Somerset etc, etc all have very different accents.

But apparently we all sounded like New York hot dog sellers in ye olde day
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Shadow Flare  +   905d ago
Forgive me, I can't get over the sheer and utter bollocks of that statement dragonknight said:

" The New York "Bronx" accent is actually the more historical British accent and, as colonists left to return to Britannia, their accent changed."

That is one of the most incredible things I've read. Absolute rubbish.

Lets get this straight, from his statement apparently at the time when Britain colonised America, everyone in Britain sounded like Joey Tribiani's agent.

Then they came to America and left the New York accent with everyone

Then the colonists left America, went home to England, and...lost their accent, because....because....

a) everyone in Britain sounded American still?

b) they lost the accent because nobody spoke like an New York shoe shiner in the UK, at anytime ever? OR

c) did the colonists not have an American accent at all to begin with, because they were born in Britain?


I was born in England and live in England and have never ever heard that we spoke with American accents in the past. Never been taught that. The BBC subjects its viewers to a lot of period dramas and historical documentaries and not once have they ever shown the people speakin like Robert Di Nero in Taxi. Pride and Prejudice wouldn't quite have the same authenticity I suspect. Never ever seen that before

I don't know what back of a toilet door you learnt that from but it's rubbish. If you learnt that in university, ask for your money back.
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Omni-Tool  +   905d ago
I knew about next gen consoles were going to be coming out soon and games had to be in development for said consoles before the PS4 announcement from Sony.
Does MS really think we are that stupid? Or, is the author of this article that stupid?

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user7693958  +   905d ago
I guess we most agree ..
DragonKnight  +   906d ago
Handytips.info? What? Never heard of this site. Kinda screams hit mongering to me.
sdozzo  +   906d ago
All of you beat me to it. Haha.
Animal Mutha 76  +   906d ago
So let me get this straight.

Now we have a rumour article that is discussing a rumour about Microsoft deliberately creating a rumour about the next Xbox that developers can allude to when speaking to the media so they can report it as a rumour?

For heaven's sake!

Oh and that's rumour as in the British English spelling - the correct way ;-)
Athonline  +   906d ago
Rumoursception! *Plays background music* Let's make a rumour, inside a rumour, inside a rumour... F*CK LOGIC! This reminds me South Park Inception episode xD

Back to the article: Companies sign an agreement. Even users in closed betas agreed to NDAs...
KillrateOmega  +   905d ago
Begin playing the Inception horns!
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SephirothX21  +   905d ago
do do do do do do boo do do do do do do...
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Jek_Porkins  +   906d ago
Nope, companies sign an agreement to keep things confidential. When Microsoft decides to show the world the next Xbox, we'll know.
TuxedoMoon  +   905d ago
I don't really know what to say about this particular article. Microsoft authorizing mentions of their console? A secret plan to get more mentions of their nextbox? I don't think Microsoft is that smart or deviant to do all this. We all know there's a new xbox coming, so it's hardly a secret to that extent.
kingslayer1000  +   905d ago
Lol xbox
fsfsxii  +   905d ago
Lol one bubble
YoungKingDoran  +   905d ago
keep using that bubble wisely mate!
Knight_Crawler  +   905d ago
You have used up all your bubbles for this discussion.

Ok :(
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ShoryukenII  +   905d ago
I laughed. Bub up for you.
Ju  +   905d ago
I agree with the article (looks like some did more focus on grammar than what was actually written). It was a clever move from Sony. They burn in the Sony / PS4 brand with those games and publishers don't need to hold back on their reveal. Even if they say "next gen console_s_", putting the real name to it builds brand recognition. Benefits both, Sony and the publishers. Looks like EA is holding off; maybe they do have a deal with MS and don't want to spoil that otherwise we'd see BF4 for PS4 all over the place (and because they just released BF3: End Game). Sony is getting free advertising. Still early in the game, but I believe the value to this is half a win already.
momthemeatloaf  +   905d ago
Exclusive BF4 and Ass creed content on the next Xbox.
stage88  +   905d ago
Ha no.
GrathiusXR  +   905d ago
Most idiotic article ever.
Mogwai  +   905d ago
All these types of articles not worth reading remind me of dirty annoying pigeons scrounging around for a crumb to eat and shitting all over the place.
RetrospectRealm  +   905d ago
If Microsoft authorized references, wouldn't that make them official?
pixelsword  +   905d ago
Yes and no:

It's an engineered leak to keep certain technical details out of the news (in case of last minute changes) but to simutaneously maintain a certain level of buzz.

there are more sophisticated methods to do this, so it' likely an executive overseeing this or an uninventive underling.
ziggurcat  +   905d ago
this article is bad, and i should feel bad (for clicking on it).

i don't see how any of that alludes to anything nor is "next-gen consoles" or "future generation technology" a specific reference to the next xbox.

logic fail.
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Whitey2k  +   905d ago
i fought ps4 had exclusive content with destiny?

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