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Submitted by wishingW3L 817d ago | opinion piece

Donating my Xbox

Today Daniel Cook donated his Xbox 360 Elite to Goodwill. It represented a time in his life as a developer that he's not overly proud about living.

Daniel Cook worked for a couple years designing games at Microsoft. It is honestly difficult to say the exact group Daniel Cook was in since the organization was hit regularly by massive reorgs and general management failure. (Culture, Industry, Microsoft, Xbox 360)

MariaHelFutura  +   817d ago
Daniel Cook from Treehouse? We need to hear what Emily Yeung thinks of this!!!

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dedicatedtogamers  +   817d ago
Hahaha!

Anyway, it is interesting to hear this from an ex-employee. A lot of us saw it anyway. It is abundantly clear that Microsoft spent a considerable amount of time and money trying to re-shape what "hardcore gamer" meant in their own favor. Compare a "hardcore gamer" on the Xbox 360 and one from the past on an SNES or PS2 and you come out with two people who look (and play) completely differently.
Jek_Porkins  +   816d ago
Hardcore gamer is a term that means something different for just about everyone. The main thing about gamer's is that they've gotten older with each generation, the average age of a gamer was teen to late teen when the SNES was out, now the average gamer age is 33 years old, so of course things change.

The PS2 was more family friendly and casual than you might realize, it was a super cheap DVD player, and Sony at that time had a huge variety of family friendly content from the start. That is why the PS2 sold so well, it wasn't all core gamer's, it was a mix of everything.

One thing I've learned from N4G is that people use the term casual or hardcore whenever it suits their arguments.

I get the feeling that unless you play Sony games on a Sony console around these parts your just casual.
wishingW3L  +   817d ago
for those that don't want to read the long blog: Ex-Microsoft employee exposes how the company rejects most nonviolent game pitches, and how it intentionally caters to "chimpboy", frat-bro gamers.

Direct Quote:

"Xbox put machismo, ultra-violence and chimpboys with backwards caps in the spotlight." This embodies exactly how I felt about Xbox360. The original Xbox occupied a space between PC and console, and it was at its worst arguably somewhat redundant.

The Xbox360 however, sets a terrible precedent on almost every front. Appealing to the lowest common denominator by advertising on Mountain Dew cans, with Doritos, etc. Nickel and dimming their consumers with online fees. It felt very cheap and dirty."
M2-  +   817d ago
Either Daniel Cook edited his blog post or you are not quoting from the the same source.

"This embodies exactly how I felt about Xbox360. The original Xbox occupied a space between PC and console, and it was at its worst arguably somewhat redundant.

The Xbox360 however, sets a terrible precedent on almost every front. Appealing to the lowest common denominator by advertising on Mountain Dew cans, with Doritos, etc. Nickel and dimming their consumers with online fees. It felt very cheap and dirty."

This part of your "direct quote" is missing from his blog post.
Godmars290  +   817d ago
Largely knew that by the way they actively avoided JRPGs at first.
Anthotis  +   817d ago
Bad idea giving away his offline Xbox. Something he will regret in the future...
MasterCornholio  +   817d ago
He could just get an offline Wii U or an offline PS4.

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clintos59  +   817d ago
Smart kid & u wont regret it.
CEOSteveBallmer  +   817d ago
Even Developers at microsoft are turning away. I wonder why??
MASTER_RAIDEN  +   816d ago
this was an insane read. rarely hear of a developer having such a strong distaste for a company.
Either way, i really hope that his games get a chance to see the light of day, perhaps via ps4 thanks to the whole revamped green-light process.
Jek_Porkins  +   816d ago
This guy is basically saying Microsoft and the Xbox 360 was too hardcore for him, he wanted to make causal digital titles and that is all well and good, but there is a huge group of gamer's that like to blow things up, to get pissed off because he wanted to copy Nintendo games that he grew up with isn't exactly making me sympathize with him.

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