Why Microsoft Sucked The Fun (And Community) Out Of Their Next-Gen Xbox Unveil

FleshEatingZipper writes: Flash forward to today and we’re getting bald-faced invites to watch Microsoft unveil their third console through their current console and through their site. There is no Colony. There is no Xbox point man to reassure us that this console is coming to us from a place of enthusiasm to make games. This is no longer an affair for the hardcore because the crowd has grown so much larger. The Xbox is far beyond just games, it’s far beyond just Halo, Oddworld, or Gears of War.

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PopRocks3591973d ago

Simple; they allowed this rumor about "always online" to go completely out of control and waited far too long to say something about it and it resulted in a lot of anger and frustration from gamers on the internet. It's hard to get excited about something after a mess like that.

TFXR1973d ago

But watch the Colony video included, they talk about all the benefits of 'always on' seven years ago and it sounds amazing.

zerocrossing1973d ago

Always on is fine if you can play games without an Internet connection, otherwise it's a terrible idea.

DragonKnight1973d ago

Always-on in the sense of your console will always be connected to facilitate things like updates and new features is one thing. Always-on in the sense that you can't play games without a network connection will NEVER be right and NEVER have legitimate justification even if that justification was "if you are always-on, we can make games cheaper."

CEOSteveBallmer1973d ago

"Optional" is the word that microsoft is missing here if they really implement it. I can just imagine playing a game when my internet goes down, in the middle of my play a message pops up, my game booted me out to the main menu and tells me, "There has been a connection Error, Please connect to the internet to play".

ziggurcat1972d ago

dragonknight hit the nail on the head.

if its implementation is such that you never have to turn on your console or boot a game only to find out that an update is available, i'm all for an always-on connection. if its implementation is such that it's required to be online in order to play your games (even if it's single player), then that's a load of horse ****.

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Blastoise1973d ago

" and waited far too long to say something about it"

And then they came out with "Deal with it" lol

PopRocks3591973d ago

Eyup. That was a derp on that guy's part. I feel badly that a series of poorly thought out tweets lost him his job, but in this day and age you have to be careful what you say when you're in those high profile positions in the industry.

Diver1972d ago (Edited 1972d ago )

I don't feel bad. It wasn't one faux pas. It was a progression over days of jibber jabbering. An it was jibber jabber driven by arrogance an condescension. Especially bad was jabbin peeps that couldn't really control where they live.

Nah this dude wasn't fired for one tweet an one mistake.

BitbyDeath1972d ago

MS shot down the rumours of next xbox and illumiroom pretty quickly

so considering they have said nothing yet about 'always online' it is most likely real.

YodaCracker1972d ago (Edited 1972d ago )

They didn't "shoot down rumors" about Illumiroom... That's an interview about the tech where they were asked when it will be available. Nothing to do with rumors. Microsoft, like any company, does not comment on rumors or speculation. Especially when it deals directly with unannounced hardware. You can't tell people specific details about the next Xbox, especially when it does not even officially "exist" yet.

AngelicIceDiamond1972d ago

Consider MS never had stamped a date on their console. Now people are gonna try and say "oh the rumors say this" or "oh the rumors say that."

I understand the bad rumors were happening with Sony before they revealed it. And no, no internet don't trick yourselves in saying

"well Sony showed there love for the gamers, therefor announced the console to clear up the rumors."

Sony announced its console right before the rumors formed into a monster of speculation and misconception.

Remember when Sony trolled MS with this comment Look how easy and sensible with the majority of peoples comments.

a couple of weeks later the PS4 gets announced via Ustream.

Now 2 short months later MS stamps a release date finally. Now people are saying "its no surprise now."

MS let the rumors pile for a reason. They know rumors don't go beyond gaming sites no matter how bad.

They are rumors, anonymous sources from all four coners of the internet were coming hard at MS. I do believe these "unknown sources" were making up some of these rumors as time passed. Because that's the sweetest part about the internet, gosspip and stories.

@PopRocks Yeah that's the internet. Rumors don't go very far via word of mouth.

malokevi1972d ago

Lol. Another hilariously written troll article.

I suspect the author is already playing on the next Xbox, hmm?

That, or blowing smoke out their ass.

I'm banking on the latter.

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Dlacy13g1973d ago

LOL.. to the author what exactly is a " bald-faced invites "?

KillrateOmega1973d ago (Edited 1973d ago )

No facial hair allowed.

They don't take kindly to it in them parts :P

kneon1973d ago

That would explain why I didn't get one :)

wolokowoh1973d ago

The author is using baldfaced to mean obvious, straightforward, or unmistakable. Microsoft went from being completely secretive to inviting people to Next-Gen Xbox in a straightforward, open manner. No attempt was made to hide what it is truly is. It's an invite to an Next Xbox event not just a Microsoft one named something ambiguous. A little linguistic history. The term "Bold-faced lies" or "bald-faced" began as bare-faced lies, meaning the face wasn't covered up and no attempt was made to cover the lie up. It turned into bold to characterize the behavior. Bald meant white or bare so it somehow morphed into that.

Dlacy13g1973d ago

Well there you go... I learned something today. :)

aviator1891973d ago

I'm plenty excited about what ms will show at their xbox reveal event.
And as for rumors regarding anything, I normally just brush them aside and wait for the real thing.

Aceman181973d ago

i'm quite the opposite i'll watch the reveal, but i'm not really excited for it nor will i be purchasing it.

been gaming for over 30 yrs and this is the first time i probably wont be owning multiple consoles in one generation.

Septic1972d ago

You won't be purchasing a console you haven't even seen? Well that sounds odd to me, but I'll be doing the more rational thing and wait till the reveal to make up my mind. Most likely however, I suspect that I'll be buying both consoles at launch.

Aceman181972d ago


if LIVE is the most important part of the xbox experience, and i refuse to pay someone else to access my own internet im already paying my cable subscriber to do what would be the purpose of buying their new system?

Supermax1973d ago

I'm looking forward to the next box gonna be fun and exciting for me just like I loved watching Sonys event

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