Submitted by jcnba28 305d ago | video

Footage Of Microsoft Employee Trying To Sway People At Wii U Best Buy Event

We heard rumours earlier this week that suggested that Microsoft had begun sending representatives to the Wii U Best Buy events in an effort to sway gamers to get an Xbox One. Now footage has surfaced of the company doing this exact thing at an undisclosed Best Buy store in North America. Seems as though he wasn’t expecting the response he got. (Microsoft, Nintendo, Wii U, Xbox One)

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Rrobba  +   305d ago
Not sure if this is actually Microsoft arranged (seems too stupid that they would make him wear a shirt that actually says Microsoft on it), but if true this is real low.
iGAM3R-VIII  +   305d ago
Agreed, I don't think it is true though since the MS employee is wearing a bag or knapsack on him, but if it is true, MS have gone to the extreme and a bit to far to persuade people, it really would be on a whole new low.

BUT he did give the people PERFECT reasons TO actually BUY a WiiU lol
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papashango  +   305d ago
I don't see him doing anything wrong here...

just another rep at a big box store. How is this bad?
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loulou  +   305d ago
lol i doubt that was real

probably few fanboys from n4g doing this is more likely
iGAM3R-VIII  +   305d ago
@loulou are you hating, how and why would someone of N4G, make up this story, then go to BestBuy with a MS shirt and do this. That is a total waste of time.
Mounce  +   305d ago
@Papashango - You have to begin seeing it for what it is.

Misinformation being spread as Damage Control by Reps.

And Sabotage of Nintendos' attempt to try to reach out to their fans. It's despicable, desperate and pathetic.
3-4-5  +   305d ago
it's been reported at multiple locations...not just this guy..
Ritsujun  +   305d ago
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Dagobert  +   305d ago
You know these reps of either Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo usually do go to stores with a backpack since they carry their laptops etc. in them. Not sure how that seems unbelievable for a rep to wear a backpack.
UnHoly_One  +   304d ago
"despicable, desperate and pathetic"


It's freaking ADVERTISING.

I swear, if Microsoft developed a game that could cure cancer there would be an article on here about it, and people in the comments bitching because it wasn't multiplatform and MS was this terrible company. (And they would have 9 to 1 ratio of agrees to disagrees)

It's ridiculous. I get that you guys would walk a mile through broken glass to kiss Sony's feet but come the fuck on, seriously?

If they want to pay some people to advertise their console what is the big goddamn deal? If this was a Sony rep at an Xbox event, you guys would be whooping and hollering and cheering them on, filling the comments with LMAO's and every other damn thing. But MS does it and it's this huge terrible thing. Gimme a break.

I'm no huge supporter of the XB1, but the fanboy hypocrites on this site are out of control. Seriously guys. Stop and think about things from the other side before you jump on the hate bandwagon next time.
WolfOfDarkness  +   305d ago
Angry Joe interview with Microsoft , almost a fight was going to start ! LOL

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Bzone24  +   305d ago
Umm, people were talking to him. He doesn't really seem like he's trying to sell anything. He just commented on what they said.

It's so funny that a vast majority of the negative news on the Xbox One on this site isn't really anything but an attempt to trash Microsoft. And most people on here just lap it up.
KillrateOmega  +   305d ago
If you have a problem with all the negative Xbox One news, then go out and try to find some positive news for it and then submit said news.
cr33ping_death  +   305d ago
Microsoft is doing a good job at trashing itself.
Realplaya  +   305d ago
BUT you don't see when he walked up and the convo started. So how can you assume anything. My guess is he tried to sale on the benefit of the xbone they do it all the time at best buy.
Bzone24  +   305d ago
Thing is that any news regardless if it's negative or positive or even not news like this video is made into negative by people that don't want to be left out of the trashing of Microsoft. Gotta follow the flock I guess.

Lol. You say how can I assume anything and then your very next sentence is an assumption.
Realplaya  +   305d ago
@ Bzone24 I said my guess also when connect came out had two different reps trying to get me to stand on the carper and jump up and down for that game where you are in a f=raft going down a water course. So you are wrong a representative tried to sale me and others on the kinect.
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Bzone24  +   305d ago
And I said it seems.

Did I ever say a rep didn't try to sell you a Kinect when it came out?
n4f  +   305d ago
its use to be wiiu not the wind is turn toward xbone
S2Killinit  +   305d ago
if you dont get what it is that upsets gamers, then you will not get it. Stay with an xbox one, I hope you have friends with PS4s so that you can gauge the difference down the line.
Death  +   305d ago
There is no positive news or negative news. The stories here at n4g are mostly bs and misinformation intertwined with opinion pieces based on rumors or sheer hatred for anything not Sony.

The PS4 with its PC architecture and subscription based online service is an Xbox. The only thing Sony in the PS4 is the blu-ray drive and now that it is the standard format it's in the Xbox too. Playstation fans are embracing everything they stood against for the last three generations. I would imagine next gen when Sony catches up to the XboxOne Sony fans will love it too. I remember Sony fans swearing up and down it was horrible to have broadband only, a standard HDD and paid online. now that Sony dropped custom chips like the Emotion Engine and Cell, the only difference setting them apart is the ram. Microsoft chose CPU ram and Sony went with GPU ram. Different speeds with different latency, neither best for doing everything.
ironfist92  +   304d ago
He's a MS rep, he gets paid to do his job which is to market Microsoft products. Hate the Xbox One as much as you want, why would you dislike the man for doing his job?
RedHawkX  +   304d ago
dude the xbox one sucks. what do you not understand about that? the ps4 is just better and thats the fact of the matter. so why you trying to fight a battle already lost? join the ps4 side and all your stress will go away
DragonKnight  +   305d ago
This doesn't seem to be legit. He seems very unprofessional in the sense that he looks like he's chilling out and is more of an MS fanboy than a rep from the company. Then again, maybe that's what MS wanted, but the guy seems disinterested in actually "selling" the Xbox One. There are better salesmen on this site alone.
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TOSgamer  +   305d ago
Since he's not actually selling anything and hence there is no measurable way to judge his performance he doesn't have to work hard.
DragonKnight  +   305d ago
He may not have actual items to sell, but that doesn't mean he can't sell the X1 to people. What I'm saying is that he doesn't seem to be trying to be convincing the way a paid professional would be.
TOSgamer  +   305d ago
He's probably a temp event staffer that's doing a one day job. I doubt he gives a damn whether MS sells consoles or not.
Death  +   305d ago
Hmm...someone at a BestBuy with a shirt that says Microsoft on it. It has to be a spy trying to sell a console not available yet crashing a competitors event. It's not like Bestbuy sells PC's running Microsoft Windows, or tablets from Microsoft. Can't be there to help with Microsoft Office or any of the other programs currently available. A Microsoft MVP maybe or just someone who is fan? Nah, has to be something else...
AnimeAvenger  +   305d ago
Must be stupid to think this is real.
Spookshow  +   305d ago
Why is that Microsoft employee wearing a bra?
Spenok  +   305d ago
As someone who has worked in a big box retail store (Frys Electronics) and managed a dedicated gaming retail store (GameCrazy), which both had representatives of the big 3. They always wore shirts to represent who they work for, (Why wouldn't they?) I even worked at T-Mobile for a year. And cell phone company reps came in almost monthly. From Blackberry to Samsung, to HTC (They came in the most often) to even Nokia. All wore company shirts.

Not only does this tell people who they work for, but it also makes it easier to spot someone who "knows" what they are talking about when it comes to the product they are promoting. [Just to be fair I say "knows" because they often hire people who are just looking for a job, and give them a crash course on the products and information. I.E. NOT ACTUAL GAMERS. Though they do hire gamers here and there. (I have obviously looked into this job, even considered it when GameCrazy went under)].

This is more than likely real.

I obviously cannot prove it, as I didn't make the video. However there is NO reason to think otherwise.

I can understand why you might think that if you have never seen a company rep. But how about this, think of when you go into, lets say best buy, like the video. And go to the computer section. Have you never seen a rep for one of the computer manufacturers? Or even say Norton or AVG. Or maybe in the cell phone department, you see reps there all the time. Company reps almost ALWAYS wear shirts from the company they work for.
Godmars290  +   305d ago
Actually, kind of odd that this is the exact same guy who shown whenever this story comes up.

Might be the only instance of it, the only time someone had or thought to use their camera, but still.
-Superman-  +   305d ago
You blind? Look at t-shirt, it says: Microsoft
fuego624  +   304d ago
crazy part is this happened at the best buy in manchester ct. i work there and can confirm this is the microsoft rep i even talked to him and he was sent to promote xbox1.
whoyouwit04  +   304d ago
This isn't true, I am 100% positive because I have 3 family members that work at best buy and game stop and they are always getting those shirts from microsoft. I can't remember the reason they get them, but I think it had something to do with how many 360's the store ordered; like I said I'm not sure why they get them but I can guarantee this was just in Xbox fan boy, and that's is fact.
AKR  +   305d ago
I was wondering if anyone had any footage.

Lol @ the guy saying: "I don't want the SpyBox in my house."

Honestly Microsoft, the even if "most of the information of the spying features is kept on the actual XBOX" - as your representative said in the video, the DRM and no-used games, as well as the 24 hour check-in and mandatory Kinect still squashes the value of buying a $500 machine.

Overall - this was a really sad attempt to draw attention to your console. It would have been better to have your own event instead of trying to rain on someone else's parade. But then again, it's not like what you're offering is quality so . . .
MNGamer-N  +   305d ago
This guy just seems more interested in the Nintendo Games than pushing his Xbox agenda.
Moonman  +   305d ago
"as neat as it looks, I don't want the spybox in my house"!!!! hahahaha

Microsoft sinks to new lows. Remember this song xbone owners:

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Theyellowflash30  +   305d ago
This is low of Microsoft, and honestly I think it's going to get more people to buy Wii U's and PS4's if they're resorting to these type of tactics.
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cyhm3112  +   305d ago
microsoft scum
Ares84HU  +   305d ago
I would have asked him why would I want a XBone with DRM, 24hour mandatory online log-in, not being able to play a used game without a fee, huge VHS looking box that's always watching me for $500 when I can get a PS4 for a $100 less without all these restrictions.

I'd love to see their face and hear their answer to that.
Sanquine90  +   305d ago
We from Microsoft recommend you microsoft products... This sounds legit xD Not
Bathyj  +   305d ago
is this for real
Arai  +   305d ago
You tell me: http://www.neogaf.com/forum...

Seems to be happening in some regions, while others report not noticing any such behavior.
Bathyj  +   305d ago
Microsoft are shameless. they're just gonna hold their foot to the pedal till they drive that Car off the cliff
Software_Lover  +   305d ago

But it will blow up on N4g of course. You're guilty until proven innocent.
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wenaldy  +   305d ago
It's real..

edit: and actually, this is old news.


edit 2: ahhh beaten by Arai :)
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Software_Lover  +   305d ago
He wasn't trying to sell them anything. He was watching them play their wii games. They were asking him questions. I wonder how the whole thing initially started? Lets post that video and make our "assumptions" from that.
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Theyellowflash30  +   305d ago
It's real, I had somebody do the same thing to me at my event.
SilentNegotiator  +   305d ago
He's wearing a Microsoft shirt and carrying a backpack (as reps often do. Not entirely sure why). They're clearly in a public setting. Microsoft is starting mini-stores inside BestBuy.

What kind of conversation initialization would convince you that this real? Better yet, wtf kind of initialization would convince you that this is FAKE? The guy wearing a Wii U shirt and putting on a Microsoft shirt right before filming? Let me guess..."ZOMG it's teh N4G trolls faking a video!!"
TheEvilWithin  +   305d ago
WOW! Not even VIDEO FOOTAGE is good enough for some people. I swear denial in xbox fans is way to strong. They act like Microsoft has given them a Golden pony or something with there Xbox 1. Wake up guys this is beyond anything you can come up with in defense for them.
Moonman  +   305d ago
Oh it's real, just sad and not effective as usual. Just like ALL of Microshards PR this year!
MsmackyM  +   305d ago
With N4G being a fairly popular gaming site, the possibility of Microsoft employees trolling the site isn't far fetched.
fuego624  +   304d ago
def not fake i work at the best buy where this happened. it was this past Wednesday in manchester ct. the guy wasnt as bad as ppl make it seem. he was pushing the xbox1 but also is a guy that appreciates Nintendo
GreenRanger  +   305d ago
It gets worse by the day.

Tomorrow there'll be news of Microsoft stopping traffic on highways, telling motorists to buy an Xbox One.
Donnieboi  +   305d ago
Haha I knew it would keep getting worse. U even predicted it, remember? Lol
Roper316  +   305d ago
well MS is opening up stores within Best Buy so I can see MS employees being all over the place within them. I'm tempted to go by my local BB and see if any MS employees are there. I would love to have one try to convince me to buy a XBone, he wouldn't know what hit him with the verbal bashing I would give to both the XBone & MS as a company. That would be fun!
Software_Lover  +   305d ago
Usually people that look for trouble, end up finding it, and it doesn't turn out as they had hoped.
Moonman  +   305d ago
I'll put my bets on Roper316. :)
rageus  +   305d ago
Honestly though, harassing the store employees won't get you anywhere. They're the ones who will have to face any angry customer who bought the console without being properly informed.
rainslacker  +   305d ago
Those guys in the store are just sales reps. It's not really right to give them a hard time over it. They're just glorified sales men and not corporate decision makers. If you can reasonably tell him why you don't want one, and he persists and treats you like an idiot, then fine, but otherwise he's just trying to make a living.
devwan  +   305d ago
Is there an xbone SKU with a blanket pack-in?
esemce  +   305d ago
Dirty dirty Micro$haft.
r21  +   305d ago
Poor guy's just doing his job. He's gonna a mouthful from all the core fans who know bout the restrictions on X1.
rezzah  +   305d ago
I wonder if he feels awkward just standing there talking about Xbox One alone.
Shadow Flare  +   305d ago
That's pretty much what the Xbone fanboys on this site do already
rezzah  +   305d ago
lol, I hardly see any of them around now.
MRMagoo123  +   305d ago
becasue most are sony fans now and the remaining 4 or 5 that still like MS for some reason are going into hiding.
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   305d ago
Poor guy, his picture will be a victim of internet memes soon to come.
akaihana86plus  +   305d ago
oh god, i didn't wanna start talking crap against them, i really tried, but this is just unbelievable!, an act of sad desperation and to be honest, it makes me sick, nasty move from them, totally unprofessional!
KillrateOmega  +   305d ago
This can't be real. The level of desperation and scumbaggery necessary for MS to go THIS far is simply mindboggling.
ZodTheRipper  +   305d ago
You'd be surprised if you'd know more about their tactics. This is just the tip of the iceberg.


The more you research the more you'd think that they invest more money into bashing their competition than into developing their products.
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TOSgamer  +   305d ago
Remember this is the same company that sent out $800 worth of Halo swag bags to Halo 3 reviewers. This should not come as a shock to anyone if true.
KillrateOmega  +   305d ago
True, true.
fuego624  +   304d ago
he was sent specifically because of the event. he came to the best buy i work at in ct and was pushing the xbox1. he was also taking pics
Hicken  +   305d ago
Amazing how some around here deny EVERYTHING, even once there's proof.
hazelamy  +   305d ago
doesn't seem too bad, he doesn't seem to be badgering them or anything like that.
pretty lame sure, but not bad as such.

don't get me wrong, i'm not defending ms or the x1, i think it's a travesty and ms have shown just how out of touch with reality they truly are, but this, this is just, well, lame.
Nodoze  +   305d ago
It will be interesting to see how many people actually buy the xBone. Buying that first game
, playing through it, then wanting to trade it in. Only then will they realize how hard THEY have been boned.

Plus it is a 100 dollar premium to get screwed.

Anyone who buys this thing is seriously lacking in the IQ department.

Oh and don't worry, Titanfall WILL be on PS4. Plus it will look better, play better, and you can trade it to your hearts content.
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MRMagoo123  +   305d ago
titanfall was playing on a pc with far better specs than the xbone so i wouldnt worry about that game much unless you are getting it for pc.
4logpc  +   304d ago
You can trade in Xbox One games...just so you know.
MRMagoo123  +   304d ago
Can you ? since when ? it says on the site itself that trading and renting games wont be available at launch. You cant even lend a game to a friend without having to give it to them lol then you cant use it anymore, then the feature is you can let your family (as long as they have been on your friends list for 30 days) borrow your games ............WOW so you can let someone use a game you bought thats completely different than right now when you can let anyone borrow your games /s
4logpc  +   304d ago
They said they are working on ways to lend your friends games vs gifting. At launch you can gift a friend a game, but not lend. (meaning the license is no longer yours vs keeping the license.)

Trading in games at retailers will be there at launch.

Plus the family plan will be there at launch as well.
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malol  +   305d ago
wow MS hitting a new low !!!!!
Thepcz  +   305d ago
reminds me of the dude in charlie and the chocolate factory who turns up when a kid finds a golden ticket and tries to corrupt them
madpuppy  +   305d ago
Well, we have a new word in the international lexicon "Xboned"

Man, you've been Xboned!

Agreeing to or purchasing something without being able to get a clear answer of what rights you have concerning it's use.
BlaqMagiq24  +   305d ago
Wow Micro$oft sinks to new lows and the Xbox fanboys on here defending them are just as bad.
Munnkyman  +   305d ago
You know its crazy when people you know that are casual gamers(aunts,mom,brother) hate on the xbox one. Its going to be a bad generation for them.
uncharted56  +   305d ago
Cmon guys how is this a low? Does promoting your product means being low. This is genius. Hell, I want Sony to do this and target MS by saying that we can do all this and the competition can't lol.
Ol_G  +   305d ago
Microsoft sunk to a new low .
Funny they're so afraid of Nintendo all of a sudden to go and bash their demo events.
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