"The Buck Stopped With Mattrick" Analysts Weigh In On The Strange Timing Of Don Mattrick's Departure

The rumor that spread like wildfire was quickly confirmed today, as social games company Zynga happily announced Don Mattrick as its new CEO. The news comes not long after Microsoft made a complete reversal on its restrictive Xbox One policies, causing some industry analysts to scratch their heads.

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VanguardOfCalamity1995d ago

I'm not exactly on the XBox 1 band wagon atm... but if they try and blame all the recent "foot to mouth" moments on a single person... that would be misguided

georgeenoob1995d ago (Edited 1995d ago )

"The foot to mouth" will never cease. These fanboys will always find the smallest problem and turn it into something it isn't. They showed the games, and they reversed drm, yet MS is still getting heat for something so stupid like a "forced" kinect?

And for Christ sake, why are we all acting like kinect 2.0 is just some sh*tty extra piece of hardware that's just going to sit there and stare at you? Yea, let's go ahead and ignore all of its capabilities and focus on the one negative feature it has which is staring at you despite kinect is an inanimate object.

dedicatedtogamers1995d ago

" let's go ahead and ignore all of its capabilities"

You're honestly not aware that many of the same capabilities and promised features were also made for the first Kinect? It's not that the capabilities are bad. The issue is that Microsoft has yet to prove the Kinect is worth a dang three years after it launched, and that's a long time.

georgeenoob1995d ago (Edited 1995d ago )

You shouldn't base your judgement off the first kinect.

Don't you think the reason the first kinect didn't live up to expectations was cause MS decided to focus on the second kinect instead?

Besides, unlike the first kinect it's bundled with every console giving it a more promising focus.

ShinMaster1995d ago (Edited 1995d ago )

It's still $100 more expensive for weaker hardware and a more expensive subscription service.

Doesn't matter the capabilities of Kinect when the games aren't any more immersive than EyeToy games. You're still highly limited by your own body's movement.

Baka-akaB1995d ago (Edited 1995d ago )

"You shouldn't base your judgement off the first kinect.

Don't you think the reason the first kinect didn't live up to expectations was cause MS decided to focus on the second kinect instead? "

Why ? isnt lying big time once enough already for him ?

And if your reasoning was true , it's even worse . he has to look forward to further broken promises to be filled on some 3rd version of kinect , alongside new other promises .

jmc88881995d ago

Because it is a piece of hardware that's going to stare at you, collect your info, and exploit you based on that info.

It's all part of M$'s plan.

I bet they even have projections on how much money they'll make by selling your data. Data thousands of corporations want in order to screw you to their advantage.

Then with the factual knowledge that M$ has been selling your privacy down the river for DECADES, hint before 9/11, and all the expansions since...people still doubt it?

Then you realize that even the NSA has it's computers owned by private corporations and you ask...who is watching the watchers....who are illegally watching us to begin with.

How many PC's have been affected by Microsoft telling the gov't about exploits so THEY could exploit it? Then on the back end a few months or years later they put those in their updates and literally try to scare you into updating. Think about that for a minute. It's SCARY important when they release the patch, but for all the time before it it's just fine for the gov't and anyone else that figured it out to exploit it for who knows how long.

They've had backdoors for the gov't in Windows software since Windows 95.

They readily give your web and email data over to the gov't.

But they say trust us, and millions of people don't stop to think about how much havoc someone with all this data can create, nor do they realize how easily it is that nefarious people can get a hold of it.

Snowden has proven that they didn't need a court order. In fact the overarching goal of the original Total Information Awareness was to intercept and record EVERY piece of electronic communication. All they did was change the name but the game was the same.

People just don't think. They don't understand that Insurance companies could charge people in total billions more a year from Kinect2 data.

This is just one example.

People are TRYING to figure out more because there's money to make in doing so.

Hell I bet you didn't even know that anti-virus companies and others will sell some of these 0-day exploit data to companies (think corporate espionage) or to other gov'ts.

Imagine that. If someone in the NSA chain sells a 0-day exploit to some country that could be used against's OK. But if Snowden tells people what is going on, he's a traitor?


Mattrick is just one part of the rot inside Microsoft. He fell on the sword. Might of got a nice golden parachute to do so.

Microsoft seems to have a corporate culture gone wild, filling it with psychos who have lost all touch with reality. But their leaders created that culture, because that's who THEY are. They've created their own corporate whacko groupthink.

Xbox One is a product of that. Windows 8 is a product of that. All their misplaced priorities have dragged them and their products down.

It doesn't help when they are outright lying to the public. That 'built-in drm' wasn't so built in...was it. The PC's running Xbox One games at E3...didn't have a Kinect2.

The problem with making crap up is that eventually that made up crap hits the reality fan and creates a mess everywhere.

Congratulations M$

badkolo1995d ago (Edited 1995d ago )

so did sony they promised so much crap wioth the dildo wand and the camera, guess what, no one uses it, so lets not focus on ms cause sony pulled the same crap, remember rumble is old gen and we got the motion on ps3 that was used onmce, sony is just as bad as ms, its the fanboys that forgive sony for all the misteps they do, but ms makes a booboo and they all cry. grow up , JMC you sound like a broken record, do you actually think kinect 2 will come out with x12 and not work as promised, foolish child

RyuCloudStrife1995d ago

I'm gonna purchase a PS4 if I want the camera I can purchase it aside if I want. Thanks to the camera not being bundled the PS4 is CHEAPER.

If a person wants kinect they can buy it separately instead of being forced to have it this is just to spy on you, plain truth.

Motion gaming should not be pushed down gamers throats.

kenshiro1001994d ago

Uh...Microsoft brought the negativity upon themselves. I know you want to wave your little pom poms around for Microsoft but they messed up.

jrbeerman111994d ago

@ georgeenoob

you shouldnt judge kinect based on kinect?
The first one sucked because of the second one?

now i know your trolling

AngryTypingGuy1994d ago

No one is perfect. While the DRM thing proved to be awful for the PR of Xbox One, Mattrick has been great as a whole for the Xbox brand. And to his credit, he reversed the policies before he left, even though he probably didn't have to.

I know many people have a certain allegiance to one of the two companies, but it's in our best interest for both to remain strong competitors to each other. Without the competition, the PS4 would be $500, Xbox One would have DRM, and neither PS Plus or Xbox Live would give away any free games.

mewhy321994d ago

This sounds awfully similar to what was promised with Kinect 1.0 and we all know how that has turned out....crap...comes to mind. This guy has gone to Zynga because he didn't have a choice. He screwed up the xbox brand so badly that it'll take years to recover. Now they're stuck with having to bundle the spy camera with the xbone which jacks the price up to 100.00 more than the more powerful yet less expensive PS4. I mean really. First you create a less powerful machine, then through in DRM, and require that you have a spy camera attached to it??????? What the "H" was this moron thinking? Of course he's gone.

nypifisel1994d ago

I wonder how well you did at school? In Sweden anyway we get to learn critical thinking, and if you apply this on the Xbox One it really is just terrible, a scientist would never trust such bad results. Don't forgive and forget, that's what they count on, they showed us all how they like to do business.

Xbox One just doesn't give you any great value, that's the conclusion I would come to as an informed consumer that makes educated decisions.

loulou1994d ago (Edited 1994d ago )

yeah because everyone is interested in your pathetic insignificant lives

i can see clearly why kinect is there

isa_scout1994d ago

Why not ignore it's so called capabilities? Microsoft ignored Kinect 1.0 on the 360, and only brought out a bunch of shovelware titles...Why would anyone want to spend money on something like a Kinect 2.0 when the first one failed to deliver any game changing experiences? I know, there use to be one collecting dust under my entertainment center until I sold it 3 months ago. Motion gaming is the single dumbest thing to come out of this industry in a long long time.The Oculus Rift withstanding of course because that thing looks crazy cool, but even with that it will all come down to one thing,support, show me the titles that I absolutely have to play with a kinect.Make the games so damn good that I'll wonder why I ever doubted the kinect, and then I'll reconsider.

showtimefolks1994d ago


its gonna be shitty kinect crappy games take that to the bank. why is MS forcing kinect 2 in each box when i have zero interest in it no matter what

you might like playing just dance but i don't, its called giving consumers options. Maybe some of you xbox fans know nothing about options since MS doesn't believe in offering options to its consumers

it was our bitching that made ms reverse its decision, but its because of people like you they thought they could get away with it to begin with

no developer or publishers will ever make a AAA kinect game none whatsoever. its for exercise,dance and family games and if you into that more power to you but why should i pay $100 extra when i know i will never use the device?

also just look at indie support for ps4 and than look at xbox one and that should tell you all you need to know, one company is doing/saying all the right things while the other says the wrong thing than will reverse and say something else

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Dunpeal1995d ago

granted this guy might have good business acumen, but who puts this guy as the "face" of anything??

he looks like a goof in every pic plastered all over the web lol

BABY-JEDI1995d ago

He looks like an escape goat

solar1995d ago

this happens all the time, in any industry.

PSjesus1995d ago

Definitely not good timing for the one's future sake especially the new strategy isn't just an update they will change the whole system's software and security and the patch well be multigigas big.....even Sony fired Phil Harrison after a year and half

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finbars751994d ago

You know what drives me crazy about the whole Don mattricks PR nightmare is the fact that if he didnt say anything about the xboxone information then guess what all you xbox fanboys would be in for a rude awakening come launch time.Think about it he really just did you guys a favor even if it was bad on his part.I gurantee that the xboxone would still have drm in it,you would have to have internet connection to play sp games ect.You honestly thing they would have dropped all those things from the xboxone if nothing was thankful this happened because im sure guys like Steve Ballmer wouldnt had said anything and this discussion wouldnt be taken place and there would be an outrage down the road which would be a little to late for changes that close to launch.MS are showing gamers there true colors now and im sure something will take place before release that will be frowned upon by the time xboxone is available.

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GusBricker1995d ago

Enjoy Frontierville!

BTW, my mom hates you now, the game stole her horseshoes!

B-radical1995d ago (Edited 1995d ago )

Lol my mum plays that crap to i remember she got angry because they were ending one of her fave zynga games lol

As far as im concerned xbox has got better he alone had the power to put his foot down against always online yet he didnt till it was to late

Soldierone1995d ago

He left to be a CEO. With Ballmer pretending the company is struggling due to everyone but himself, why not leave where you are secure for a bit?

Zynga is going down the drain, so not the brightest of choice. However he will get to milk the position for a few million dollars for a year or two before Zynga completely goes belly up. Even EA has no interest in Zynga. lol

Shellcase1995d ago

Yesssssssss he's gone...

Kantankoras1995d ago

Maybe Microsoft is doing what they did with Nokia - inserting a puppet CEO to reign in their connections and developers and making them go to work with MS.

Zynga could be the lead developers on Xbox One's exclusive in-house free games, like RareWare was doing with 1 vs 100 and those other products on 360.

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