Try our new beta! Click here
Submitted by acheashadow 882d ago | opinion piece

My Sentiments Exactly: The Devil in Green

Charlie Power writes "We were all irked by the atrocious press the Xbox One got, in fact some of their theologies and ideologies were downright outrageous and completely misleading. Now after having apparently had a change of heart in regards to the Xbox One, the devil in green Don Mattrick has jumped ship to the murky waters of the always-online-games-company, Zynga. Don Mattrick, if you weren’t aware, was the Interactive Entertainment Business President behind the Xbox One, and oh boy how he landed another job is beyond me." (Don Mattrick, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

talocaca  +   882d ago
Nothing personal against him....but he always came across as a money seeking executive who doesn't give a damn about gaming.

"Don't have internet? a 360"

Kurylo3d  +   882d ago
Yea i've met a lot of people like this. Its all about the money to them not what there selling. To them its branding and money and assumptions. To them the product can be a floating tird, but they assume it will sell. Then it doesnt sell and they will place the blame on teh technician, artist, or programmer instead of themselves for having a plan that focused on the assumptions it will sell no matter what rather then the product and what the people want.
B-radical  +   882d ago
They need a more gamer friendly person in charge.
Septic  +   882d ago
RiPPn  +   882d ago
People seem to give him a ton of credit for making the Xbox division profitable. However, I would argue that the foundation was already laid out for him, and the installed base was at the right amount that he basically got to ride on his predecessors glory.

I think the company is actually feeling the Mattrick effects now. His focus on media and chasing the Wii user why abandoning the core with very few exclusives in the last 4 years has put a bitter taste in a lot of 360 owners mouths.

Reminds me a lot of a president who gets credit for work the previous one did and unfortunately the following president will be cleaning up this single term presidents mess.
creatchee  +   882d ago
I would say that Ballmer as CEO of the whole company was more of a financial boon for the Xbox division than Mattrick. Ballmer seems to have gotten every part of the ship working better.
mewhy32  +   882d ago
"Don't have internet? a 360." Wow can you believe that he had the gall to say that? LOL. I mean this guy was waaaaaay off course. Now Micro$oft is paying the price for it. Goodbye poopie pants.
Tyre  +   882d ago
You know what the wack part is? Don Mattrick is just fleeing, if the XB1 fails, he will face a shitstorm. Now he doesn't have to face anything and MS can just use him as a scapegoat, he saved Microsoft a whole lot of trouble. Instead of excusing and an honest apology to the gaming community, he bails. Is it to hard to face the consequences? Typical Microsoft, no acknowledgement of their wrong doings, reinforcing their disconnection to the customers. He & MS will die before making an apology to the customers.
#3 (Edited 882d ago ) | Agree(5) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
Gekko36  +   882d ago
Ever heard the phrase "Today's newspapers are tomorrows chip paper"?

Basically all the crazy shite on n4g that fan boys are masturbating over, nobody will care about in 3 months.

So the company goes quite for a few weeks and tweaks the message for xbox one. Both consoles are great and will sell like hotcakes, even in this financial climate.

Personally I went with the original xbox and the xbox 360. I won't buy Sony's PS4, not because of the specs or features or even games. I won't buy it because they are a Japanese company. Korean, no problem but the Japanese and blow me for my money.
Caffo01  +   881d ago
Japanese are the most ethical ppl ever.. you sure don't know what you're talking about.
Tyre  +   881d ago
@Gekko36 Oh the difference now is that the outcry started by us GAMERS/CUSTOMERS (not Sony or Microsoft fanboys or haters or whatever you brainfarts make it out to be) It started because they wanted to steal our freedoms/rights as customers/ordinary people and threatened the whole industry....Can't you get that into you thick skull? The newspapers followed after the initial outcry....not preceded....Besides more is happening at the same time in the world that relates to the loss of these freedom as a civilian. In three months time Kinect will still be mandatory and the NSA/PRISM has been exposed, the damage is done. It's IRREVERSIBLE, wake up like most people is different for the 1st time in history of mankind...all the wrongdoings of our government are out in the open, if you do not have the recognition than your even more blindfolded than i could have imagined. No dude nothing changes this time... There is more at stake than just a simple console...this goes beyond gaming for Us. The outcome stays the same most people will be less interested in the XB1. ps. Stop portaying your low opinion of ordinary people they're smarter than you think. Microsoft makes the same mistakes.
#3.1.2 (Edited 881d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(1) | Report
Gekko36  +   880d ago
Hmmm suggest a little clarification.

1. The Japanese - They on the whole don't buy xbox it's a cultural thing. I in return don't but Japanese, call it balance.

@Caffo01 You are right I've spent a lot of time in Japan and they are lovely people so are the people I've met in the middle east, africa and russian.

2. Newspapers - OK, deep breath, The phrase was to reference that all things blow over, hell even a sub intelligent US president invading Iraq blew over in the end.

3. NSA Paranoia - I'm in Wales (UK not England) so I don't really give a fuck about the NSA. But here's my question, do you really think that ONLY the xbox one camera is going to be used for this if it's true? - REALLY? - most laptops, phones tablets have cameras and access the internet regularly.

@Tyre I seriously think you need some help mate, it's a slippery slope is mental health
Tyre  +   880d ago
@Gekko36 I'm not going to argue with you, because you're just naive. I feel sorry for you. A little bit of paranoia would be healthier for you. You guys can't help it, your breastfed in ignorance. I would also like it to be innocent. Unfortunately the recent leaks have shown that is just wishful thinking. Freedoms and rights are not the same as comfort nor are they self evident. People should remember why we fought the germans and why a modern western democracy should cherish privacy. Do more research, history gives us several warnings. The modern germans have suffered this abuse of oppressive surveillance powers twice: under the Nazis & in the DDR. A liitle more distrust and criticism on so much surveillance by a minority of people would do Democracy no harm and is vital to keep our society in a balance. Too much power WILL corrupt and be abused. History does unfortunately repeat. It is already happening. No bad feelings about your insulting statement. Too easy dude.
#3.2.1 (Edited 880d ago ) | Agree(1) | Disagree(0) | Report
Gekko36  +   879d ago
@Tyre I've just read your reply with great interest.

Taking the XBOX One out of the equation for a moment, you are right in your assertion that governments use snooping and covert surveillance on it's people. If you look at London it has by far the most densely populated surveillance of any city in the world. You can't go anywhere in the city without being tracked and yes tracking of our electronic lives is common place in most first world country law enforcement. Privacy measures in the UK and limited censorship UK the UK is on the rise due to the last labour governments policy introduction during the washout period of parliament (a despicable abuse of power).

A law passed in Wales this week ensure al citizens are viable organ donors unless they opt out (Donor being the joke here)

The USA have some of the most draconian surveillance and abuses of power with the patriot act along with racist and homophobic legislation that rivals those of the middle east. That combined with the use of the death penalty is proof enough that America is slowly reverting to a police state, just like the UK (minus the death penalty and homophobic legislation of course)

But back to the console issue, since this already exists, what options are left? Protest? Vote with your wallet against MS. What's to stop sony doing th same with with the PS eye or adding DRM on it's own terms but passing it off to 3rd parties to do their dirty work.

One thing I've learned is that no company is above reproach, Microsoft and Sony both have histories of dishonourable behaviour. So what to do?

I love gaming, especially console gaming so I'm making a choice. Apples instead of Oranges.

Your thought please as your point of view does interest me...
project_pat36  +   882d ago
any time I see Don Mattrick, I picture this..

yes I know.. my photoshop skills are the shit.
#4 (Edited 882d ago ) | Agree(12) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
Septic  +   882d ago

Don't lie. You did that on MS Paint!
JBSleek  +   882d ago
Talk about scapegoat.
sly-Famous  +   882d ago
Don who?
cleft5  +   882d ago
When you make it to the CEO level like this guy has you just get bounced from one CEO job to the next because people think if you where the CEO of a sector in one company you are surely qualified to run their company. This is kind of one of the reasons you go to school and get a great education.

It's the ultimate job security, even if the person in question is rather stupid. Sad how that works, but thats life. Stay in school kids.
Rhythmattic  +   882d ago
Just watch the doco "Inside Job" and whom ended up working for the US treasury.
#7.2 (Edited 882d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
Smootherkuzz  +   882d ago
Ok now the dust is clearing,but take out the Kinect and sell just the Xbox One by it's self to give the options to add it later if you want it, although it will affect some features if you don't decide to buy it. That will drop the price of the core unit.Xbox 360 had this option plus bundles. Having the Kinect included in a bundle will save a few bucks ver purchasing alone items.There's still questions that need to addressed on how the system will work,like is Skype included or will you have to option not download it if you decide don't you want it and do you really have to use Cloud or can you just pop in a disc play it without using cloud and just use the 500g drive like the current Xbox 360?
S2Killinit  +   882d ago
Problem with Microsoft is that the top dogs of this company are not coming up the ranks in the gaming industry. They are hand picked from other industries and placed on top of the food chain in the xbox division. They might be good at making money for Microsoft, but they sure don't give a damn about gaming. This has the unwanted effect for MS that from time to time their comments demonstrate their lack of knowledge about gaming and gamers. How we allowed these guys to hijack gaming is beyond me, but I guess I already know the answer. Microsoft has deep pockets, and they pretty much bullied their way into gaming. As for me, I've lost all trust in this company. I have owned every single system of ever generation, but this generation I'm going to have to skip xbox one.
#9 (Edited 882d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
stuntman_mike  +   882d ago
Enter the Mattrick's, and now he's gone. He even seemed like a rat running out of a sinking ship after that interview with geoff keighly.

Hope they get someone with a bit more charisma.
Rhythmattic  +   882d ago
From the Article.

"The first generation of Xbox 360s were less than stellar with overheating issues, noisy fans, low hard drive capacity and a high price tag. The Playstation 3 almost identical issues"

Almost Identical issues?
#11 (Edited 882d ago ) | Agree(2) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
New stories

Mario Kart Series Evolution

26m ago - The Mario Kart series is one of the most iconic video game series on Nintendo platforms. It start... | Nintendo DS

Top 5 Liberating Video Game Heroes

27m ago - Some video games have players aimlessly wandering around looking for quests, shooting anything th... | Culture

See what games are coming out in 2016

Now - Visit our release calendar to see what games are coming out in 2016. | Promoted post

Just Cause 3 review | EGM

47m ago - Just Cause 3 lives up to the series’ standard of high quality explosiveness by exhibiting just ho... | PC

Just Cause 3 Review | XBA

47m ago - Predictably enjoyable, Just Cause 3 is as big and ballsy as its forebear, but doesn't push the en... | Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 review | GamesRadar

47m ago - A chaotic action romp, tragically let down by repetition and padding. There's fun to be had, but... | PC