What is it about rumours that we love? Well, who doesn’t love a mystery and rumours are like little clues that might help unravel a great truth. However, like in any good mystery, a clue can also end up being misdirection, intentional or not.
So how do we tell if a rumour is worth following or not? It’s a question that is easily answered in the eyes of a console/PC fanatic, you just approve or dismiss based on what is best for your system of choice. Back in the real world, the short answer is, we can’t, however, that’s not to say every rumour should be instantly dismissed because, as we’ve witnessed in the past, a rumour can turn into reality in the blink of an eye.
So, if we have no idea whether or not a rumour is true but it seems plausible can we assume that, like Schrödinger's cat, the rumour is both true and false? (for those not familiar with Schrödinger's cat see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
We see rumours a lot in the video game industry, even more so in the preceding months before a new console generation. They can be positive or negative as well as utterly ridiculous, the latter of which we can safely ignore. The positive rumours tend to see a more favourable reception as apposed to the negative ones, which if you accept that a rumour can be both true and false until proven, seems unreasonable to me.
Let’s take a closer look at a rumour floating around at the moment, the one that says Microsoft will block used games on the next Xbox. It’s obviously quite a negative rumour, one that most gamers are at odds with. You can go through any such related article on N4G and see the following:
- Playstation fanat ics making the assumption that it is most definitely true and over exaggerating the consequences of such an action.
- Xbox fanatics making the assumption that it is most definitely false and playing down the consequences of such an action.
- Neutral (or faux-neutral) people jumping on their soapbox to announce it’s too early to even comment on such things. Side note: This sometimes reads to me like “please press agree and bubble me up”, not always but sometimes, is it just me?
What you rarely see, if ever, is someone who takes into account every possible outcome, which, if the main analogy of this blog rings true, is the only response that seems logical. Reserving your opinion, in the case of those ‘neutral’ parties, is of course acceptable but given that the rumour could of course be true/false there’s no reason for others not to have an opinion of either outcome.
I usually like to sum up my point at this stage but I don’t really have one here, this is just something to think about next time you comment on rumour and speculation. Actual ly I would like to highlight one point, which is that dismissing a rumour flat out is just as illogical as assuming its inevitability or claiming you can’t possibly comment either way. Maybe I’ve thought about this far too much, whatever the case I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoy boggling my noodle over the interpretations of quantum mechanics.