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Am I Afraid of Xbox One? No. But I'm Afraid of You.

dedicatedtogamers | 418d ago
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I apologize for the length, readers, and I apologize if this comes off as pretentious, but I feel this needs to be said...

The cat is out of the bag. We now know the full spectrum of the Xbox One's restrictions. As I scan the comment sections of various sites, there is an overwhelming amount of disappointment and frustration. Yet, tucked among these comments are the inevitable contrarians. Seemingly oblivious to the keyboard riot occurring around them, these people say things like “It doesn't bother me” and “I have 24/7 internet” and “I buy digital anyway. Who cares?” and “I don't buy used games” and “I'm not bothered by a camera that's hooked up all the time. It's cool technology”.

I am afraid of people like you.

Setting aside the fact that there really are astroturfers, shills, and reputation managers assaulting the internet right now (proven by several articles, several sources, and common sense), I am afraid that there really are people out there like you.

You have 24/7 internet? Good for you. I am a 14-year-old kid from Rovaniemi, Finland. My town is just a few miles south of the Arctic Circle. Fun fact: Rovaniemi is famous for having the world's northern-most McDonald's. But my town is also a place where what little internet I have available is often knocked out of commission for days at a time by seasonal changes in weather. It's not a matter of money. I have a good job. It's just that my internet infrastructure isn't nearly as good as yours, so I will not be able to play Xbox One with you. I am a 20-year-old college student in Caracas, Venezuela, who doesn't have very much spare cash to spend on games, and so I won't be able to afford your system because I cannot afford internet, games, and (likely) Xbox Live Gold all at the same time. I am a single mom in Iowa. I am a family in China. I am a traveling businessman. I lived in Syria last November when the government took down my country's internet. I am a resident of a Hurricane zone whose power is rarely out for more than a few hours but whose internet can be knocked out for days at a time. I will not be able to play Xbox One, and you are okay with that, it seems.

I am a man in America. Me and 35% of other men are unemployed in this country, according to the Department of Labor. I am trying to make ends meet. I am divorced, and I have to pay alimony and child support. Life is difficult, but I cannot play the same games as you because money is very tight. I just want to come home after yet another long day of looking for work (surprise, I didn't find any...again) and play a videogame to cheer me up a bit. On Xbox One, I can't, because this month I had to cancel internet, so my library of games will no longer work. You remember me, right? I have an old Xbox 360 that I pray does not break. You and I played Forza together, year after year. I even gave your car a custom paint job that I made, and we voice-chatted online during our races. Sadly, I won't be able to play Forza on the new Xbox One. And yet, you are okay with that, it seems. #dealwithit, right?

I am afraid of you.

You don't buy used games? You only buy digital? Good for you. I am one of millions of Americans who lives in a household making $30,000 a year or less (53% of working Americans make this amount or less, according to the Social Security Administration). I am Microsoft's target audience, apparently, and yet I am one of 47+ million people who relies on government assistance for food stamps each month. I am one of 20+ million Americans (according to a recent Harvard University study) who spends half or more of my income on housing – housing alone – not to mention all of my other bills, not to mention games, not to mention the internet required to play those games, not to mention the Xbox Live Gold fee to play those games online. I rely on Gamefly and Redbox and local rental stores to play a lot of my new games (I eventually buy the ones I really like) because I'm trying to be a gamer, just like you. I'm trying to enjoy my hobby, just like you, but this is all I can afford. Sadly, Microsoft has said renting will not be supported at launch, but they're “working on a solution with our partners”. Great. That makes me feel so much better. And yet, you don't care, it seems. You're not worried if I'll be able to enjoy gaming, it seems.

I am that family in Gamestop who buys the cheapest games because that is all we can afford. Now, I am uncertain if I will even be able to buy used games the same way I used to. I am a proud father on Christmas morning. It is snowy and icy where I live during Christmas time, and this year was especially bad, so internet is spotty. The Xbox One I bought my son will not work for two days, not until Comcast can get into my area and fix it. Ho ho ho and Merry Christmas and all that. I am the naïve mother who bought an Xbox One, unaware that internet is required to use it. I am a 19-year-old kid who just bought Halo 5, the biggest game of the year. I am pissed off because the Xbox One servers are clogged and I keep getting kicked off Xbox Live. A day goes by and now I can't play my most-anticipated game. But that's not a big deal, is it? It doesn't bother you, does it?

I am a Gamestop employee. Yeah, I know. You hate my store, but I'm just trying to make a living (since I am almost certainly one of the above-described persons who makes $30,000 or less a year). My job is now going to be a living hell. I am going to have to deal with keeping our Xbox One demo station connected to the internet. I am going to have to learn a brand-new game trading system to accommodate whatever labyrinthine method Microsoft has developed for the sale of used Xbox One games. Worst of all, I am going to be yelled and screamed at each day, every day that I come in to work. Because of Microsoft's restrictions, my customers (some of which may even be my friends or people I play with on Xbox Live) are going to be angry, and many of them are going to blame me. Irate mothers and enraged bro-dudes are going to storm into my store, making demands of me for something that was not my fault nor my decision. I am going to be stuck, because my store manager (and his boss, and his boss' boss) have made a policy where I can't give a full refund for a new game unless it is defective. Because the game is not – technically – defective, I can't do it. Hell, maybe I should do it anyway. It might get me fired, but at least it will get this irate soccer-mom out of my face. But because this isn't your job, it doesn't bother you, does it?

You never rent or borrow games? Good for you. I am your college friend down the hall in the dorm. Yeah, I'm a pain in your butt sometimes because I borrow your games, but I always give them back and I take good care of them. What you don't know is that I'm drowning in student debt and I'm not sure if I'll be able to afford all of my classes next semester. I have no money for food, let alone games, let alone the internet to play those games, let alone the Xbox Live Gold account required to play those games online. I can't borrow your games any more. Why don't you want me to be a gamer, bro?

The Kinect camera doesn't bother you? Good for you. I am a kid in Germany, or Australia, or who knows how many other non-American countries that will restrict this on ethical grounds. My government has already made statements implying that our country will not allow such a thing due to privacy concerns and concerns over game ownership, and if Microsoft does not alter the way Xbox One works, I may not even have the opportunity to own an Xbox One. But that doesn't bother you, does it?

I am your fellow gamer. You and I played Call of Duty together last week. You and I did the entire Halo: Reach campaign together. I showed you that sick photo of my wall: shelves and shelves of games from the NES all the way up to the 360. I'm a collector. I love games just as much as you, but I'll be passing on Xbox One. I have 24/7 internet. I have plenty of money. I've been a Live Gold member since the original Xbox. But I'm skipping on the Xbox One, because I'm not really going to own the games I buy, am I? I love Xbox. I love the games on Xbox, but I'm not willing to buy games for Xbox One because I don't know if I'll be able to still play them in 10 years. But that doesn't matter to you, does it?

I am afraid of you.

Everyone has preferences. Everyone has their own opinions about the Xbox One reveal, but when you say “this doesn't affect me”, it hurts, because it DOES affect ME! I live on food stamps. I live in a country without reliable internet. I am a collector. I serve in the military. I am the person who it affects.

And I am a gamer just like you. I know you're excited for E3. Believe me, Microsoft is going to rock it at E3. Anyone saying they're going to bomb is kidding themselves. Microsoft will make sure that they have plenty of “megaton” announcements, or at least, they'll give the illusion that they do. I'm not saying they will “win” E3, but they will certainly do their best to divert your attention away from the Xbox One's restrictive policies with “ooooh! Shiny! Oooh! Usher! New Halo! New Gears!”

But for just a moment, instead of selling your freedoms for some new toys, will you please remember me, the gamer who will not be able to follow you into Huxley's brave new world of videogaming? While you may be willing to give away your consumer freedoms for Microsoft's vision of the future, please remember that you're also giving away my chance to participate in that future, and that really stings.

I am not afraid of Xbox One. It's just a box, and people don't have to buy it. I am afraid of you, because you are gleefully funding a future that has no place for gamers like me. And while doing that, you are saying “it doesn't affect me”.

Faztkiller  +   418d ago
Good read man, should open some peoples eyes.
MikeMyers  +   418d ago
Now just imagine if someone put this much effort into something that actually mattered. The gaming forums are often viewed as self-entitled poor folks who complain about everything running around with the confidence of a Afghanistan house wife.

The author of this article said just a few days ago that the Xbox One won't even allow used games. The credibility of these so called "great author's" is questionable at best.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out those who bashed the Xbox 360 the most last generation would increase their presence on game forums.

You know what it sounds like? It sounds like that kid who got banned from Xbox Live and tried to show an edited video on YouTube arguing with a moderator trying to make it like the mod was the problem, not him. Going off the deep end. Some even go as far as hacking MS accounts because they don't want to be accountable for their own actions.

What we have is a clash of those who grew up pampered by parents who never knew or refused to discipline their children. So what we have now are grown adults still acting like children. Thinking everyone owes them something. Mix that with the ability for anyone to write a blog on any forum because now everyone has a voice. Any anonymous person can say whatever they like hoping other lonely socially inept people think the way they do.

There's a stigma on N4G and that is a pollution of fanboys who seem to enjoy making a career out of trolling. From an outsider who never visited this place it would seem that is indeed the case.

The bottom line is this, if you don't want to support the Xbox One vote with your wallets. The consumer has that power. Instead what has happened is this vocal minority, which is what this is, have had to amp up their existence by screaming louder. Trouble is it still comes across what I said in my opening paragraph and they know deep down that it's a un-winnable battle. Billions are spent each year now on digital goods that already strip away your so called rights. Millions of people buy games like Fez, Journey and Diablo III. People will always pay for what they want to pay for. It could be a 0.99 cent ios game, or a $15 Xbox Live game or a $60 Steam game. Most consumers don't seem to care about these loss of freedoms. They want convenience and they want to have entertaining experiences. People won't ignore GTA V if it could only be bought digitally. Call of Duty is played online mostly, it is the best selling game on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Yet you want to fear-monger and tell people this won't sell? That not everyone has a connection? Good luck.
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The_Klank  +   418d ago
Wth are you talking about? How about picking some of the points he raises in the blog instead of going off on one about N4G. If you can't even do that then you are part of your very own problem.

And the people that are upset with all this next gen stuff may be the minority but they are a very vocal minority.
Toon_Link  +   418d ago
You say vote with your dollars but you wrote in one reply almost as much as the blogger, if you don't want to hear people's opinions JUST DON'T READ! And keep your two cents to yourself.

And lol at just imagine if someone put this much effort into something that matters. Look in the mirror.
MikeMyers  +   418d ago
"How about picking some of the points he raises in the blog instead of going off on one about N4G. If you can't even do that then you are part of your very own problem."

Why? Not everyone has access to cell service either, should i write about that too? I care only about my experience. Call me shallow. None of his examples have any impact on me. But to please you sure, let's take a look at a few shall we?

"The Kinect camera doesn't bother you? Good for you. I am a kid in Germany, or Australia, or who knows how many other non-American countries that will restrict this on ethical grounds. My government has already made statements implying that our country will not allow such a thing due to privacy concerns and concerns over game ownership, and if Microsoft does not alter the way Xbox One works, I may not even have the opportunity to own an Xbox One. But that doesn't bother you, does it?"

They already did. They are giving you options to turn it off, even the ability to recognize Xbox On which is the key word it is looking for. That too can be turned off. Still some won't be satisfied because the government is out to get them. Some people are just way too paranoid and sensitive.

"I am a Gamestop employee."

Then join a Frisbee club if you can't afford this hobby. I can't afford a membership at Pebbble Beach either, should i write a blog about that too?

People will just come up with example after example even if it doesn't apply to them. Why? If you don't have a internet connection you won't be able to play. Sorry, next. Should I write to Netflix and tell them that too? Should MS have apologized back in 2002 that they were going broadband only when most were on dial-up? This is Microsoft's vision, nobody is forcing you to be part of that vision. Juts like nobody is forcing you to buy a cellphone.

This same person said earlier that the system won't even allow used games yet you want me to address his concerns? lol

@Toon_Link

"And lol at just imagine if someone put this much effort into something that matters."

But I'm doing it out of amusement. I find it entertaining seeing people going off the deep end over videogames. Plus this took me a whole 2 minutes to write.
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The_Klank  +   418d ago
The only reason I wanted you to '... you want me to address his concerns? lol ' Is because you took the time to comment on his blog in the 1st place. Lets put it this way, if you are so uninterested in this discussion why don't you just take your own advice and sthu.
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DragonKnight  +   418d ago | Well said
MikeMyers 1: Let's see here. Paragraph 1: Lame, irrelevant, and off topic.

"Paragraph" 2: Dwelling in the Past in a futile attempt to destroy credibility signalling a complete lack of any pertinent or relevant argument. And, off topic.

"Paragraph" 3: Xbox fanboy logic and conspiracy theory. And, off topic.

Paragraph 4: Irrelevant and lame comparison, continued dwelling in the Past. And, off topic.

Paragraph 5: Superiority complex that is undeserved, assumptions, insults, a lack of knowledge of the situation, and off topic.

"Paragraph" 6: More conspiracy theories, and an inaccurate analysis. Also, off topic.

Final Paragraph: Finally on topic, yet corporate shilling and defense.

Overall: An off topic rant designed to insult anyone who enjoys having rights, freedom of choice, and all of those other pesky concepts that have existed for generations. A corporate apologist speech designed to validate a certain choice that the commenter hates seeing is so hated by his peers and so the commenter bombards the blog with hate and smugness in a futile attempt to sound bright, but really just whining that people aren't enjoying the corporate apologizing and defense of anti-consumerism.

Recommendation? Bubble down vote for Off Topic or Immature.
DragonKnight  +   418d ago
MikeMyers 2: "Why? Not everyone has access to cell service either, should i write about that too? I care only about my experience. Call me shallow. None of his examples have any impact on me. But to please you sure, let's take a look at a few shall we?"

Hmm, maybe because you bothered to respond to the blog in the first place? If you didn't care to address the points, why bother commenting? Oh right, to troll.

"They already did. They are giving you options to turn it off, even the ability to recognize Xbox On which is the key word it is looking for. That too can be turned off. Still some won't be satisfied because the government is out to get them. Some people are just way too paranoid and sensitive."

Question: Disregarding your blind trust in this, what is the explanation for allowing all of this (and actually you can't completely turn the Kinect off, merely pause it which puts it into listen mode) to be and yet still make it mandatory for the Kinect to be connected at ALL times hmmm? How naive you are.

"Then join a Frisbee club if you can't afford this hobby. I can't afford a membership at Pebbble Beach either, should i write a blog about that too?"

Hello Adam Orth. I see your smug arrogance and penchant for insulting people hasn't waned since your termination from Microsoft.

"People will just come up with example after example even if it doesn't apply to them. Why? If you don't have a internet connection you won't be able to play. Sorry, next. Should I write to Netflix and tell them that too? Should MS have apologized back in 2002 that they were going broadband only when most were on dial-up? This is Microsoft's vision, nobody is forcing you to be part of that vision. Juts like nobody is forcing you to buy a cellphone."

Yay, false equivalences. Gotta love them. Here's the thing sparky. Netflix was always built on needing an online connection. It began its life that way and no one expected any differently. The Xbox brand? Yeah that was a video game console brand. You know, those boxes you use to play video games? Something everyone could do? Oh, but I guess it doesn't matter now that there will be people who can't play because of the network connection right? Screw them. They aren't contributing anything so they don't deserve anything right? Yeah, I wonder if I can arrange a trip for you to tell the soldiers that?

"This same person said earlier that the system won't even allow used games yet you want me to address his concerns? lol"

We are in the Present Mike, as in the NOW. What is so hard for you to grasp about that?

"But I'm doing it out of amusement. I find it entertaining seeing people going off the deep end over videogames. Plus this took me a whole 2 minutes to write."

Translation: I'm trolling.

Recommendation? Bubble down for trolling since it was just admitted.
mydyingparadiselost  +   418d ago
Seems like your the kind of person this article is talking about and I completely agree with the authors aspect and label you as a "consumer" because that's what you are.
I'm a customer that will take my money elsewhere where I can do what I want with the license I buy to play the games I pay for and loan them out or sell them, or even not buy them and rent or buy used if it's been out for years and can't find a new copy. Your a consumer that buys just to satisfy your own petty wants regardless of how it affects others.
I'm a customer whose money can easily be spent on a different hobby that's far less intrusive or customer friendly. Your a consumer that buys out of habit or having too much money to do anything else with.
I'm a customer who sees privacy as a concern in my household not because of what it is when it starts but because of the standard it can become and the continued invasion that it will allow over time. Your a consumer without a care in the world other than your own, incapable of the empathy required to look at the other side and see the cons with the pros if there are any pros at all.
If the world were set up in a way that made these kinds of business practices ok or less detrimental to customers I would at least partially agree with you but it's not and won't be if the consumers keep mindlessly consuming. I'm not afraid of you, I pity your misguided worldview and what it does to all those other people you could give less of a shit about. The only one throwing a fit and acting like a selfish child is yourself so stop projecting your BS and go sit in a corner and think about what you've done
s45gr32  +   418d ago
Aaaaaarghhhh!!!! Always with speak with your wallet. Well that's easy for those that are informed of Microsoft xbox one restrictions. Well what about those that are uninformed; that's exactly why blogs and YouTube videos are done to spread the word in regards to issues like this. I mean game journalism is terrible plus very uninformative, besides I completely understand that the gaming industry is a business. I do want to point out that from 1995-2005 console gamers received free unlockables, map editors, skins, characters, levels, etc. for freeee. The problem were are the choices for console gamers.
Choices are critical and it's what makes or breaks a company. Is like the cell phone business were $50.00 plans that give unlimited data, calls, and text is a hit among consumers. Guess what boost mobile is owned by Sprint, Metro PCS is owned by T-mobile. What does it mean it means that Sprint and T-mobile are giving an affordable option thus making more money+profit because of it. Is Valve not a business why yes it is; yet, it's service is free huge discounts on mainstream or indie titles. My point is that as customers we have rights we have the right to not buy their product or services we have the first sale rights when it comes to physical media (Google it), we have freedom of speech at least on America, the right to inform people when corporations try to abuse and manipulate consumers.
NeverEnding1989  +   417d ago
Well said Mike, bubble up,

@dedicated, it's getting old man!

Your first X1 hating blog 5 minutes after the reveal was one thing, but your consistent tirades are becoming...tiresome.

I like that you're passionate but it might be time to find another topic, because like me, most people here DID NOT read and simply scrolled to the bottom.
Crazyglues  +   417d ago
@ Faztkiller

Good Read Indeed, but sadly -Blind people can't see...

So opening their eyes won't help..

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Ducky  +   418d ago
Why is it someone else's responsibility to look out for your future?

Gaming is a hobby. I'm not trying to be altruistic when I purchase a console or a game.

I am going to base my purchase based on what benefits me the most. I don't care about a gamestop employee just as much as I don't care about a microsoft employee.
That's how a market works.
Companies and consumers both act out of self-interest.

If the market decides that Xbone is successful, then that's the future.
If it fails, then the future is something else.

Currently, it would appear unlikely Xbone would be successful considering the negativity its getting.
Make your voice heard if you're against it.
... but if you're afraid of people that don't put your interests first, then you must be living a sheltered life.
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DragonKnight  +   418d ago
"Why is it someone else's responsibility to look out for your future?"

Are you frickin' serious with that comment? Honest to god, are you actually serious with that comment? Wow.

"Gaming is a hobby. I'm not trying to be altruistic when I purchase a console or a game."

Incredible short-sightedness. Just amazing.

"I am going to base my purchase based on what benefits me the most. I don't care about a gamestop employee just as much as I don't care about a microsoft employee. That's how a market works."

Ironically, your attitude is what lead to this mess to begin with. Publishers and developers used your apathy to their financial woes to justify the necessity of these new draconian measures. Thanks for contributing to ruining the hobby.

"If the market decides that Xbone is successful, then that's the future. If it fails, then the future is something else."

You must be young.

"... but if you're afraid of people that don't put your interests first, then you must be living a sheltered life."

Wow did you ever miss the mark. Bravo.
Ducky  +   418d ago
Thanks for the constructive criticism and rebuttal.
DragonKnight  +   418d ago
@Ducky: Yep, no problem.
MikeMyers  +   418d ago
Don't worry Ducky, you'll get a lot of that attitude here. On one point they cry wolf saying they should have the right to voice their opinion against the Xbox One but the second you say you don't mind the system or are looking forward to it you get called a shill, a MS employee and other immature comments. So much for democracy. They want the freedom to express themselves but the minute you go against their views watch out, democracy goes out the window.

Gaming is a hobby but a few of them have taken it to the extreme. You often wonder if they even have time to game anymore and have instead committed themselves to be advocates instead?

That's the thing, if the Xbox One sells then obviously there is a market for it. Just like there's a market for Steam to sell games on and Apple to sell games on their systems. Onlive came and it seems to have failed, same with the PSP Go that tried to be digital only. The market will adapt either way. I'm not about to let someone push me around. If I want to buy the PS4 I will. You think I care what people I don;t even know personally say? Same thing if I want to buy a Wii U or a Xbox one or Steam games. They don't like it too bad. That's the power of having the resources to fund a hobby, you can make your own decisions. I will spend what I can afford and if it means I can only buy 10 new games a year that's fine.

I will enjoy what I want to enjoy. Forza is one of my favorite games, so is Gran Turimso. I love racing games like those. I'm not going to waste my time here while I could be playing them. I will continue to support the games I enjoy, regardless of which system they are on.
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X  +   418d ago
"Why is it someone else's responsibility to look out for your future? "

Because in the the future, one of their situations can very well become one of yours.
Ducky  +   417d ago
If I am in that situation, I'll deal with my own problems accordingly.

I wouldn't expect other people to change their own spending habits and inconvenience themselves just as a sign of protest for me.
If they do, that's a nice gesture, and if they don't, I wouldn't blame them let alone be afraid of them.
s45gr32  +   418d ago
"Why is it someone else's responsibility to look out for your future?"

Basically what one group of people do or accept the corporations rules and regulations affects the competition. Is like online passes or DlC we as gamers accepted and say it was okay to have them. Now there is no more free unlockables (free skins in WWE games, Resident evil 3 nemesis getting the boutique key and play Jill Valentine dress up, tekken able to unlock hidden characters, need for speed able to unlock cars). We gladly pay for map packs now map editors for consoles are a rarity. Before, there were tons of map editors like in tony hawk pro skater, MTV snowboarding, unreal tournament 2, timesplitters, etc.......

" Gaming is a hobby. I'm not trying to be altruistic when I purchase a console or a game"

Yes gaming is a hobby but these companies are asking too much specially if you are console gamer. Pay $60.00 plus tax for the game, $10.00 for the online pass, $50.00 for season pass ( the entire dlc for a year), $15.00 for map packs, $5.00-$20.00 for dlc. Notice that I didn't mention free unlockables, mini games (fishing, card based, racing, etc.), and map editors. That's due it was taken away except for map editors ( extremely rare nowadays). Will it destroy the console gaming industry if gamers were to unlock levels, skins, characters, so on and on via achievements or trophies. The answer is no due to is optional just like map editors it will not deprived or keep gamers from buying map packs. Giving console gamers choices is key to keep customers loyal to the corporation.
jessupj  +   418d ago
And this selfish attitude is why the world is such a horrible place and why publishers are going to be able to bend us over.
rainslacker  +   417d ago
The point dedicated was trying to make in the blog was that if it doesn't effect you, then why disparage on those or discredit their opinions/reasons just because of that.

There are many people who say "it doesn't effect me" and then list their reasons why it doesn't effect them. In this case, that's fine, you're entitled to that opinion.

But on the other hand, these same type of people aren't addressing the valid reason that it may affect others. It's a dismissive argument, and offers little comfort to anyone who may be in a less than ideal situation.

Most of the issues surrounding the X1 don't effect me either. I mostly buy games new. I am always connected. I never trade in my games. I'm not overly concerned on the Kinect privacy question. But there is no way in hell I would support this console due to the fact that I do have empathy for others situations, and I tend to take a long view on how things can POSSIBLY play out, and how it will eventually effect me.

You say, "if I'm ever in that situation, I'll react accordingly". But what these policies do is give you less choice, and for the long term it's not too much of a stretch to think that even more would be taken away. How will you react one day when you have only one choice...pay or don't play?

That's what I see these policies coming to, so I hate to tell you this, but it does effect you. It effects everyone. Maybe not today or the immediate future, but eventually it will effect you. Supporting it now, just removes options for you to "react accordingly" in the future, and worst case scenario, makes any future choice completely undesirable.
Ducky  +   417d ago
Saying "it doesn't affect me" doesn't really discredit anyone else's opinion. It's merely stating your own opinion.
The fact that some stranger is not looking out for your interests when purchasing a piece of entertainment hardware is also not a reason to be afraid of them.

For the record, I don't support the X1's policies because it restricts my own freedoms and I know if X1 is successful, then my rights can dwindle down in the future. That means I should be afraid of the X1 succeeding.
I have no reason to support such a product if a much better alternative exists.

However, if, for whatever reason, an X1 is convenient to someone else due to some feature or whatever, then I don't expect them to not buy it simply due to empathy. Nor do I wish to criticize them for it. They can support whatever they want with their hard earned money, and I can support whatever I want with mine.

In the end, the market is a democracy of people looking for convenience.
If the majority thinks that the X1's policies are convenient, then it'll succeed.
If, instead, the majority sees an alternative choice being more desirable, then that alternative will succeed.

Gaming isn't a necessity. If one day I face the choice of pay or don't play, and I feel the asking price isn't worth it, then I just won't pay and find another hobby.
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DragonKnight  +   418d ago
This was very well done. Bravo. You described the problems with perfect accuracy.

Too bad the shills disagree with logic.
PrimeGrime  +   418d ago
This is seriously the best god damn blog on this website. This speaks for more than just the Xbox One but the world in general.

People really need to stick up for themselves. This type of crap is not ok and the more they don't the more it affects us sane individuals who actually do want a brighter future or just one that makes sense for others, not one that is totally controlled by corporations and one that doesn't make a lick of sense.

I hate to sound all hippie but it is true.
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chadboban  +   418d ago
Is the title a reference to Bioshock Infinite? If so, great job.

Also, really great points made in your blog. And don't worry bro, I'll remember you.

Pepperidge Farm remembers too.

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dedicatedtogamers  +   418d ago
Hahah! Nice. Awesome pic.

And yes, possible reference.... ;)
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harkki86  +   418d ago
wow that was interesting dedicated. i admit i got a bit teary eyed at the unemployed part because my dad has been laid off for almost a year and it has made things really tough for my parents and my younger siblings (i live outside the home)
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cyguration  +   418d ago
If I could stand up and give you a digital ovation, I would.

We really need to end the Doritocracy, it's getting out of hand and this post signifies the same fears that I have: that the shills, the contranians (as you put it) and the lazy folk will ruin it for us all.

Too few people seem to understand the precedent of the Xbox One's policies. Too few people understand how this will affect ALL the people you just named in your post.
Brilliant illustrations, by the way.

It just saddens me that my favorite pastime and hobby will be ruined at the hands of people who don't care, people paid to enforce other people not to care and people who refuse to get informed.

Hopefully the young'ns who frequent this site will read your post and get informed. I doubt they'll inform their parents but it's a start.

There doesn't seem to be anything we can do about shills, but keeping the pressure and rage on Microsoft is the best bet it seems.
Toon_Link  +   418d ago
Great job I really enjoyed this read.
MichaelLito79  +   418d ago
I Don't get caught up with these flame bait articles.

If you like MS then purchase it don't be a follower be a leader. Right now they have an excellent system and so far it seems to be heading in the right direction with games were it truly counts. An excellent online and the system is intergrated with all windows devices and this is just phase one. Imagine in a few years. Many think that MS is at fault for DRM and used games sales these topics have been around this entire generation due to publishers losing out money to used games stores. MS allowing publisher to decide used games sales is genious. I think the enormous amount of people hating on MS should embrace and leave the bandwagon jumping for some other topic. What a few of you may not believe is that MS is future proofing Xbox One. Everyone remembers how MS gambled on Broadband. Guess what the industry followed. Enough with the hate on this website and lets get back to the real topic games. Can't wait for E3.

By the way I respect every one's opinion but when some of you truly embrace always online, don't lend games out, use your console for media and support a company who still gets online attacks then all this screaming and trolling seems like a waste of time.
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s45gr32  +   418d ago
Wow simply beautiful hopefully gamers wake up and fight back against the corporations that try to use its customers as wallets.
LeShin  +   418d ago | Interesting
Very good read, albeit coming across a little melodramtic at times ;-)

Now, to the apologists since you think this is a good idea, let me ask you something...

Is there any restriction put in place when you lend a friend of yours a PHYSICAL blu-ray/dvd film? When you sell ANYTHING you've purchased (TV's,clothes,cars etc...) does the original manufacturer get a cut?

No? so why should it be different for games?

Will you be praising Microsoft (or Sony if they follow suit) if something happens to Xbox live which puts it out of action for a month, like what happened to PSN, except this time you can't play anything at all?

Yes, we are moving to a digital future, but if I CHOOSE to go with physical media, why should I have digital restrictions enforced on me? As of the launch of the PS3, I have 78 physical blu-ray disks...do you honestly think I bought every game new and at full price? You've got to be bloody joking. That would've cost me around £3120 assuming every game cost £40.

What I honestly don't understand, do publishers think this will get them more profits? Most people sell their used games to stores AND people to get money to buy new games. If they didn't have that extra cash, they probably wouldn't buy as many games, therefore surely the publishers are going to see less profits. Also, Not giving everybody the choice to buy games at a heavily discounted price they find with certain used games, consumers will be even MORE cautious in buying titles and probably wouldn't take the chance on unproven titles/genres...taking more profit away from the publishers.

Boggles the mind..
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PooEgg  +   417d ago
I enjoyed reading that. Thanks.

Unfortunately, for every gamer who is smart enough to see that Xbox One is bad for gamers, there will be another who doesn't care about gamers rights, because they just want to play Halo/Gears/Kinect.

It is unfortunate that Xbox One's success or failure will effect the entire gaming business for better or worse. I don't want to wish failure on any game system, but I do have to say that if any game system did deserve to fail it would be this one, base on the fact that it is very anti-consumer and anti-gamer (or at least it was presented as such, but perhaps that will change, we can only hope).
khowat  +   417d ago
I usually love your blogs but this is so useless

the bottom line is that if you can't afford an xbox one, then buy a ps4 or a wii u, there are 3 companies, if you can't afford one, pick another. If you are not able deal with the restrictions of Microsoft then don't. The meager amount of exclusives that Microsoft has hardly merits that you buy an x1 over a ps4 already with all the restrictions that microsoft adds, they've already made the choice for you to not buy their console.

And what's with all the guilt tripping, because I actually do not care if you're just trying to be a gamer like me but you cannot afford an xbox 1, I actually do not care if you're poor and cannot afford an xbox 1. It's not my problem

If you buy an xbox 1 you are not funding the gaming apocalypse

And if you're afraid of me for not caring about ms restrictions then you get scared very easily
BillytheBarbarian  +   417d ago
I just don't get how anyone can think not truly owning games you buy with your money you worked for, ok. Imagine trying to turn on your Sega Genesis or PS1 and being "locked out" because you can't prove who you are? Those consoles become dust collectors. Xbox one is going to be the most expensive rental service ever. Good luck with that. I'm sticking with this Gen because I think we're headed to another videogame crash...all because DRM will suck the life out of it.
Dsanders34  +   417d ago
Excellent read!
ShaunCameron  +   417d ago
I pretty much have to agree with Ducky, MikeMyers and khowat's responses to this blog.

For the record I make less than $30 000/year just like the hypothetical people in the blog, but I'm not complaining about it because after all video games is a PRIVILEGE and a luxury. And luxuries were always expensive. Can't afford it? That's your problem. Not the manufacturers, retailers or the people who can afford the price. Life never was fair. You're just gonna have to make do with what you were given.

With that said, I most likely won't buy the XBox One. And the DRM has nothing to do with it.
theChickGamer  +   417d ago
Excellent article and I can add my own example.
Both me and my partner are avid gamers. Of course we have our own consoles, we have two PS3, two XBox 360, two PSVita, you get the point. We usually play at the same times, that's mostly why.
We share games as everything else in life.

With XBox One, the next time we buy (for example) a Deus Ex / Dishonored / Bioshock game, I'll play it first, then pass to him. It becomes his own and I'll never play any future DLC...

I don't think people really realize the scope of not being able to borrow games to friends or even family with their own console.
XBox ONE - ONE home - ONE family - ONE console... doesn't work for me.
We're a family of two, with two consoles, so, in our family, we still won't be able to share games (not unless we play on the same account, but you can't play on the same account together).

And I HATE TV... and Kinect bothers me like hell.
I will definitely vote with my money but also with my conscience.
rainslacker  +   417d ago
Awesome blog DTG. Probably the best one you've ever done, and I can't find anything to argue with you on, so great job.:)

Also, love the title, just platinum'd Bioshock Infinite last night.

Edit: You should consider posting this blog on other sites as well. It should be read by everyone I think.
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urwifeminder  +   417d ago
No need to fear me I like games like you just so happens the are mostly MS games the only thing you have to fear is fear itself.
jts1891  +   417d ago
Honestly, I can say that I couldn't care less about people who only rent games or buy used. They do nothing for the industry and support a parasitic business model that limits actual sells.

So the Xbox One screws them over? Fine, they weren't contributing anyways. Let's focus on the important issue here.

Always Online.

You could have the best damn internet connection in the world, yet the X1 could still turn into a useless plastic brick. What happens when some group of hackers, itching to strike at MS for their bullshit, hacks and cripples their servers?

When it happened to Sony, PSN was down for more than three weeks. If the same thing happens to Microsoft in the future, your Xbox becomes totally useless until they get their servers back up and running.

And don't say that it can't happen. ANYTHING and ANYONE can be hacked if the individuals behind it have the right resources and motivation.

Also, since Microsoft is pushing for developers to make games dependent on the Cloud, what happens at the end of this new generation when they shut down servers to make way for a new system and new games? Your going to be stuck with a broken product.

Even for purely pragmatic people who don't give a fuck about the woes of the common man, there are still plenty of reasons to realize that this is a horrible direction to take gaming.
MichaelLito79  +   416d ago
I think Microsoft has a better chance of "winning E3" than we think. Mainly because of there focus on other aspects of Xbox One when it was revealed. Everyone has low expectations for them. Even lower than Nintendo right now. So if they focus on games as they said, and hammer out these details that people are confused on, they can really only get better. Sony, however, was strong coming out of the gate, which means there are high expectations for them. A couple small problems, and all of a sudden, everyone thinks they have dropped the ball. And Nintendo is really not trying to compete with those two in the same way, since they aren't featuring a console.
Microsoft will have to do a lot right, and Sony will have to make a couple mistakes (high PS4 price?), but I think it is doable. All 3 companies going into E3 have a lot to prove.
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fsfsxii  +   412d ago
Great read man, really something everyone should look into
I think gaming is gonna get really bad if the X1 goes to win, and with gamers who sell their privacy for corporation's toys, gamers like Greenpowerz and MikeMyers

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