A few weeks ago I wrote a blog here on N4G titled ‘Microsoft I’m Calling You Out’. My intention was to put forward the message, aimed optimistically at Microsoft, that if they don’t do something about the negative press surrounding their third Xbox then all hell could break loose. I won’t link to it but it’s in my profile/history/whatever if you want to read it.
Well, here we are, weeks later and things have indeed taken a turn for the worse. The rumors about an ‘always online’ Xbox 3 have reached fever pitch much to the dismay of one MS employee, Adam Orth, whose arrogant comments on twitter have caused quite a stir. Gamers are swearing off Xbox left, right and center as bewildered fans consider jumping ship to the more favourably received PS4.
So, MS, I don’t want to say I told you so but, well, I totally told you so! Seriously though, I never expected anyone with any influence at MS to be reading user blogs on N4G. I guess I’m just here to gloat about being right, it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like so I’m making the most of it.
Meanwhile, back on topic, the severe and effluent weather hovering over Microsoft’s PR department must be making them very nervous indeed. I mean, if the rumors (which are looking more and more likely) are true, how do you even begin to spin that in a positive way? This all goes to show that the people screaming “all publicity is good publicity” should be eating their words about now. The damage that the negative press is causing is all too apparent and MS’s silence is speaking volumes about their attitude toward next generation. There’s an air of arrogance that is undermining the image of the Xbox platform as a whole and if something is not done MS will fall into an abyss, one which I fear they cannot escape.