With Microsoft officially revealing the details of its used games offerings last night online, the Xbox One has come under attack from gamers and members of the press. While Microsoft is allowing the playback and re-sale of used games at approved retailers after the publisher has enabled the trade-in, there are elements of the new console that will limit the ability to share or trade games with friends. And the way Microsoft has handled this situation has been a lesson in how not to launch a new console.
So far, most of the vitriol against Microsoft has come from the games press and the always-important gamers. I decided to ask a veteran game developer his thoughts on the whole Microsoft used games controversy. Warren Spector is well-known to the gaming community for pioneering interactive storytelling in games like Deus Ex, System Shock and Thief. He’s also platform agnostic at the moment, not working on any games for Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo or any other platform.