There’s a petition that 25K people have signed to bring back Xbox One’s original policies. Are they crazy?
Yes!!! They don’t think so. Here is what the petition that is being hosted by Change.org says:
“This was to be the future of entertainment. A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers uncertainty.
We want this back. It can’t be all or nothing, there must be a compromise.”
So, lets dissect this a little. A new wave of gaming where you can buy/trade/share or sell digital games. Like it said, it’s Steam for Xbox. But how exactly is this a new wave of gaming? It’s been done by PC companies for years! (point 1 for PC)
Okay, so maybe they meant a new wave of gaming on consoles. What about the people that like buying physical copies? They can’t sell or loan their copies to their friends but people who buy them digitally can? WHAT? If anything, I agree with it being the other way around, if you can’t have both, at least allow disc trading. Why were they making it not possible to play a friends physical copy? Because the trading and selling stores, like GameStop, make HUGE amounts of profit from buying low and selling high. Microsoft wanted to make money on that. They wanted the control, they wanted the money. And I’m not bashing Microsoft for wanting to make a few extra bucks but you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
Consumers were not misinformed. They “railed” against it because it was a HORRIBLE idea to begin with. The original PS3 rumors back in 2005 stated that PS3 would have something similar to what Xbox one announced. There was a huge backlash against the rumor. Why would Microsoft think this was a good idea? If I want to loan a game to a friend to play, I should be able to. If i want to play a game at a friends house, I should be able to without needing to worry about account stuff. It’s just an all around bad idea. It’s not clear to anyone why digital loans and physical loans need to be mutually exclusive (one or the other). I would have been shocked if Sony hadn’t taken advantage of Microsoft’s blunder.
Lastly, the required internet connection and Kinect that is always on is really the nail in the coffin as far as the old promises go… They never answered the question about the consumers that either don’t want it or have an internet connection, they just had a snarky answer of, “We have a system for those, its called Xbox 360″. And Kinect…. scares me. Skynet, Big Brother; we all know what can happen. I don’t want to fight machines and we all know the government spies on us! Bad idea guys, bad idea.
Not all of the 25k gamers that signed the petition are serious about it however, some signed up to troll:
“I love restrictions. I want always online DRM. I want the game rental business to become obsolete. I don’t want to let my friends borrow games, because f*** them. All I care about is my god d*** new age console that’ll blow everything else out of the water! F*** the PS4 and f*** those Sony guys for catering to fans who care about their gaming experience. F*** PC, that s*** is stupid. Steam? F*** that s***. They never have sales or anything. It’s not as affordable as buying my games from the XBL marketplace. I love Microsoft and their business practices will be the best forever. F*** yes. <3 Xbox.”
– Phukfaic McGee//petition signer
He has 375 likes!
What do you think? Should Microsoft really retract their reversed policies?