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CaimDark avatar 12:42 AM on 05.29.2013  (server time)
Dear Members Of The Gaming Press: It's okay To Like The Xbone. Seriously.

Shocking though it may be, not everyone in the game world was as appalled as most of us by the Xbone reveal, and as much as I'd wish not a single human being was interested in this monstrosity, that's just fine. Like Ed Koch famously said, "If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist". Even in a hypothetical world where no one really actually liked the thing, we'd still see positives articles pop up, and it's only natural. In the media business, where careers live or die by the attention they get, when a situation arises that EVERYONE is on one side of a given issue, some inevitably seize the opportunity to position themselves "on the other side", "above the fray" or somesuch, which is one of the easiest ways to get tongues wagging and precious traffic. Even before the unveiling, some pieces popped up purporting to take a step back from the "knee-jerk reactions" and take an "objective look" at the potential benefits of an always online console.

It's all well and good, but could please drop the excuses? Really, you don't need them. Maybe you're also a game developer who'd like nothing less than to see the used game market crash and burn. Maybe you invested in Activision. Maybe you own Microsoft stock and wants the Xbone to sell like gangbusters. Maybe you're one of those "corporations exist to make money" types who believe that, as long as the goal is to make money, everything is fine because that's just how the "real world" works. Maybe you don't give a flying fuck about the Kinect watching you the time or about opening the doors to a visual-DRM future. Maybe you just want to play Halo, and fuck everything else. Maybe you've always dreamed of controlling your TV with your voice while you game, twit, skype, watch a movie and listen to music all at the same time. Maybe... it doesn't matter. If you really liked what you saw and wants it to succeed, for whatever reason, that's okay. You are not "honor-bound to defend freedom". You don't have a duty to pick up arms and join the uprising of the unwashed masses. The Gamers Against Xbone League won't hire thugs to break your kneecaps or anything. At least I won't.

So you can drop the pathetic excuses. For real. You don't need to pretend that every single benefit of an "online-whenever-possible" console can't somehow also work without needing a DRM check once a day. You don't need to dismiss the concerns as "fear of change". You don't need to thoroughly murder logic and employ false equivalences to argue that not even being able to borrow a game is "good for gamers". You most certainly don't need to conjure pseudo-psychology to argue that we really want to enjoy all the awesome services the Xbone offers, we're just mad we can't afford them.

Really, it's fine. Just come out of the closet. Take that that weight off your shoulder! You'll feel better, I promise. The truth will set you free!

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