Today, letís continue the Recaps tradition of talking about that most wonderful of newly revealed consoles, the Xbox One.
So, my response then. Ahum.
I just laughed through the entire thing. I couldnít help it. I should probably be more disheartened and upset that one of the major powers that keep gaming going had so many terrible ideas for a console, but Iím not. I just thought it was hilarious. Iím looking back on my comment history right now, and it doesnít look like a made a single serious comment the entire day. There were just way too many things to make fun of. Hell, the comment sections on most of Tuesdayís articles have been amazingly fun.
It was all a big joke to me. It is so amazingly over-the-top cartoonishly evil that itís impossible to take seriously. Itís like they read my digital property blog (pardon the plug) from a while back and did everything in their power to try and prove me wrong. Ultimately, to me it just looks like theyíre aimlessly and ineffectually flailing against the future. If they keep this up I guarantee you right now that theyíll have consumer rights organizations breathing in their neck, especially in Europe. Just wait until the Germans and the Scandinavians get wind of this. They donít take kindly to this shit. It's going to be hilarious.
I have to admit, Microsoft was never going to win me over. Iím just not in the Xbox audience: I donít own a 360, nor do I feel the need to get one. My passion lies with Nintendo and the indies, which basically means WiiU/3DS and Steam. Unless Microsoft had announced that it bought out Nintendo and Valve, it never had a chance for me. But while I can fully admit that we have been facing a drought in games on the WiiU, I will stand by my claim that itís a great little system with lots of potential. The system itself is good, even if the games arenít there to show it. Compare that to the One, and itís amazing to me how fundamentally flawed the system itself can be. As a result, for me the announcement went way beyond ďindifferenceĒ, straight past ďwell, thatís kind of stupidĒ and ďIím going to cry for a bitĒ into pure unadultered hilarity.
In short, it was like watching a brilliant parody of everything wrong with Microsoft performed in live action.
Wrenchfarm had mixed feelings, Strider cared more about Animal Crossing and Injustice, and I just laughed. Not a good score so far, guys. To be fair, Microsoft, look at it this way. At least you managed to amuse one person with the One, and thatís gotta count for something. †
But thatís enough laughing for today. Itís time for the caps, so letís get serious! †