Just some Schmoe that has been playing games since his 5 yr old brain experienced Night Driver some years ago on the Atari 2600. It has been a (mostly) healthy relationship ever since. Working in the design/animation realm for the last 10+ years, and trying to figure out a way to get another job that pays more, requires me to do less, and generally not be bothered by anyone for the last umpteen years. Well bothered by nobody except my beautiful (gamer yay!) wife. I started blogging here to make some classy vidya game related toons for the masses.
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So Microsoft went and turned around their decision to have your Xbox One check in every 24hrs and also lifted the restrictions on used game selling and so forth. Does this really change anything? If you read the comments on related stories they seem to be made up of people who still can't be bothered with the Xbox One because they are sure that MS is about to do something else evil. Or "Finally I can by my Xbox One and feel great about supporting consumer rights!". Or "Great, now I don't have the cool X,Y,Z, feature this would have given me, I've totally been Xboned!".
BTW whoever started the Xbone thing deserves a cookie, turning an odd name into a great descriptor for the policies and PR of an entire company in 5 letters is just amazing.
Anyway, my whole point with this is did people gain something with MS changing their policy? Sure, why not, but that doesn't change the fact that most games will need to be online anyway. You know for online multiplayer and Netflix, and Hulu and all Tv, tv, tv... Game companies are also pushing content to be always online, use the cloud, collective computing, etc, so no matter how you slice it, this thing is going to be online 80% of the time. Only now MS can throw their hands up and say "Hey it isn't us, blame EA, blame Ubisoft, blame it on the rain..."
Also, we are all going to have to hear incessant whining in comments and forum etc for the next generation about how awesome the family plan, or game sharing or other features this online policy would have "enabled". Not to mention you can be sure that MS is going to use this as an excuse for everything that goes wrong or features it has to cut back or misses deadlines for. What? Oh you wanted to carry over achievements? Well those got mixed up because we had to change our structure to give you what you wanted. Oh our space bucks didn't convert properly? Sorry must have been the massive retooling we had to do in order to meet your impossible demands.
And the users will be the worst part. "Thanks to everyone for messing up my Xbox experience, feature X would have been the best thing ever created, but since MS can't Xbone me once a day I can't have it. Thanks a lot".
Do we have any idea if these features would have worked as advertised? No, not at all. But the mystery of them maybe existing will make people talk at length about how amazing these would have been, even though nobody and I'll bold that NOBODY has any actual user experience with said features. I have games I purchased on the original 360 that went all RROD that I can't re-download onto my replacement because of I don't know what. I download them start them up and they are the trial version, I try to re-buy them and it tells me "You already own this title, you cannot buy it again". Well if I own it, let me stop playing the trial. Sure sign in with the same account. It is the same account, oh yes we see you already bought that, what's the problem? For a 5 dollar game I don't care, but for my whole game library? I'd go insane. And this is already with console that is plugged in all the time with xbox live gold.
Now this whole thing sounds like I'm just putting down the console and MS in general. That isn't my goal, because honestly like many other people have omitted, i'd probably end up with one One (two?) in my hope eventually. I just want folks to stop acting like they have to go out and defend any of these companies as if they get paid to do so. I hope they both sell a billion consoles and every game ever is available for everything. It doesn't matter. As the veteran of many console wars I can tell you that the whole situation is like a sitcom, everything is turned upside down for 30mins, then next week everything is the same as it ever was.