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The stubborn, unlikable Xbox One

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There are a lot of reasons not to like the Xbox One. It�s pretty ugly, representing the boxy design favored in 1980s electronics more than a modern, sleek look like what we�ve seen popularized in recent years. The name? Yeah, it�s pretty stupid. Those are things I can get past, though. It�s not like �Xbox� was a cool name to begin with, and you can argue that �Playstation� only sounds alright because we�re so used to hearing it. Anyway, that�s all superficial stuff.


"Why, when I was your age, we used to OWN stuff!" "Shut the fuck up, Grandpa."


Microsoft continues to tell us that we don�t want physical discs on our shelves, that we aren�t satisfied with having a cable box AND a game console, and that we want less controllers and more flailing around and/or yelling at our game systems. When we respond with, �Actually, we�re fine with those things�� they scream back, �YOU DON�T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT, DUMMY!� and toss the Xbox One in our general direction.

But the problem- the problem is not THEM, dear reader. It�s US. The writers, gamers, and fans that make up this wonderful, dysfunctional family that we call the gaming community, we�re refusing to evolve, you see. Why are we so stubbornly clinging to these stupid controllers, after all? Why do we insist that our game consoles focus on games? Why won�t we just want the things that they want us to want, which would make this whole deal a lot easier?

This business of selling gaming systems would be so much easier if it wasn�t for having to deal with gamers, right?
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About Jon Hartleyone of us since 12:39 PM on 04.26.2007

Formerly "akathatoneguy".

I've been on D-toid for quite some time, and I got into video games back in the NES days.

My console history pretty much goes like this...NES->Genesis->Playstation->PS2->Xbox 360 (+PS3). I've also briefly owned an N64, Dreamcast, and a bunch of portable systems. Because I missed out on a good three generations of Nintendo, I've also missed out on plenty of classics. Plus, I had years in high school where I didn't play games much at all, or stuck mainly to (gasp!) sports games. Have no fear, fellow gamers...I have since renounced my evil ways and opened myself up to worlds of amazing games that don't involve sticks, or...er, balls. Okay, I worded that awkwardly.

I'm also into sports, movies, and other stuff that is pretty much enjoyed by most everybody. My main hobbies are MMA (mostly watching, although I do jiu-jitsu and have done some kickboxing), the Chicago Bears/Cubs, and video games. I read comics when I have time in an effort to become a more well-rounded nerd, also. I'm finishing up college right now and I haven't worked a "regular" job in about five years now. Instead, I've been a freelance writer and written MMA columns at various sites (currently Fightmania.com).

I would LOVE to write about video games professionally, and I think I'm ready to do so. I've resurrected my c-blog going again partially in an effort to reach that goal, and partially because I just like to be able to connect with other people about the games I experience and topics in the gaming industry.

Inquiries, love letters, marriage proposals, and amazing job offers go to akathatoneguy [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter @ItsJonHartley. I'll be happy to follow back fellow Dtoiders!

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