Now There's A Campaign to get Microsoft to Do a 180 on their Xbox One 180..
The saying goes "You can't please all of the people, all of the time", and nowhere is this more applicable than with gamers. Hell- sometimes is seems the saying could just be "you can't please gamers". And to illustrate the point, there's this story. Previously there was a colossal backlash from gamers and media alike to the proposed restrictions built into the Xbox One. So big in fact was the negative reaction that Microsoft made the surprising decision to do one of the biggest back-tracks in gaming history. So, everyone was happy, right?
Nope. The minute the u-turn was announced some people came out of the woodworks to start a backlash against the backlash. And now an Xbox fan by the name of David Fontenot has started a petition to get Microsoft to retract their retraction. Why? The argument goes that gamers just didn't understand what Microsoft were offering them, (which arguably is MS's fault for not communicating it well enough) and overreacted. From the petition:
Microsoft: Give us back the Xbox One we were promised at E3
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.
It's easy enough to dimiss this as a hissy-fit by a blind Microsoft fan-boy ("THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS) but there is at least a kernel of truth in there. The ability to trade digital games and share them would have been nifty- ironically this is what the Xbox One was being criticised for not letting you do with disc-based games. The Xbox One with the restrictions would have made for a questionable console with disc-based games, but if you only intended to buy your games digitally, it would have been a different prospect entirely.
What do you think? Does David have a point, or is this crazy talk? You can sign the petition if you feel so inclined.
Either way it seems unlikely that they would do another U-turn now, when their presales figures have taken such a jump.