1. There is currently no way to become gamers with these systems. They aren’t out. They are pure marketing to us at this point.
2. So? I have issues with WIn 8, mostly about having the new Metro interface pushed in my face every time I boot up, and I make jokes about it.
AND I posted a link from Forbes dismissing the use of Win8 as a serious claim afterward. I also defended the stability of Win8 from my own
experience.We are getting both sides of the story here.
3. No doubt. As the article explains, It’s dumb not to use what equipment you can get easily before a show, especially if it is provided as samples and not doing
anything else or was donated to support the show. And it IS likely set up with input from the developer rather than the publisher at this point. Cueil seems to
want to go with only one confirmed to use PC and it was this one as the broad defense strategy though.
4. Yes they do.
I think handling privacy concerns with babble about the world is already under total surveillance and justifying high game console prices by bringing up different
high priced products is also a form of ignorant bullshit. The Xbox One is not a tablet. MS has tablets. They are also not doing well at the current pricing. The presumption
that anyone who bought a high end cell phone would also buy an Xbox one sort of ignores that if a smart phone was bought recently that perhaps makes one
LESS likely to buy a high priced consoles what with the loose money already being spent and the phone being higher up the priority list. I think cutting off complaints about
features with “deal with it” is pretty dumb too. That’s frankly how Apple sells things. It’s why I don’t own any recent apple stuff. New console manufacturers with this PR
attitude are likely to suffer for it.
We tried the ‘serious Xbot’ defense back at the Bitbag. It never worked. Nor was it ever really enforced both ways. The SDF just used that constraint to launch even more
bullshit and drowned out the reasonable arguments. And THAT was when there was something WORTH defending. If you asked them Xbox Live Gold was $ 60 a month instead
of $35 a year. Now suddenly they are okay with paying $60 a year for multiplayer having never even seen the new multiplayer network features first hand. The 360 was the
RROD console that sold twice as many systems as replacements (no citation given). YLOD was NOTHING. PS2 lens misalignment? NOTHING. PSX played upside down to stop
load failure and stream-skipping in the first two years of sales? NOTHING. MS replacing consoles for free up to three years after purchase? NOTHING. None of that mattered
and the idiots wanted to hear about how big blu-ray games would be and how much better the graphics would be and what GTA IV supposedly would be like if 360 had blu-ray.
The 360 d-pad was a FATAL WEAKNESS because fighters. Etc. It was all total stupid bullshit. This time I think Xbox One is over priced, too focused on server side games (We
are all Defiance now!), and the DRM thing is onerous. I’d rather stick with PC where the DRM’d games are cheap as fuck and have no willingness to believe that MS will be willing
to go ‘cheap as fuck’ on their digital wares on their closed market. I pre-ordered a PS4 not because I want one at launch or because I’m a KIllzone fan but because I wanted to
reward Sony for their ‘it’s your disc’ message even if it was cynical opportunistic bullshit(which I’m pretty sure it was) because that sends them a message about what I want and
what I’m willing to do to support it. And if and when the bad news hits I’ll probably cancel that order too.
My participation in this thread has been hostile but mostly humorous. I am approaching it that way because this argument will probably always be stupid and pointlessly emotional
on both sides but before the consoles launch it is certain to be.
Cheap shots and rumors > Lab work and scholarly research at this stage and MS and Sony are clearly still wiggling their policies about and they need a bit of encouragement
not to fuck it up with their futurism and pipe dreams because they have already burned their customers on skate-board scanning, AI kids, hybrid kinect games (Steel Battalion was
garbage that really just didn’t work), the big XNA effort, and Velocity GRL selling her t-shirts. Both sides have their PR monkeys on message boards trying to swing this thing one
way or the other. They are doing that because MS opened themselves up this with their silly babble about the future. Well, people are reacting negatively to their vision of the future.
As John Shaw might say, that’s just what the discussion is at this point. It’s not going to change anytime soon.