E3 2013: Microsoft, Meet The Real World…

no_dataSo, according to Microsoft, their new Xbox One wonder-box of miracles ABSOLUTELY requires an always online connection, restricts sharing of physical or digital games and does a few other things so terribly wrong for the sake of the “future” that it all means if you live in an area with no, crappy or “borrowed” internet access… you’re screwed.

Actually, you’re not really screwed… you just need to find another console to play your games on. Boo. To paraphrase the original Star Trek’s good Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy: “It’s a console, NOT a cellphone!”

Yeah, well… someone’s going to be in for a big, fat Greek surprise this holiday season and it’s not the consumer who’s decided to move on and spend their money elsewhere. It will be any Microsoft executive expecting a gigantic bonus check for implementing possibly the worst enforced evolution scheme in the relatively brief history of video gaming.  Want to hand a used game down to the kids in another home? Good luck with that. Want to lend someone you recently became acquainted with a game you bought and beat a few days back? Nope – they need to be on your Friends List for at LEAST 30 days. Not 29, 20, 14 or 4, folks. 30 or up. There’s a lot more, but it’s all downhill and garbage gibberish that sounds as if it was randomly generated PR nonsenseSimple. Instant. Complete. is one of the taglines for the Xbox One, but to many now shut out from the new system and its services, that translates to Microsoft having Simply. Instantly and Completely lost all their former business and probably future business for that matter. Granted, many will stick with the 360 as long as it continues to have games worth buying, but given the company’s absolutely fast burying of the original Xbox when the Xbox 360 arrived on the scene, I give the 360 maybe a year more of life – and that’s only due to it being the most “popular” console (in terms of units sold which includes replacements for the tens of thousands of dead systems thanks to the infamous RROD issue that affected the original model for some time)

Well, I guess I’ll cover the games that roll out at E3, but other than that, I’m keeping a bigger focus on Sony and Nintendo news, as so far, they’re not going to screw gamers over who aren’t up to speed with the fastest connections. Well, Sony MIGHT have some nonsense up its sleeves, but they’ve been quiet aside from kicking at Microsoft from the safety of a few social network swipes…

As usual, we shall see – as the kids say, $#!t just got interesting…


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