WHY in the hell would anyone want an Xbox One? Jesus fucking Christ dude, its literally the anathema to video gamers everywhere
(maybe I just misused that word but I don’t care about my grammar or vocabulary at the moment because I’m simmering with rage)
I have this one friend who’s actually trying to defend the Xbox One. Normally I wouldn’t care about someone’s else’s opinion but this is the sort of thing that can screw the rest of us video gamers over.
For starters, nobody likes DRM. Having to connect to the internet to use the console is stupid. What if my internet goes out for more than 24 hours? I guess I’m fucked then aren’t I? So many companies have tried to do it with PC games and it hurts the consumers that legally buy the game more than those who pirate the game. Chances are that the same people who pirate the game are smart enough to change the game’s program so that they can play offline anyway! It doesn’t stop pirating, it hurts the consumer, and it angers the fanbase and makes companies lose customer loyalty.
The inability to play used games? Are you fucking kidding me?
I’ve almost always bought new games. I’ll rarely buy used games because I want to make sure that the game I’m buying is going to work. But like many gamers, what I’ve always loved to do is trade and borrow games with friends. Games aren’t just something we like to do on our own, its a social activity. We play games with other people. we share games with our friends, and quite often, we let good friends borrow our games and we borrow games from our same friends.
Companies like EA and THQ lost some customer loyalty for having those multiplayer codes to encourage us to buy new games. I get the point behind that, but it made it harder for people to trade games. You know what happened when my friend borrowed my copy of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier? He didn’t get to play multiplayer, he missed out on the full experience and didn’t get to play the game to its full potential. That was a problem that came from the multiplayer code, now we might have to deal with a disc that’s entirely useless after its first initial play. What the hell is this crap? If I’m dropping (at least) $60 for a game I should be able to let friends borrow it and play it without any sort of applicable restrictions.
I play Warhammer 40,000 and I love it to death, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without painted plastic and metal miniatures. I’ve seen Games Workshop go from a company that was run by hobbyists who understood what its consumers wanted and delivered what they asked for, to a company that’s now run by suits trying to maximize short term profits at the cost of customer loyalty.
Now I’m seeing the same thing happen to my video games. I understand that its an industry trying to make a profit, I have nothing against that. But you’re obviously doing something wrong when you anger your consumer while trying to maximize profits and decrease piracy.
Unless those policies change, I won’t be purchasing an Xbox One. And to be quite honest, anyone that buys it is hurting video games for me, themself, their friends, their family, and the generations of gamers to come.
EDIT: In reply to Steam, you have to activate the game while connected to the internet for the first time to verify that you own that copy of the game. After that, you can play offline for however long you want.