Xbox One Fiasco: Will Gamers Continue To Hold A Grudge?
One thing to remember, everyone- this is an exceedingly fast-paced industry.
This is precisely why we mustn't be prisoners of the moment. It's impossible to live solely in the present in the gaming world; doing so essentially translates to being shortsighted.
In regards to the epic face-plant everyone continues to talk about - Microsoft's initial Xbox One announcement - it's important to try to envision the gaming landscape five years from now. Gamers are an interesting group; in many cases, they've proven to be immensely fickle, forgetting about earth-shattering news within months due to a variety of factors. On the other hand, there are plenty of cases where core gamers have held long-running grudges; they never forget and they're quite vocal about that fact.
So the question is a simple one, really: Now that Microsoft has reversed the two policies that pissed off so many people, will we even remember this blowup five years from now? Or will it have been relegated to a fuzzy, almost insignificant blip on the video game history radar? Will Microsoft's machine once again be trouncing Sony's in the US, as the Xbox 360 has done most of this generation to the PS3? Or will we be looking back at this moment as the early turning point, at a critical juncture where Sony retook control of the gaming market, even in North America...?
Obviously, what I'm asking is whether or not gamers will hold this grudge, even with Microsoft's reversed policies. It's sort of easy to forget, because the end result is a console that doesn't restrict used games via DRM, and doesn't require those ridiculous daily online "check-ins." So, if the console doesn't do those things, what difference does it make that it would've? It's easy for core gamers to go, "Hell, I won't be forgetting that!" But time passes quickly and it becomes more and more difficult to hold that grudge, doesn't it? I believe the fickleness of most gamers will allow the Xbox One to be just fine; in fact, better than fine.
That, and there are millions upon millions of casual gamers out there who don't know about any of this. They aren't interested in reading news headlines about video games. All they'll know is that when a new Xbox shows up in stores, they'll want it. It's Xbox, after all.
7/7/2013 9:59:54 PM Ben Dutka