I will get right into it and say that always online systems are pretty much here folks. So sad but true as all heck. I want you to capture how you feel about in a bubble. In fact write down how you feel about always online systems right now...i'll wait. Okay now that you've done that save it and ask yourself if you feel the same way after microsoft's press conference. I can almost guarantee you won't feel the same. If so just wait until the console is available to buy and tell me if you truly feel the same way.
"write down how you feel about always online systems right now..."
By the time May 21st rolls around the debate of always online will change for a different course. Why, because Microsoft will actually tell you the rumor is true. With them stepping up and making this announcement and confirming the rumors what's next. I give you a hint its one of the stages of grief. Yes just as simple as that you will go through one of the stages of grief till you finally come to the one that matters to most in my eyes Acceptance.
"Yes just as simple as that you will go through one of the stages of grief"
I have already accepted that the next xbox is going to require a constant online connection. I am okay with that because it just simply will not enter my home. Off of that preface alone. I am not sad, nor am I angry, I have already gone through those phases. I can see how this move will solidify a future in gaming for Microsoft. What I cannot see is how it solidifies a future of Microsoft for gamers. I speak to everyone who says that always online consoles are not going to be what they are going to buy next-gen and hope that they stay true to their word.
"What I cannot see is how it solidifies a future of Microsoft for gamers."As a respected colleague of mine questioned what device in your home right now requires a constant internet connection? I quickly answered a cellphone but I was incorrect. The truthful answer is nothing, not one item in your home right now requires a constant internet connection to work. So why should you invite microsoft with a camera/kinect to be the first. In my eyes the answer is you should not. Simply put it's an invasion of privacy, its wrong, and it violates the core premise of why the Xbox was invited into your home. We as gamers invited Microsoft into our home as guest because they said they were there to provide entertainment in the form of video games.
"Not one item in your home right now requires a constant internet connection"With the next following months leading to the announcement and this years E3. We will see how a billion dollar giant will use the marketing industry in order to trojan horse its agendas. It will be interesting to watch from my perspective. Unfortunately it will be like sitting back and watch the city burn. It can burn because millions let a ruler in and destroy their way of life. On the other hand it can burn in riots of opposition. Sadly I know every mainstream video game news media is going to side with Microsoft vs. standing up and really placing an emphasis on the harm an always on console/camera really can be to the future of electronics and electronic media.
Bottom Line: We are on the verge of a digital revolution, and I already know what side I am on.