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Xbox One Petition To Restore DRM Is A Problem In Itself But The People Endorsing It Are Even Worse
If you haven’t heard yet, there’s a petition going around asking for Microsoft to restore the Xbox One’s original DRM and online restrictions. As quoted from the petition page itself, the description for the petition is as follows:
This was to be the future of entertainment. A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers uncertainty.
We want this back. It can’t be all or nothing, there must be a compromise.
Now from a sane gamer’s point of view, this seems like a failure right off the bat. There is just no way Microsoft will make such a huge change of direction after looking like fools for the “Xbox 180” switch. Here’s the thing: it was plain-as-day obvious that consumers are not ready for the kind of restricted gaming the Xbox One was going to deliver. The outcry from the gaming community was everything it needed to be to quickly open Microsoft’s eyes, even after a full, televised, and recorded week of defending the decisions over and over again.
So why would a huge company that basically took back every straight and harsh defense they laid out about the Xbox One go back and reverse the decisions once again to become the console that made gamers rage a second time?
That is the one and only reason why this Xbox One petition would fail. So why does it only need less than 400 signatures to reach the 15,000 goal? Why is this petition going to succeed? Why is this Xbox One petition actually making waves across the internet?
Simple answer: trolls and Sony fanboys who have no idea what they are doing.
Look, I have no issue with fanboys. I’m a fanboy myself of things (Mega Man!). Being a fanboy just shows your love of something but it can go overboard. The people signing this Xbox One petition are the lowest of the low in the gaming community. These people aren’t even Xbox fans, they are Sony fans trying to kill the Xbox One.
Let’s take a look at some of the recent comments on the Xbox One petition page, careful of language below:
“ill sign to help ps4 so we have no stupid people on the same console as me.” – Written by someone who lives in “Sonyville” and liked by over 250 signers.
“It’s so important so that the Xbox one is shittier again” – Liked by over 140 signers.
“I want this so we can troll the xbox one again” – One of the most recent comments.
This is not why petitions were created. This actually huts a petition and if this Xbox One petition was made with good and honest intentions then every one of the signers who are Sony fanboys trying to hurt or “kill” the Xbox One then they have no idea what they are doing.
If the Xbox One outright fails and only the PS4 is left standing, then the industry itself hurts. Competition is good for an industry. It keeps companies on their toes and makes continue to try because they have to. They’d have to continually fight for your buck and dollar because there is always an alternative. This is a good thing.
Look at some other industries that have been hurt by no competition. The professional wrestling industry is in disarray thanks to no one being able to compete with the WWE. Ever Since WCW and ECW closed their doors, the WWE has been in a smooth sailing business sense and after years of this the product has become a mere shadow of what it used to be. Ratings and pay-per-view buyouts are down and a lot of people have stopped watching or caring.
Look at the first person shooter genre. When Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare came out, it took that genre to another level. Ever since, Call of Duty has been the highest selling FPS series year after year with no one coming close. No one may ever come close to the numbers Black Ops 2 produced but when companies started taking their own games to that kind of level with series such as Battlefield then the playing field was sort of leveled. Sales are still lop-sided but Activation saw a clear-cut competitor and with this new wave of releases – Ghosts and Battlefield 4 – you can see that the Call of Duty series is trying to step up their game. Activision isn’t exactly worried they won’t sell millions but they are trying to bring back those who left for Battlefield 3. It’s a competition now and that’s good.
Industries have to have a healthy competition or things get stale and executives get cocky beyond repair. Companies should always need to fight for our dollar (pound, rupee, etc.) or else something is wrong.
So with that in mind, those who are signing that petition only to hurt the Xbox One or “kill” it so the PS4 is the super console of the next gen, please stop. Having an Xbox One – in any form – on the options table is only a good thing.
In any case, with the way things are going I really don’t think Sony needs any more help to win the opening salvo of the next gen.