Girlfriend Mode: Xbox One Backlash

Welcome to Girlfriend Mode – -a new column for MTV Multiplayer where I (Kiala Kazebee, woman) talk about the serious business of games, the games industry and my period. JOKES. I makes jokes. Anyway I hope you enjoy my column about vaginas. I mean games.

It’s been 24 hours since the Xbox live stream reveal and I think we can all agree the reaction has been a little uh…rough. To begin, here’s a quick round up of the anger, frustration and confusion fangirls and boys have been spreading round the webs.

From the live Major Nelson Q&A this afternoon:

The Kinect Mic is always on even when the console is turned off. (Better start watching porn in a different room is what I’m saying.)

and my favorite Tumblr post summing up the press conference:

Between the lackluster “reveal” of what is essentially the equivalent of re-inventing a Betamax as a VCR (sorry! Your tapes won’t play now! Oopy!) and the super lame “you just wait until E3 when we show you some awesome stuff we can’t talk about now because (probably) we haven’t invented it yet and we’re peeing our pants trying to clean up this PR mess” Microsoft team party line, the XBox One debut has been a pretty big disappointment so far.

Xbox One hardware is not compatible with Xbox 360 games. We designed Xbox One to play an entirely new generation of games. Games are architected to take full advantage of the state of the art processors and infinite power of the cloud.

~Major Larry Nelson

This “explanation” is insulting to the consumer base at best and elitist at worst. They want us to believe there was no way a system could be designed that was compatible with both the old and the new? WE ARE NERDS, Microsoft. We know how technology works. And for god’s sake, don’t dismiss the hundreds of expensive games we’ve bought in the past as relics to be put out to pasture (and rendered unsellable) because of corporate greed or (I’m sorry) “an eye towards the future”. The future of what? Of planned obsolescence? No thank you. XBox is not “on a mission….for technology to step behind the curtain and let you take center stage” unless by “you” they mean “your wallet”. This is some serious the great and powerful Oz BS and we gamers are not falling for it. Don’t make us pay for a fake diploma and call it brains.

If the presser at E3 doesn’t manage to do some serious damage control Sony is going to win this race and as a hardcore Xbox fangirl that makes me sad and angry. Excuse me now while I eat my feelings and rage quit for awhile. I need a burrito like Booker needs some Salts. GAME JOKE! yayyyyyy. :/

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