When Microsoft finally threw in the towel and scrapped their proposed DRM plans for the upcoming Xbox One, a collective sigh of relief was breathed by everyone. Well, not entirely.
There are some who actually believed the promises that Microsoft used to justify such policies, which many found to be incomprehensible at best. Absurd, invasive, and hostile are some of the more severe descriptions that were also used.
MS claimed that redefined ownership rights and mandatory online check-ins were bold steps forward towards a brighter future for video games.
As a result, a petition has been established, to convince Microsoft to go back to the original plan. David Fontenot, the person behind it, states:
“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.”
Believe it or not, Fontenot is not the only person who was disgusted by Microsoft scraping their grand vision. Said individuals have also stated that if the initiatives were simply better explained, the gaming public wouldn’t have been so up in arms. They also lament how MS caved into what they perceived to be a vocal minority.
Is this why the petition has thousands upon thousands of signees? Not really. More than a few are using the platform to point and laugh at the believers:
“ill sign to help ps4 so we have no stupid people on the same console as me.”
“I love restrictions. I want always online DRM. I want the game rental business to become obsolete. I don’t want to let my friends borrow games, because fuck them.”
“Because I seriously want to see Microsoft never make another video game console ever again if their fans are such tools.”
“I am signing this because i am getting a ps4 so basically i do not care”
“Some people just want to watch the world burn.”
And so on, and so forth. Though among those who seem to actually support the petition, the vast majority state that they’re disappointed with the lost of the proposed family share plan.