You do only what you can do, you tell the truth about how you feel.
Microsoft’s plan for Xbox One is contemptible. You won’t find any disagreement on that from me. And arriving at Microsoft’s post-conference party last night, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Embarrassment? Awkwardness? Oddly, there was none to be found beyond the few journalists who couldn’t seem to meet Microsoft’s eye and shambled instead, eyes-to-floor.
It was a happier mood than I was expecting following the open goal Sony hoofed that DRM-ball repeatedly into just an hour or two before. I tried to work out why. Why was it that Microsoft and its developers were here carrying on as if there was nothing wrong, as if the whole world hadn’t mere moments earlier jumped aboard the hate boat and were sailing at them four sheets to the wind.
Because they’re proud. Turn 10 smiling emphatically about its latest automotive masterpiece, Crytek pontificating over its superior tech. These guys live in their own world. A world shielded from Microsoft’s grand-scale corporate machinations. They have nothing to do but be here, proud of the amazing things they’ve created.
And I want you to spare a thought for them, as hard as that might be for some of you to swallow. Be angry at Microsoft, it deserves your anger. But remember, the casualty here is not the future of videogames.
Microsoft’s attempt at control of your purchased property will no doubt go down as one of those giant foot-in-mouth moments in the history of videogames. Like when Sony announced the price of the PS3, or when Nintendo decided the Wii U was a good idea (trollolloll).
If people don’t buy the Xbox One, Microsoft will have to do a U-turn. It’s that simple.
No, the casualty here is the literally stunning games I got to play on Xbox One last night. The amazing technology in Kinect 2.0, which even had this withered old hack clapping like a lobotomised gibbon. The casualty is that the excitement for these games fizzles out before they get the limelight they deserve. Before they have a chance to breathe. Tweet about it. Vent about it. Be angry, but just be sure who it is you’re angry at.
Remember: the developers are just trying to make brilliant games.