I had a chance to have a short discussion with the administrator for the facebook page Boycott Xbox One. It was a chance to understand the motivations behind the page and to get a better idea of the purpose behind it. We were unable to chat via skype, but the administrator was more than happy to answer my questions over private messaging. It is my hope to continue reaching out to these exceptional people who are doing their best to make a difference in the video game community and spread the word on it all.
Me: What got you into video games in the first place?
It was a Mega Drive game called ‘Eternal Champions’ which I saw being played in a youth club outside of my school back in 1994, it was then I realised that I was really into Beat ’em up games and then Street fighter II was next and it pretty much snowballed from there really. I continued my interest in fighting games in the next gen (ps1) but my interest in other types of games developed such as RPG (FF7) and adventure games.
Me: How long have you been a gamer for?
Since 1993, my mom bought me a Master System back then which had ‘Alexx the kid’ pre-installed but I rarely played the thing until I got hold of a Mega Drive the following year.
Me: Why a boycott?
A Boycott is the consumer’s weapon against companies who are pushing production onto the market that will do more harm then good.
Me: What’s your goal from the boycott?
The goal ultimately is for the Xbox One to not do well at all thus forcing Microsoft to re-release the console or some kind of a patch to undo the restrictions they have placed upon it but I should also point out that there is no Ms hate in my objective, I have no issues with MS at all, in fact there are few 360 owners who liked my page and the 360 is a good console so all this is about the console and making sure that people are aware of what they are buying.
Me: What’s been the reaction like so far?
The reaction has been wild! the page I run only has few hundreds but there are youtubers out there the likes of AlphaOmegaSin, Main Even TV, Angry Joe, GamingAnarchist and many others who have far reaching numbers of people who will spread the news which Microsoft are so desperately trying to bury and silence anyone speaking against it… so It’s going very well and I hope to see Gaming Ownership continue in the next generation of gaming so that our children may enjoy what we grew up with.
This is the first installment of what I hope to be a series of interviews with those people trying to make a difference in the video game community. Thank you for reading.