Gamer Advocacy: Xbox One – what can be done?

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I’ve seen hundreds of articles decrying Microsoft and pointing out every problem the Xbox One has. So there’s no need to go over any of it. If you want opinions on it, check out any video game news website. You’ll be flooded with hundreds of articles on the horrible things Microsoft is doing. What I want to know is this: now what?

So you’re angry about what Microsoft is doing with used games, the Kinect always monitoring/the Big Brother is Watching attitude they’ve developed, the lack of backwards compatibility, and a host of other things. I’m glad you’re angry. Hell, I’m ecstatic about it. It shows you’re paying attention to what’s going on. And that’s a great thing. It means you noticed that the company is trying to get away with something that you don’t like.

It’s not enough to be angry. If you want to make a change, action is required. So what can you do?

  1. Join the twitter campaign to let your voice be heard. With all twitter campaigns, volume matters. In order for this campaign to succeed, it’s vital that as many people participate in this as possible. Click on these links. The first one is to protest the DRM
    http://www.xboxonenodrm.com/
    http://www.ps4nodrm.com/

    Hold The Line, a popular video game advocacy site, has a campaign encouraging people to send hashtag messages to many twitter sites to send an anti-DRM message.http://www.holdtheline.com/threads/ps4nodrm-campaign.5648/

  2. Join in on organized boycotts against the Xbox One. Microsoft is a business and money speaks volumes. An organized boycott is a great way for hundreds, if not thousands, of people to speak out in a unified voice. Also, it’ll have a better chance of getting media attention.
    https://www.facebook.com/BoycottXbox720

The most important thing about any advocacy movement is to get involved and stay involved. If you’re truly upset about what Microsoft is doing, and you want to be able to enjoy the future of gaming without worrying about DRMs or whatever else it is that concerns you, then now is the time to take action.

Good luck.

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The 8th Generation of Consoles

Welcome to the 8th Generation of gaming.

Wii U. Xbox One. Playstation 4. Are you ready for this generation? Are you excited?

I’m not.

Poor Mario

Poor Mario

The Wii U had a lackluster debut and has been stumbling ever since. 3rd party developers are still steering clear of the system because of incredibly awkward controls and disappointed specs. The Virtual Console’s still pretty fun, letting the gamer play games from past systems like F-Zero, Punch-Out, Super Metroid, Ghosts n’ Goblins, and so on. Outside of that, there doesn’t seem to be too much for the Wii U in the near future. It’s like Nintendo isn’t even trying with the system. Sure, there’s the occasional hit. But think about it..

Wii U came out November 2012… and it’s only sold 3 million copies. To make things sadder for Nintendo, the Wii console is outselling the Wii U. If Nintendo doesn’t turn this around soon, there’s no way they’ll come close to repeating the dominating performance they did with the 7th generation.

Seems accurate, sadly.

Seems accurate, sadly.

The Xbox One hasn’t even debuted yet, and it’s getting hammered by the gaming community. Concerns about the Kinect always being on, the cameras and microphones always monitoring, and licencing fees for used games are some of the many concerns people have about this system. Yes, you read that right. The system comes off as a creepy Big Brother (a la 1984) mixed in with a greedy SOB. Forcing gamers to pay extra for used games? Seriously?

I get how they are getting away with it legally with digital rights. This is legal. Sadly, this is also unprecedented. People have been buying used games for as long as there have been video games. This is the the first time a console is making the gamer pay extra for the game. And if the rumors are correct, the gamer will be forced to pay full price for the game.

Greedy pricks.

Pardon my language.

The only stuff that's known about the PS4

The only stuff that’s known about the PS4

All that Sony has to do is not screw up. They revealed the dual-shock controller and the motion sensor. Not much else is known. But based off the horrible press the Xbox One has and the abyssal failure known as the Wii U, Sony only has to present their console and say: “this plays games. Yay.” That’s it.

But is this really all we have to look forward to? Sony trying not to screw up…

Is there any hope at all?

Rumor has it, Steam is making a console.

Rumor has it, Steam is making a console.

Yes. Yes there is hope. Valve.

I think it’s time for a new system to step forward. And I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping that the rumors are true, that Valve is making a home console so gamers can download from Steam and play them just like any other console game.

What about you? Are you optimistic? Pessimistic? What are your thoughts on the 8th generation of video game consoles?