I'm not sure which part I find more disturbing about this. That even a single person thought of this idea and followed through with it, or that it's been happening enough to have a colloquial nickname. Sort of akin to that ridiculous trend a few years back where people were putting vodka directly into their eyes to get drunk.
This is just confusing. They had weeks before E3 to hear from people about many of these policies. Think of all the hours they spent in creating those video presentations. Days later, they pull it all back. They never really even made a case for why people should go with these changes. This had to of been far more than just "listening to feedback". They saw the numbers on something big that didn't look good and panicked. You don't invest the time and money into developing these systems and just drop them without a big reason.
I'm a little disappointed that they're backing off their stance. I was never going to buy an XBOX One, or an XBOX of any kind. I was looking forward to seeing how devastating the sales were going to be this holiday season. Poeple were naturally going to go with a system that was less restrictive and cost less.
@oginor: You can't use pre-sales as a factor of sales strength. That's the same mistake as the Wii U and the Vita. When Microsoft has their own PR guy going out there and telling military members not to buy the XBOX One because of the 24 hr. check. That's going to bite them in the asa.
I actually have to wonder about all the people who don't follow all the news on systems. How many will actually buy the XBOX One with no idea of all the restrictions it will have? We could see people buying and returning once they learn that.
It's a nice follow up to the previous article and the issue of sexism in the gaming industry. Job well done, Patrick.
Too bad so many of the comments are little more that ignorant bile. Yes, it's a stupid statue, but I can very much understand why people are bothered by it.
I don't think they were trying to be intentionally offensive, but it's the fact that it got that far into development that is worrisome. At no time did someone in authority ever say, "Should we really do this?".