Xbox One - Microsoft's Orwellian 'newspeak'

#1 Edited by MonkeyKing1969 (3024 posts) -

It occured to me while I heard the news that Microsoft was developing a system that allowed the earning of 'achievements' for watching televison that Microsoft was actually becoming Orwellian. I am not joking, its a little funny in that they have not yet succeeded, but there is a serious side to this was well. Think about it television watch is passive, in our own society by our own admission it is often seen as somewhat lazy. Televison watching is entertaining but we allso see sit as a bit of a time waster or sloth. So now Microsoft is telling us televeison watching is an achievement, or literally sloth is achievemnt.

That line of thought struck me since it could be applied to other concepts they are putting forward.

  • We cannot own software so... Ownership is perpetual rental
  • We cannot loan games to friends without them buying the game too so... Loaning is buying
  • The Kinect is always watching & listen so....Spying is service

Help me think of other Orwellian Newspeak concepsts Microsoft is wanting us to accept. I'm sure there are more, so help me collect these concepts togther.

#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

This sounds like a stretch.

#4 Edited by EXTomar (4943 posts) -
#6 Edited by Xymox (2115 posts) -

If you're gonna go orwellian on Microsoft why not liken the Xbone to the telescreen. Like you said, the kinect is always listening and watching.

#7 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (3024 posts) -

This sounds like a stretch.

Or am I merely committing thoughtcrime = the criminal act of holding unspoken beliefs or doubts that oppose or question the ruling party!!! Argggg!!

#8 Posted by EvilNiGHTS (1093 posts) -

This thread is ungood.

#9 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (3024 posts) -

They are constantly collecting data from their users so advertisements are research

That might fall under spying is service, but maybe paying twice should buy nothing.

#10 Posted by TooWalrus (13256 posts) -

If I remember right, didn't the Party use the telescreens to force employees to do calisthenics every morning?

...this is stupid. Get outta here with this.

#11 Edited by MonkeyKing1969 (3024 posts) -

"Who controls the past controls the future who controls the future controls the past...."

Err by the way "XBOX ...where... is... my remote?" I'll be damned if it doesn't seem like I do not control my television anymore.


#12 Edited by McGhee (6075 posts) -

This sounds like a stretch.

All corporations and governments have marketing people to put a positive spin on everything they do. This is not a stretch at all.

#13 Posted by Pynchon (30 posts) -

Not a huge stretch really:

"The telescreen recieved and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever the wanted to. You had to live- did live, from habit that became instinct- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized."

Course, telescreens weren't optional in 1984 and it was the state possibly observing you at any time. On the other hand we live in an age where people accept the use of social media like Facebook, Twitter and Google, and they've all had government assets ask them for their data on people they suspect of crimes, and to varying degree's protested or complied with that.

#14 Edited by IanMRountree (1 posts) -

Oldgamers unbellyfeel Xbone. Ownlife ungood when prolefeed plus-speedful.

#15 Posted by JouselDelka (966 posts) -

This thread is ungood.

Haha, good one.

#16 Posted by shivermetimbers (787 posts) -

Pornosec!

#17 Posted by zeeshanaayan07 (12 posts) -

microsoft xone technology is the brilliant in the level of game

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