Molyneux: Xbox Bashing isn’t fair

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Former Microsoft employee, habitual liar,  crazy person, and current head of 22 Cans Peter Molyneux has said all the backlash and ire directed at Microsoft following its botched Xbox One reveal just wasn’t fair. In particular, he feels the hate they received for the perception that they were trying to control your gaming habits was misplaced.

“It’s quite an unfair thought that Microsoft are trying to control our gaming,” Molyenux told TechRadar. “…they’re trying to force us to be online all the time. [People] didn’t really think that through.”

Molyneux believes that Microsoft was looking towards a long-term strategy, but its mistakes opened the company up to a public flogging.

“I know Microsoft,” he continued. “I know they were only doing things because they thought they were long-reaching and long-thinking. But the world we live in now is that we have to realise, especially if you’re a big corporation, if you make one step wrong, the world will leap on you, and unfairly, very unfairly, they will judge you.”

“Like everything else in our world, when something turns slightly bad it goes very bad and you have to make big correctional steps to get yourself back on track.”

Microsoft has since done a 180 on just about everything people bitched about; there’s no always online DRM; there’s a headset included in the box and Kinect will no longer be required; the system is friendly to indies. The last remaining issue is the price – but I just don’t see that changing any time soon.

What do you think? Were people too quick to bitch, or has the moaning actually been a positive thing – giving us a next-gen console that’s decidedly more appealing than when it was first revealed?

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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