Cliffy B isn’t happy with the Xbox One about turn

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He's pretending that the tree is a used game

Well done Microsoft, well done. You’ve listened to the fans, you’ve made some good policy changes and now Don Mattrick can finally sleep at night without waking to find burning Xs on his lawn. This is news that will make people happy. Unless they happen to be Cliff Bleszinski, it seems.

Asked for his opinion on the Xbox One reversing its DRM decisions, the former Gears of War producer said that “More studios WILL close and you’ll see more PC and mobile games,” via CVG. Targeting the great demon of gaming, used games sales, Bleszinski reckons that that secondhand market would be the end of us all in the next-generation.

Yep, once again it’s all the fault of consumers for daring to choose not to pay full price for a game on day one, as their very actions will DOOM the entire industry. “Brace yourselves,” Bleszinski said .





As for who drove the change to Microsoft being forced to reconsider their policies, Blesznski reckoned that it wasn’t the gamers and their lengthy campaigns that had any effect. It was all Sony.




Urgh. I’m genuinely happy that the Xbox One is going to be a helluva lot more friendly towards gamers now. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s a truly fantastic console that was hamstrung by some poor decisions from Microsoft management, decisions that have now been killed off.

Of course, the only sticking point will now be the higher price tag, but if Microsoft can communicate why an improved Kinect sensor is worthwhile added cost, and the latest console war is going to be something to behold.

And it won’t be because of those damn consumers and their lack of cash for bloated game development projects.

Last Updated: June 20, 2013

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