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Phil Spencer “gamers will come along”

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One of the most common discussions I’m currently having with gamers, colleagues and members of the industry is all about what Microsoft are doing. They appear to be making such a massive mess of things and are acting completely oblivious to the negativity.

Another fine example of this is a recent interview Destructoid had with Phil Spencer. Phil see’s the online requirement as a benefit and the way that the world is working.

The Xbox One has been designed to be constantly connected so that, in his words,

“I think the critical thing that people should get their head around is your social and gaming identity, and the content that is associated with your identity, and where your identity roams your content roams with you. It’s how you expect so much of your content to run today.”

"You want your library to move with you, you want your friends list to move with you. We think the investment in live that we’ve made over the last 8 years has been really important to growing that capability, and when you think about your gaming library associated with your identity is an incredibly important thing. We’re going through that transition right now and gamers will come along."

And I completely agree with him. The online library and interconnectivity of the Xbox One is awesome and I don’t think many people disagree with that Phil.

But Phil.. we’re not idiots and I for one don’t appreciate being treated like one.

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I love your vision but if I choose to disconnect my Xbox One I completely understand that I will lose that interconnectivity and online library. Same as when I take my Wifi only iPad on the road. I can no longer download new titles or music. And I’m really okay with that.

What I’m not okay with it that as when I’m disconnected you no longer allow me to play my offline games because you now presume I’m a thief. I’m not, it’s just that right now I can’t, or don’t want to, connect up to the Internet.

If my Kingdom Rush stopped working on my iPad when I left the house I’d freak.

It’s time Microsoft stopped being dishonest and simply admit that the online requirement is DRM plain and simple. Then we can start talking about how easy it is to fix this ridiculous issue and then we can start talking about how awesome the rest of the Xbox One is.

So Phil, take a step back. Look at how badly Sony started last gen. Remember how funny that was to you? Well Sony made a corporate video mocking you, yes it’s gotten that bad. Just stop and listen.

Side note.. look how amazingly sexy the retail box for the Xbox One is…

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Last Updated: June 12, 2013

61 Comments

  1. Jonah Cash

    June 12, 2013 at 13:07

    No Phil!!! We will not come along!!! You complete and utter dumbass!!!

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  2. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 12, 2013 at 13:11

    Once you climb aboard the fail train, you better just hang on and hope that the next destination is Moneyville…. I think at this stage, the top brass at Microsoft are just hanging on for dear life, and hoping that the shit storm passes. They’ve tried to dazzle gamers with some pretties. As we’ve seen today, some gamers were mesmerised, some are even defending Microsoft’s DRM policies (holy fuck), but fortunately, in some quarters, the pitchforks are still raised.

    Kitten in a glass included for cuteness!
    http://24.media.tumblr.com/0edabe631da4e80e02347a499e78155e/tumblr_mmedt93KSj1rjdfzto1_250.gif

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    • Brady miaau

      June 12, 2013 at 13:21

      awesome pic!

      So Awesome, I did not read your full post, kept coming back to kitty

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 12, 2013 at 13:23

        I had the same problem. That kitteh is awesome!

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    • Rinceyouropinion

      June 12, 2013 at 13:39

      Not sure if glass is half full or half empty 0-o

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 12, 2013 at 13:41

        No the glass is half purrrr-fect

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        • Rinceyouropinion

          June 12, 2013 at 13:41

          Go stand in the corner!

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 12, 2013 at 13:42

            Sorry 🙁

    • That Tall Twit

      June 12, 2013 at 13:56

      Isn’t that the more furriest, cutiest, little motherf**ker EVER!

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    • OVG

      June 12, 2013 at 13:56

      It is a total role reversal but there is no 1 year wait for the more expensive console that was a media player first and gaming console second. BUT after 6 years SONY finally beat Microsoft in SALES but darn it was a hard slog.

      Now they are releasing at the same time, cheaper, game centric, optional SPY cam, no DRM, second hand games allowed.

      You do not need to be PATCHER to know the ONE is going to be OWNED in worldwide sales by its competitor.

      Gamers will come along BUT SONY ALREADY FUCKING LEFT YOU IN THE DUST you arrogant elitist MOFOs.

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    • That Tall Twit

      June 12, 2013 at 15:17

      🙂

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  3. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    June 12, 2013 at 13:20

    *sigh* You know what… What Gavin said, I’m not going to rant because it just feels futile because when we say what Gavin has just said people like Phill come along and tell us that we should stop complaining because it’s what we want when all we actually want is choice. To be offline or on and when we are on to have great social services available and when we are offline to be able to still at least play our games.
    *sigh*

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  4. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 12, 2013 at 13:22

    This is really rape …. when you’re being raped or about to be raped, you don’t have a choice, you can’t say no, I don’t want to be raped. you just have to accept that you’re gonna get raped. The rapist will force themselves on you….this is ………..rape

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    • Brady miaau

      June 12, 2013 at 13:55

      Um, no. I do not know. i will take your word for it

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      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 12, 2013 at 13:57

        I haven’t been raped personally … but I assume it will happen that way

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    • Happy Hamster

      June 12, 2013 at 15:48

      Comes free with Xbox One

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      • Happy Hamster

        June 12, 2013 at 15:49

        included

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  5. RMKennySA

    June 12, 2013 at 13:25

    I could use the box.. I mean the cardbaord box from the packaging. Lots of uses. Begging.. building , making props.. All of these things can also be given to my friends when i’m done with it.. As for the console inside of it….

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    • Brady miaau

      June 12, 2013 at 13:55

      cats can play in them. Forts can be made. all sorts of things.

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    • Gustav Willem Diedericks

      June 12, 2013 at 15:16

      I will use it to store my PS4 in when going on holiday so it doesn’t get damaged 🙂

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      • Vampyre Squirrel

        June 13, 2013 at 09:44

        I wouldn’t subject a PS4 to that kind of humiliation.

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        • Gustav Willem Diedericks

          June 13, 2013 at 13:55

          Damn, you are right! What was I thinking!!! o.0

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  6. Todor Doutchevitch

    June 12, 2013 at 13:27

    I won’t be coming along. I already have something that puts restrictions on my gaming habits, and I call her “wife”. I don’t need another

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    • Rinceyouropinion

      June 12, 2013 at 13:40

      HAHAHAH! Nicely put sir.

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  7. Airborne

    June 12, 2013 at 13:30

    What I find astounding, is that there are gamers (not the schmucks at MS) that are willing to defend XBox… To attract new buyers, MS would have to do a complete about-face. There is NOTHING compelling me to buy an XBox, and telling me that I will “come along” REALLY? After I buy the PS4, I aint gonna come around… no way, no how…

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  8. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 12, 2013 at 13:30

    I think Phil borrowed one of Don Mattrick’s jackets.

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    • Rinceyouropinion

      June 12, 2013 at 13:41

      I want me a jacket like that, then I would be able to hide from the real world, and live in my own delusions!

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  9. John Ambitious

    June 12, 2013 at 13:35

    Not such a great 8-year investment, now is it?

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  10. HvR

    June 12, 2013 at 13:37

    “I think the critical thing that people should get their head around is your social and gaming identity..”

    aargh fucking facebook fucked up the whole tech center (everything must be social).

    Well Phil you go to hell, you go to hell and die!!

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  11. Rinceyouropinion

    June 12, 2013 at 13:37

    What you said Gavin. I love the idea of the library, but nobody but my blow up doll gets to tell me I have to be online, not even Phil Spencer.

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  12. Jakster

    June 12, 2013 at 13:37

    Simple Phil, sway publishers to support your platform and ditch Sony and you’ve started a new ecosystem below your thrown.

    Or since, Sony is on the verge of bankruptcy and their media division is been considered to be sold off, buy them out.

    Sony did this to the Dreamcast.

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  13. Trevor Davies

    June 12, 2013 at 13:38

    What the hell is my gaming identity?

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    • Rinceyouropinion

      June 12, 2013 at 13:38

      I don’t know! WHO AM I?!

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 12, 2013 at 13:42

        Who are you!? I don’t know! Who am I?

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        • John Ambitious

          June 12, 2013 at 13:47

          Wait, there’s two of us?

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 12, 2013 at 13:50

            What? Really? I’m confused!

          • Trevor Davies

            June 12, 2013 at 13:54

            When you say I’m confused do you mean I’m confused or you’re confused? WHAT IS GOING ON?

        • Wtf101

          June 12, 2013 at 13:48

          Who am I? I am Spiderman! I am always connected to the web. I have no problem with the Xbox One…

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 12, 2013 at 13:50

            Pfff. Yeah well like Spiderman the XboxOne isn’t going to be part of the Avengers any time soon 😛

            PS: I’m Iron man!

          • That Tall Twit

            June 12, 2013 at 14:05

            I am THE BATMAN!!

    • HvR

      June 12, 2013 at 14:35

      M$ also calls it the target anal insertion ID number..

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  14. Tbone187

    June 12, 2013 at 13:46

    Damn, that box does look nice…

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  15. Skyblue

    June 12, 2013 at 13:50

    Damn that is a beautiful box! Oh, and fuck you Phil, FIX IT, DON’T JUSTIFY IT!!

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  16. Trevor Davies

    June 12, 2013 at 13:55

    Saying the Xbox has a nice retail box is like saying an artwork has a nice frame :/

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    • Tbone187

      June 12, 2013 at 14:03

      It only becomes an issue if you comment on the frame before the artwork tho…

      Reply

  17. Deano

    June 12, 2013 at 14:00

    Pre-ordered 🙂

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  18. Khulani Ndlovu

    June 12, 2013 at 14:28

    This will take a lot of coming back, 😉

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  19. Zubayr Bhyat

    June 12, 2013 at 15:03

    I’m disappointed with MS. Simple solutions could’ve made things easier for them but hey – that’s their choice and tbh since this I’ve become a PS4 convert:

    http://go.ign.com/1buNwU7

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  20. Jakster

    June 12, 2013 at 15:54

    Mr G to the M is right yo! When you leave home with yo Xbox One in the mo’, you’ll expect your games to work for at least 24 hours before you start lending out physical copies.

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  21. bokka1

    June 13, 2013 at 07:05

    I have been a long time supporter of Xbox but in the last few days they have really fucked up their product. They have definitely lost touch with the realities of their gaming audience.

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  22. Mossel

    June 13, 2013 at 09:01

    I completely understand the always online thing, but what Microsoft doesn’t understand is that I also have a Telkom adsl line.

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  23. Mossel

    June 13, 2013 at 09:01

    I completely understand the always online thing, but what Microsoft doesn’t understand is that I also have a Telkom adsl line.

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  24. Kromas

    June 13, 2013 at 10:04

    This right here is the reason someone somewhere will hack it and piracy will reign over all. Good job Microsoft. Thank God I associate myself with the PC master race.

    Reply

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