The petition to reverse the Xbox One DRM reversal

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“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” A guy with a cool hat and a silly beard said that once, and he was most certainly right. Microsoft’s DRM policy reversal has made a great number of people pretty happy, as they’ll no longer need to have a perpetual connection to the internet to play their offline, single player games. Others aren’t quite as pleased – and there’s now a petition asking Microsoft to reverse its policies once more.

“This was to be the future of entertainment. A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers uncertainty.

We want this back. It can’t be all or nothing, there must be a compromise.”

That’s the gist of the petition, created by David Fontenot on Change.org. And while it may seem that David’s a contender for the Darwin awards, in some ways I do agree with him. some of the policies were necessary for the features Microsoft had planned – and the console’s actually gone a bit backwards. That said, if taking a few steps backwards is better for the consumer in the end, that’s a good thing. Reverse it again though, and people will be forced to call it the Xbox 360.

Are you signing the petition?

Last Updated: July 10, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. 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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