“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.
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Last Updated: July 10, 2013
Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew
July 10, 2013 at 09:08
Shouldn’t they rather be petitioning Microsoft to rather allow features for those who can use it instead of forcing MS to just bring back the always on nonsense?
Surely people can think a little and realise that Microsoft, one of the biggest and brightest software companies in the world, are quite capable of making a system that is both online and offline?
The petition shouldn’t be forcing online it should be petitioning a little innovation from MS to allow a hybrid system.
Still stand by what I said previously, a hybrid system is possible.