Shame On Them: Microsoft
From the the beginning they were trying to do something new with the XBOX One and managed to piss off a portion of people in the process. Microsoft wanted to reveal what I can only call their Hydra; a beast of a console to master the realms of gaming, media, social networking, digital distribution, health, all while watching you with a robotic eye. They released their creation at an event well before E3. The reason? Well, they wanted to show the culture and tech reporters the newest gadget to be grace living rooms across the country come this fourth quarter. The event was not really oriented towards the gaming community despite them being invited. What gamers took away from it was "TV, Kinect, TV, Smartglass, TV, and it can play games too." What everyone else took away was "Oh, well that's neat piece of tech." Probably not the best way to talk about your new console, but if you have ever seen a new tech shown at E3 you know the first half of it is fucking borrrring nonsense about specs (which doesn't matter because that isn't why people buy consoles) and how you can use your console to do things that you own other devices to do already (Unless this one can blow you... Can it blow you?...No?... No it can't, never mind.). So good on Microsoft for trying to avoid boring the shit out of gamers.
Shame On Us: Gamers
So lets not get carried away, because I know we can. It is a new social default to collectively freak the dick out about most things, before knowing exactly what hell is going on. Though as I said before Microsoft kinda did set this up to be a shit-tastrophe. When it comes down to the nuts and bolts, not too much has changed except who is going to take the blame when you can't play your games later on. Since this change will not keep publishers from having their own DRM in games. Which might be worse since you will have to yell at every individual company when they load DRM onto a game rather than Papa XBONE. Thing is gaming is changing rapidly. Soon discs are not going to be a thing, you won't be able to trade it in, and you won't have the freedom to share or lend it (unless through some wibbledy-wobbledy licence business). In certain ways it seemed like Microsoft was playing the long ball. But the reactionaries out there said "Fuck That" and instead kicked them right in the long balls instead of finding out what the whole deal was.
initiative to get everyone wired up.
Shame On Me
A lot of these issues don't trouble me personally, so it might not be my place to drop knowledge. Hell I rarely fire up my Wii and R2-D2 360. My Laptop is my current gaming console (and when I have the chance, I want to build a gaming and entertainment rig for my apartment) thanks mostly to Steam. Though I am not regretting my move. I hate GameStop and have for years. The idea of trading in games for a pitiful amount of store credit is insane to me. Now I just wait for things I like to go on sale, if I want a better price (as well as variety). Plus more of the money goes to the folk who made the game rather than fucking GameStop. The line between these two pieces of tech are becoming slimmer and I wonder what the significant difference is going to be five years from now. Not too much I assume, though maybe a console with upgrade-able hardware or a system that will just stream games off a server like OnLive.
Personally I like to be rational and at this point it is a little bit too irrational to be care about who won the next console war (neither of these consoles is out yet), since they have hardly even begun. So...
Don't do that. You don't need another paperweight.