Oh The Relief
At the time of writing, the bombshell that Microsoft dropped is still fresh on the internet and in the minds of millions of gamers around the globe. Microsoft have listened, as they have stated themselves. As a Xbox gamer for 6 years now, this news couldn’t have made me happier. I’ve been pretty vocal in my distaste towards Microsoft’s policies and restrictions and have even went so far as proclaiming that I’m going to be getting a PS4 rather than the Xbox One. I also said that it’s a very difficult decision for me because I would be losing years of progress on my gamertag as well as my GamerScore which has been very important for me. Now Microsoft have pulled a full reversal and laid all my trepidations and concerns to rest. And I couldn’t be more relieved.
Throughout these past few weeks I’ve published a number of articles that directly attacked Microsoft in a very aggressive manner to the point where it started getting worrying. I did it for good reason though. This is the company that has provided me with years of entertainment on a platform that I thoroughly enjoyed. To see them lose their way like that was damaging for me and made me all the more angrier. To see a brand that I have adored for so long tarnish itself in such a harsh way made me extremely sad and disappointed. I even went so far as to not play my Xbox at all because I didn’t really see the point in it. At this point in time I haven’t switched the thing on for days now.
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The joy that I’m feeling can’t be described. It’s just overwhelming to know that I do not have to completely destroy my gaming identity and start completely from scratch on a platform that I’m only vaguely acquainted with. It’s a wondrous occasion and I’m very happy to have been a part of this sort of uprising as it were. You may say that the policy changes have been done because of pressures from Sony and all the market share stuff, but I thoroughly believe that the fact that we gamers stood up and made our voices heard had no small part in it. If we just accepted Microsoft’s policies and said nothing of it further do you really believe that Microsoft would have so drastically changed their tune?
We gamers did something amazing. We convinced a multi-billion dollar corporation to admit that they were wrong to impose such policies onto us and we wouldn’t just take it lying down. The evidence is there. Hundreds of Youtube videos from gamers of all calibres, thousands of articles such as mine that professed our distaste towards Microsoft’s choices and millions of gamers making their voices heard. It’s great that we have the power to pull of this momentous change in the gaming industry.
All this, however, doesn’t excuse Microsoft from putting these policies there in the first place. I’m still angry and disappointed that they went against the wishes of gamers and decided to impose their own idealistic view of gaming while in the process considerably damaging their fanbase. It’s still horrible that they did all this and I’m going to be very cautious in trusting them when the next generation finally arrives. They have done some serious permanent damage to their reputation, but thankfully they did see the error of their ways and gave gamers what they have wanted.
Now, I’m hearing from various individuals that this change is just going to keep console gaming the way it is and no innovation is taking place. I must disagree on that rather firmly. Just look at all the innovation and changes that happened with the Xbox 360 and the core principles and practices remained the same throughout the console’s entire lifespan. These restrictions and policies actually hindered the advancement process and now that it’s gone, some real innovation can take place. We are losing some things that are rather cool such as shared libraries and game installation, but frankly I couldn’t care less. If I had to sacrifice those features in order to game the way that I want to, then I would happily do it a million times over with no regrets.
So, yes, I’m giddy as a schoolgirl right now because I can finally be excited for the next generation of gaming like I wanted to be this whole time. I can finally look forward to playing games like I could never play before on a platform that I have loved for so many years.
I’m finally happy again.