Microsoft Buys Xbone.com Domain, Calls It Disrespectful
Sometimes a teasing nickname cuts a little deep or it simply isn’t funny. Xbone is one of those nicknames that I actually found a little humorous initially because of how much more readily the name came to mind than Xbox One. It isn’t really funny anymore but purely because the novelty wore off.
Usually when the rest of us get called funny names, we either tolerate it or tell people to stop. Alternatively you can stab the offender repeatedly and violently and then smile disturbingly after.
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Microsoft isn’t most people, technically it’s not even a person. Only technically though. Instead, they sent out a list of approved and appropriate names to called the new Xbox by. Now they’ve decided to throw money at the issue.
Someone registered the domain ‘Xbone.com’ and though it is kind of funny in a depraved sort of way, I mean someone went through the trouble of actually spending money on that domain. Microsoft has now bought that domain because that’s how you stop people from calling your console bad names.
In earnest though, it was done because Microsoft executives felt that the quasi-contraction of the Xbox One name to Xbone was “disrespectful” to the people who had worked so hard to create it.
On Monday, Xbox executive Larry Hyrb was asked on NeoGAF what his views were on the tongue-in-cheek nickname. He responded:
“I don’t like it…it disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it’s cheeky but I don’t care for it myself.
Fusible reports that the domain was bought yesterday from an unnamed account holder.
While the company’s intentions are sound and definitely something I agree with, I don’t quite see how buying over a domain name solves anything beyond being a frivolous exercise in illustrating the degree to which it dislikes the Xbone label.
People will continue to use the name especially when bashing the console. Microsoft shouldn’t even pay them any attention. In the immortal words of the internet “haters gonna hate.”