Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Microsoft Creative Director: “Sorry, I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always on’ console,”


Yeah, it's really shaping up to be a great time in the game industry, at least if you happen to be looking for people saying what might literally be the most fucking stupid shit imaginable. If that's the case then right now it seems to be a veritable cornucopia of wealth. When I concluded yesterday by saying that EA's stupid statements weren't even the end of such things, this is directly what I was referring to, a little incident that I've been personally referring to as #dealwithit debacle.

To set the story: with the next generation of consoles swiftly coming upon us thanks to the announcement of the PS4 and the WiiU already being on the market, people have been both excited and perhaps a smidge afraid. The excitement is over what new things that the next generation might bring to the table, and in a way the fear is about that as well. Things like the used game markets, and obtrusive anti-piracy measures have been lingering questions in the minds of those who have taken an interest in the next generation offerings of Sony and Microsoft.

With Sony still sort of dancing around the question of whether the PS4 will support used games (it's not as clear cut as some may think, at least at this point), and with pretty much next to no information about what the next Xbox will actually be like or even do, there's a lot of concern that things may take shapes that gamers are hardly going to be thrilled with.

And that's the kind of atmosphere that was prevading when Microsoft Creative Director Adam Orth gets on twitter with this gem: "Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an "always on" console. Every device is now "always on". That's the world we live in. #dealwithit"

Yep, that's an employee of Microsoft, and one that has a position that isn't exactly just a cubicle grunt or anything, telling people that if the next generation of game consoles is going to need to always be online, then they'd be better off just to stop bitching about it. Because we've seen how well some games recently have incorporated always online functionality, which is to say that they crashed and burned.

After Bioware designer Manveer Heir called Orth out on what he'd said the two basically had a back and forth which, well, makes Orth look like a giant ass. His rebuttal to Heir's saying that there are places with less than stellar Internet options was, "Why on earth would I live there?" Way to show a lot of tact there, Orth

I am aware that, as the first article I linked mentions, that Orth and Heir have claimed to argue and banter back and forth like this all the time, including the city stuff. However, When you're posting something to the Internet on a public site like twitter then maybe you should be more careful about what you say.

Has this been blown out of proportion somewhat? Probably. I'm willing to admit that. However, given that this is coming in conjunction to or on the heels of the rumor that the next Xbox might implement the very always online system that Orth was attempting to defend, you can't blame people for thinking that this might be a somewhat subtle glimpse of the future.

It is of note that Microsoft has apologized for Orth's comments, but they've also not denied the possibility either. While they may not be quite as blunt as Orth, it might be that if such an implementation comes to pass that people may indeed "deal with it" by not buying an Xbox at all.

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