E3 is supposed to be a big deal in gaming, an event that focuses on games and fun; Microsoft, however, seems determined to suck all the fun out of it.
First, Don Mattrick, XBox One Director, is tired of people complaining about the requred internet connection and is frustrated people continue to ask him questions about it. It's almost like, he may have been helming a team that made a bad decision or something.
In an interview with SpikeTV, Mattrick had a 'great' product for players that don't want to deal with the online check-in: The XBox 360!! That's right gamers, you can just keep on using your seven+ year old console if you don't like their new product.
I'm fairly certain that Sony came up with a better alternative Monday night myself.
Then, Yusuf Mehdi, XBox Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer (Do these titles need to be this long?), feels that they simply need to educate people about their licensing and used games policy.
Again, touting how they are gracious enough to allow gamers to lend their games out to up to ten "family" members or even let people play on your XBox One.
Although to be fair here, publishers are the ones that have been pressuring Microsoft and Sony for some sort of DRM. I mean, did anyone actually believe EA got rid of the 'season pass' system out of the kindness of their hearts? No, it was because it will be built in to the new consoles and in fact, even Sony's system allows developers to implement a form of DRM.
The XBox One's need to check in every 24 hours though, tends to rub gamers the wrong way.
And the last bit of good news concerns your Microsoft Points. You know- those points you have to buy an uneven amount of to them turn around and buy something on XBox Live? Often leaving you with extra unspent points.
Well, spend those within a year of Microsoft switching over to using actual money, or you'll lose them. I'll let them "educate" you:
You will begin using local currency or an Xbox Gift Card (denominated in your local currency) to buy music, games, videos, and more from your favorite Xbox stores. When you use your existing Microsoft Points to initiate a purchase or redeem a Points card with your Microsoft account later this year, we’ll deposit into your account an amount of money equal to or greater than the marketplace value of your Microsoft Points, and your Microsoft Points will be retired. The purchased funds you deposit into your account after the transition will not expire. However, the funds we deposit into your account at the time of the transition will expire one year from the deposit date. - See MS Transition FAQ
So spend 'em while you got 'em.
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About the Author - Jeremy Shane
Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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