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Friday, June 7, 2013

The #XboxOne is Anti-Consumer, We Need to Boycott

It's time to stop sugar coating this pile of shit. The Xbox One has been built from the ground up to be anti-consumer and anti-gamer. It's an absolute disgusting display of greedy corporations constantly striving to make more money.

With the release of Microsoft's policy yesterday, we - the consumers - now know what the real plan is. Only 'participating retailers' can resell games, third-party publishers can opt out of that entirely, games can only be shared one time, and an internet connection is required for Microsoft to ping your console every 24 hours.

This type of anti-consumerism has been happening for a while now even with the Xbox 360. While it's certainly not as severe as what we are seeing with the Xbox One, it's definitely there. Pay-to-play online and games that require online connections for constant updates are only the beginning.

What we are seeing with the Xbox One is the extinction of the consumer-led industry. If we, as the consumer, allow the Xbox One to be successful there is nothing stopping the rest of the world to follow Microsoft's lead. I'm not typically the guy that feels strongly about such events, but in this case I'm incredibly passionate.

The Xbox One needs to fail if we are to ever see another console built for gamers.
With the Xbox One we immediately see an era where we don't actually own our games. We can't trade them, resell them, or share them without Microsoft taking a share for their preferred retailers. In the policy itself, Microsoft writes that "We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers." Key words there being 'participating retailers'. They then go on to say that, "Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games." Which at first sounds like Microsoft isn't planning on making any money off used games.

But when read carefully, it certainly sounds more like this, "Microsoft is not going to charge a fee to sell used games. We are instead going to require you to trade at participating retailers, which Microsoft just so happens to profit from." Shortly after this little tidbit of bullshit, Microsoft writes, "Microsoft Studios will enable you to give your games to friends or trade in your Xbox One games at participating retailers. Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers."

That's not even the worst part of the whole thing. That comes in the last sentence which reads, "Loaning or renting games won't be available at launch..."

In other words, we don't own our games any longer. We are simply buying the rights to play these titles, only to have them taken from us when we want to sell, trade, or share them. Publishers can choose to not allow such a thing if they'd like. Can't afford a new game? Too bad sucka! We are Microsoft and we don't give a shit about your life!

It's not about the games any longer. It's about greed, wealth, capitalism, and the growing desire to simply make more millions.

Remember that disc you use to play said games? They aren't required with the Xbox One. Yay! Right?

Wrong. By eliminating the disc requirement Microsoft has officially rid of the ownership of the title itself. Now the game is installed and stored on the Cloud where Microsoft can do with it how they please. As soon as you decide to sell, trade, or share, the game is taken off your library. Sure you can do the aforementioned actions, but "... each game can only be given once." This is explicitly stated in the new policy.

So let's take a second to loop back on the policy about participating retailers being having the right to take trades. Now that we know each game only be traded once, Microsoft is doing nothing more than allowing us, the owner of these games, the right to trade them without a fee. Let's place the two quotes in the same paragraph below to better clarify.

"We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers...", but "... each game can only be given once." Oh thanks Microsoft. That's fan-fucken-tastic of you. You are too kind. Thank you so much for not charging me or the retailer a fee so that I can trade/sell the game that I originally purchased.

Is this shit even legal?

There's also this really funny piece to the policy that says Microsoft can choose to change these rules at any time.

Hey Microsoft, fuck you, capiche?

I'm not going to purchase the Xbox One. This will be the first major console that I have never owned and the first major one that I haven't been in line for at launch since the Super Nintendo. I simply refuse to be treated this way and strongly urge us as consumers to be smart about this. We are on a very slippery slope with the Xbox One. One that leads to the elimination of consumer rights.

It's time to boycott this mother trucker. Who's with me?

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