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Dear Internet: It’s Finally Time to Stop Hating Microsoft

by GH Staff
Xbox One

Dear Internet,

I know it’s been a while since we spoke, but I think I’ll have to get right to the point. I’ve heard some things about you that aren’t very nice, and I’ve tried to ignore them, but no longer – is it true? After all this time, do you still hate Microsoft? I would appreciate it if you told me why.

Do you hate them talking about the Cloud, rather than showing it? No, that wouldn’t make sense, because they are showing it: with their demonstration at the 2014 Build Conference (that we learned is the basis for the next Crackdown release), and their work with Illyriad Games on Age of Ascent and its 100,000 player support. Do you expect them to stop talking about it altogether, or to deliver it straight away? Because I don’t think either of those will happen, seeing as it takes time to implement these things on the large-scale Microsoft wants.

Seeing as it’s not Microsoft’s talking that you hate, is it because they’re spying on you? Well, they aren’t really – didn’t you read their privacy statement? I swear, you’re very forgetful sometimes. Here are some key points to refresh your memory: the Kinect doesn’t actually take pictures of your face; rather, it “measures distances between key points on your face to create a numeric value that represents only you.” Furthermore, the statement clarifies that this information is on your console only, and isn’t shared with anyone. Other such collected information is also stored locally, and they can’t share any of it with a third-party without your express permission.

Speaking to Verge, Microsoft stated that “Absent a new law, we don’t believe the government has the legal authority to compel us or any other company that makes products with cameras and microphones to start collecting voice and video data, and we’d aggressively challenge in court any attempts to try and force us to do so.”

See? Microsoft aren’t spying on you with the Kinect, or any other peripheral on the Xbox One, so you can remove your tinfoil hat. But it really couldn’t have been the spying that was the problem, because that would have been silly, right? Especially seeing as how you can turn off your Kinect’s sensors in your Xbox One’s settings, or not even plug it in.

 

Don Mattrick Microsoft Xbox One reveal

It’s not Don Mattrick you hate, is it? Because that wouldn’t be very nice, Internet. Also, he’s left for Zynga

 

So if it’s not the spying that troubles you, is it all their reversals? That’s a fair point to raise, especially seeing as how Microsoft and their aims for the Xbox One were convoluted at the reveal, and only became more confusing. There were a lot of issues with DRM, the Kinect, and a few of their policies, the confusion around which generated from poor communication on their part. Eventually, they sorted themselves out, launched the console, and are on their way back to winning favor – your favor, as a matter of fact.

The reason Microsoft made so many changes to the Xbox One is because of you, Internet. You didn’t like what they revealed, and you voiced your outrage. This is fair enough, because not everyone likes the same thing, especially concerning DRM’s involvement. So they removed it because you told them to. They didn’t want to sell you a product you don’t want, so they changed it to suit your demands, and now you hate them for it? I suppose you don’t like that they have a website specifically devoted to user feedback, either. That would be pretty silly if you did; almost as silly as demanding Microsoft change their product, and then lamenting them for doing so. You wouldn’t do that, would you?

If it isn’t the reversals, it’s the games, right? Games are the heart of any gaming console, so it makes sense if someone takes issue with the games available for it. Actually, I don’t think I understand – do you like the games available on the Xbox One? Do you hate them? Do you hate people who like them? That last one is pretty extreme, I know you wouldn’t do something like that. Given that, it’s your opinion to like or dislike the games available on the Xbox One, but it’s definitely not something worth hating Microsoft over.

What else is there? I’ve asked you about privacy, 180s, games… Ah yes, the initial reveal! Microsoft revealed their console to the world in May last year – wow, that’s over a year ago! Seeing as a gaming console is no doubt going to include games – and a new console needs new features – they started the with the new things they added, which include voice commands and TV integration. I don’t use the TV aspect, but I understand other people might. Is that the issue you have? That you don’t like TV? Or is it that you didn’t like their focus on TV?

The latter would make more sense if they remained focused on it – which they didn’t. At E3 last year, in the months before launch, and E3 this year, they showed off game after game after game. And you still think they’re focused on TV? That’s a bit ignorant, Internet, even for you.

 

Why did you buy an Xbox One meme

 

So if that’s not the problem you had with their reveal, it must have been the DRM, right? That’s the only other thing I can think of, and it’s an issue that bears some weight to it. Though it didn’t affect me directly, some aspects of Microsoft and their DRM were quite bleak – including the infamous 24-hour check-in, which would eliminate those not connected to the internet. That being said, it had some aspects I liked, which were the Family Sharing plan and the ability to play all your disc-based games without the disc.

But why would you still hate that? Microsoft heard you didn’t like it, so they changed it (remember those 180s we talked about?). DRM still exists in the world, but the 24-hour check-in and everything that came with it is a distant memory, so I know that’s not the part of Microsoft you hate. After all, who would hold a grudge for a full year after the fact?

Do you hate that they want your money? No, that’s not it. Because then you would hate Sony, Nintendo, Google, Woolworths, commercial airlines, TV stations, directors, authors, actors, the baker down the road, and pretty much anyone else that makes any kind of commercial product.

I love our little chats, Internet, but I’m still struggling with why you hate Microsoft. And when you write back to me, please be civilized and calmly explain why without getting mad at me again.

With all of those options eliminated, there’s only really one explanation: you hate Microsoft because you can. You constantly belittle those who bought the Xbox One, calling them ‘sheep’, ‘stupid’, and worse simply because they prefer a product you do not. You hate the thought of Microsoft and their console for the smallest of reasons, and because there aren’t many other logical reasons for you to do so.

But you wouldn’t do that, would you? You’re better than that. Right?

 

From your dear friend,

Alex