Originally Posted by Jeremy Anderson
I'm with you on that. It's so odd to me that people say, "We want something new and innovative!" Then when someone tries to give it to them, they say, "But... but... it doesn't work the way the old one did!" Make up your mind! It's such a strange sense of entitlement for the status quo, as if just because it's a game console, it has to do everything exactly the same way previous game consoles did. The worst is the people who throw out the theoretical situations. "But what if my internet goes down? Or 20 years from now, they shut down the servers?" Okay, so you're going to avoid (and possibly impede) the march of progress because of things that you have no reason to believe will happen... but because they MIGHT. One day. In the distant future, if at all. Those people should be asking themselves, "But what if one day, aliens come to the planet and disable all of our communications? How am I supposed to play video games during an alien invasion? WHY U NO PLAN 4 ALIENS, MICRO$UCK?"
Microsoft has a history of giving console gamers things they don't think they need at the time, then eventually come to expect as the standard. Ethernet on a console... putting a hard drive in a console... cross-game party chat... a matchmaking service with feedback/reporting... digital downloads... streaming services like Netflix... full-body tracking for motion controls. Every time, they're gambling on the trends they see in the industry, and now it's all stuff we just take for granted. Years from now, I think the things they're trying to do now that seem to have people so butthurt will be the new expectation. I think once people see how all of this comes together and just WORKS, they'll let go of their preconceived notions that they're basing on the status quo. And while Sony will do what they did with PS3 and adapt after the fact, Microsoft will have the better implementation, because they chose to push forward. Innovation vs. stagnation. I'll take innovation every time, even if it's unpopular.
You can complain all day long and they aren't going to change the fundamental thing they are trying to accomplish with this new system, nor should they based on your ridiculous sense of entitlement as far as how things SHOULD work, especially when they're the ones who have done a lot to define what those current expectations are. And those of us who see the path they're trying to lead us down and see that as a good thing are excited for it. This is no different to me than someone faced with a DVD player on one side and a Roku box on the other... one plays discs, the other needs the internet. Both things are designed to play movies. Don't have internet? Don't buy the Roku box. But what you don't do is keep whining that the Roku box needs internet to work and that they should have made it more like a DVD player, with the expectation that if you complain enough, Roku will fundamentally change the entire thing they're trying to accomplish with their product. That's just ridiculous, especially with the advantages the Roku box brings to the table over a DVD player as far as instant access.
The bottom line is... This is something new. This is what it does. This is why it does it. If you're not cool with that, don't buy it. It's really that simple.