Okay, so I recently found out that fans have started a petition asking Microsoft to restore the DRM policies it reversed following E3. (Which can be found here)
According to the organizer, David Fontenot, he asks Microsoft to “give us back the Xbox One we were promised at E3.”
“This was to be the future of entertainment,” the petition says. “A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers uncertainty. We want this back. It can’t be all or nothing, there must be a compromise.”
So let me get this straight… you want Microsoft to put the DRM policies back into the Xbox One?
WELL… what do the fans have to say about this (note: this an actual comment from the petition site):
“I don’t want to pay 400 – 500 for a console that essentially looks prettier but does the same exact things current gen does. MS was just trying to pave the way towards the unavoidable digital future all consoles will follow, if not this gen, then next generation, being innovative just as they were last generation with Xbox Live. Granted, I didn’t agree with all the policies brought forward but at least I understood the end goal and it wasn’t as such a big deal for me. They said their stuff straight forward and took the heat while Sony innovated nothing, changed nothing and helped feed peoples fear that change is bad and that it’s good to pay again for what you already have and can do. Sony said what people wanted to hear and only later revealed the truth of their policies in small interviews after E3. Who is the better company? The one that says things upfront in front of the world or the one that lurks in the shadows about the reality of what it’s bringing forward? It’s sad so many gamers are so short sighted.”
Excuse me? “Unavoidable future”? “Innovative”? “Straight forward”? “Change is bad”? “So many gamers are so short sighted”?
Fans and critics alike have made their arguments against the DRM policies very clear from the beginning. Nobody wants restrictions. Nobody wants always-online DRM. Nobody wants the game rental businesses to become obsolete. Nobody cares about the goddamn new-age console that’ll blow everything else out of the water!
What we care about is our games. What we want is our gaming experience, and for that experience to be available to as many people as possible. I want my friends to borrow my games, and for me to borrow theirs. I want to play my games whenever I want. I want to buy used games if I’m short on cash, and to sell my games in whatever way I see fit.
Complete freedom, choice, and flexibility in my gaming experience. That’s all I want. I don’t care about anything else that the “new age” is supposed to offer.
If innovation is so important, then it has to be in the benefit of the consumer, not at their expense. By having the DRM policies in place, you’re making it even harder for people without access to internet to play games.
“No one cares about people who can’t afford internet in this day-and-age”?
What about third-world countries? Like Australia or Africa? What about people living in rural areas or on social insurance? And perhaps more importantly…
What about men and women serving in the army? Those people are almost always in other countries, risking their lives on a daily basis, hardly ever getting the chance to see their family & loved ones, if ever. The only thing they have to look forward to are video games – games sent to them from their family & friends at homes, so they can play away and have something else to talk about… something other than war.
Do you really want to deprive them of their gaming experience? People who put their lives on the line just so we can live freely and comfortably?
Is this really the future of gaming we desire? An elitist community where only those with all the time in the world, and the money for constant internet access, can play games and have the best gaming experience?
Is this what you want? Is this what any of us want?
Those are my thoughts, gamers and otakus. What about you guys? What are your thoughts on the DRM policies? Are you okay with things going this way within the gaming community? Post your thoughts below, I’m curious to see what you guys think of all this.
Don’t worry, I won’t get mad. ^_^
This post was directed solely towards that petition. I’m completely against the idea (if it wasn’t obvious enough, heh heh), and if Microsoft does change their mind, well… then I’ll never trust them ever again. So spread the word; send this article to as many people as possible, or something like that. We NEED more people to be aware about what DRM policies truly mean for the gaming community, and what it’ll mean for us if those polices do end up coming back.
This is Kenta Misaka, and thanks for reading. 😀