For better or worse(okay, for worse), no company has been in the lips and fingers of gamers lately like Microsoft has. The X-Box One(XB1) reveal an subsequent details on its operation, policies and DRM/used game sale measures have caused the internet to explode with an intensity rarely seen short of monumental events like natural disasters or major political upheavals. Quite simply, it’s this gaming generation’s “Kennedy got shot” moment: everyone can easily tell you when and where they were when they got the news and what they felt at the moment.
Many people are prophesying the end times for gaming, seeing MS’s draconian policies as proof that the gaming industry is now headed towards a dark age. But me, I see something else. People are saying that MS has just put the ball in developers’ court and that they can now use the consumer as they see fit in their effort to earn more money, but what’s actually happened is something I consider even more dramatic: Microsoft has, inadvertently, just empowered the gaming consumer to a level never before seen in gaming, perhaps even financial, history.
Now you may be asking how the hell this is the case when one sees all the different policies and “features” the XB1 has that are geared towards limiting the consumer’s right of ownership and control over their purchase, but that’s the thing: unless Sony dramatically changes their strategy for worse and services such as Steam and GOG immediately stop giving gamers good values for the money, the gaming console war has now become a polarized affair. In previous generations, barring personal tastes in games and substantial hardware advantage, gamers of any console could expect to have a relatively similar experience as consumers. Some services might have seemed less of a good investment than others, but on the whole, gamers of, say, the PS3, X-Box 360 and PC didn’t really have much to really hold over the users of other consoles as a really palpable advantage or disadvantage. With the unveiling of the XB1, however, the dynamic is drastically changed: consumers are now seeing very clear, avoidable disadvantages when deciding how to use their dollar. The console has very disadvantegous features and policies that the gaming consumer can easily avoid. Microsoft is basically making a console that embodies the concept of the corporate entity over the consumer. It provides immense advantages for publishers and Microsoft itself in handling consumers directly and manipulating their purchasing power. But in doing so, they have also given consumers immense power in refuting these companies’ policies.
This holiday season has the possibility of going down in history as a benchmark win for the consumer against corporate abuse, and the way to achieve this victory is simple: DO NOT BUY THE X-BOX ONE. Buy a PS4, a PC, even a Wii-U, but not a XB1. Even if you’re a diehard fan of Microsoft’s franchises, don’t do it. Most of the games that’ll come out for the XB1 will be available on the other consoles, so there’s seriously no excuse. Publishers that made games for the XB1 will see that the same game sells MASSIVELY better on the other consoles and be forced to cater to the consumers of those consoles. This means that they cannot impose on them the same policies that MS is allowing them to enact without control on the XB1. This sends a clear message: we, the consumers, are the ones in control, not you. We can now have games on OUR terms. You may own the rights to any game you make, but we’re the ones who BUY it. You will NOT make profit without us, and any measure you take to squeeze money from us without giving us benefit in return will not be allowed.
Brothers and sisters, the ball is in our court, and we must stand strong. We must not allow ourselves to be fooled and tempted. Even if Microsoft offers us the world, we must not budge. Even if they actually pull back and eliminate every gripe we have about the XB1, we must still not support it to give Microsoft and the companies that supported them the clear message that even IMPLYING that we’d have to go through such ridiculously anti-consumer policies is something we will not forgive nor forget. We are the ones who keep the industry alive, both with our dollar and with our ranks who join the creators and are the future of the industry. If we play our cards right, we will make history. Financial textbooks on college courses around the world will use the XB1 as a case study of the consumer triumphant over the corporate entity. Let me say it nice and explicit to make it sink in: DO NOT FUCK THIS UP. DO NOT BE A DRONE. DO NOT LET THEM WIN.
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Wow, gracias! Hace tiempo no toco el Tumblr, deberia meterle mano con mas reviews.
I dreamt I did a review with Lindsay Ellis in which she was dressed like Judge Dredd, I was dressed like Batman and we were dancing and singing with a Black gospel choir. My subconscious is a weird place sometimes.
I’m the one who posted this secret, and for the life of me I can’t remember what the hell we were reviewing. I do hope to share a review with her someday if my stuff is good enough, she’s one of my absolute biggest inspirations in the reviewing community(along with Kyle Kallgren and Diamanda Hagan).
I love MarzGurl’s videos about Final Fantasy 13. The first one helped me figure out what my problem has been with the series since FF10. I hate how mean people are to her about it though. She makes good and informative videos and I hope she continues.
The more obsessed Final Fantasy fans tend to get pretty damn butthurt over their franchise getting bashed. Every fan that says that people bash FF13 cause they didn’t give it a chance and that the game gets REALLY good after 25 hours of gameplay needs to realize that we don’t owe Square Enix anything to have to sit through 25 hours of monotony and stupidity just to get to the alleged “good” part of a game,
I don’t have any incentive to play FF anymore. The Persona series replaced it as my JRPG franchise of choice loooooooong ago.
I think a site move might be in order for E-Rod. Maybe move to The Agony Booth or NerdVice. He’s certainly talented enough to deserve his spot on TGWTG, but maybe he’d fit in better with people from the other sites. I know he gets along great with Jerry Nava, The Film Renegado.
And don’t think this is a knock against him, it’s a knock against TGWTG as a whole for not making him feel welcome there. It’s kinda sad, really, he’s genuinely funny, has a very defined topic for his reviews and his characters are hilarious. I honestly don’t know why people have it in for the guy.
(They are awesome. <3 - Pink)
I sent this in, and another thing I left out(out of respect for Spoony) is that I remember the breakup with Scarlett, and that seriously messed him up for a while, I was really sad for him. Seeing him happy and enthusiastic with a girl again is seriously d’awe-inducing.
I’m the one who sent this one in, and I too am very annoyed at how much crap people give E-Rod, when I think he’s seriously very funny and talented. Oh, and while I mentioned Nerdlinger’s my favorite character, I think the funniest skits E-Rod does are the movie pitches by Fedora Freddie. Not only are they hilarious, but they also serve as a great representation of the demented focus-group creative process and the serious disconnection between the average movie executive and the movies they churn out. It’s seriously great satire.
I was raised Catholic, but honestly lapsed into non-religiousness with time. I, however, still have a soft spot for The Prince Of Egypt, and recognize it as a wonderful film on its own merits. I’m really glad Doug feels the same. It’s still, to this day, Dreamwork’s best animated movie, IMHO.
That Guy With The Glasses Secrets: He’s Oan’s title card artist. Also the artist for a number of others,... -
He’s Oan’s title card artist. Also the artist for a number of others, but mainly Kyle’s.
Just to clarify, I’ve done one-off cards or card bases for other people both on and off TGWTG but I’ve only ever been Kyle’s official full-time artist. Otherwise I’m just friends with a lot of the folks on…
You saying you hug people with pencils is the most adorable thing I have ever heard or read an artist say, Ven :)
(Most of my best friends these days are from the TGWTG fandom. It’s my second family and my home. -Pink)
I’m the one who wrote this, and I’m not joking, I love you guys. Puerto Rico is a very narrowminded, shallow culture, and I’ve always been an outsider for being a fanboy and intellectual. You guys always cheer me up by making me realize I’m not alone, and when I move to the States, all of you are always welcome at my house :)
Kyle mentioned on Twitter that he wants to review the movie, but right now he wouldn’t be able to condence his thought to no less than about three hours, because there’s an unbelieveable amount of things to discuss.
So, looking forward to that —JQ
3 parter? Let’s make it a Jodorowski saga Kyle, Topo, Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre in a row! you know you want to ;)
(I am so not ready yet either)
YOU ARE BOTH PUSSIES. YOU HEAR ME?? PUSSIES!!! I TACKLED FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA FOR PURE SHITS AND GIGGLES WHEN I WAS ALMOST A DECADE YOUNGER THAN BOTH OF YOU!
And you call yourselves critics. I can out-critic the two of you put together tackling symbolism in Mexican arthouse cinema!
I CHALLENGE YOU BUGGERS FORTHWITH TO PROVE ME THE LESSER PENCIL-WIELDING DINKUS AND DO JODOROWSKI! DO JODOROWSKI LIKE A 3-CENT WHORE!
Once I start my reviews, if I ever got big enough to earn a crossover with Kyle, I’d KILL to do this one with him. Any Jodorowsky movie, really, I LOVE El Topo and Santa Sangre.
Oh, and Jerry, LOVED your review of Fando Y Lis :)
And Ven, Garcia Lorca ;_; Few deaths are as completely cruel and undeserved as Garcia Lorca’s death. Awesome playwright and poet. La Casa De Bernarda Alba is a masterpiece.
(Source: tgwtgsecrets, via gethenian-deactivated20130219)
I’m planning on doing a review show while I’m deployed in Egypt with the Army, in part to stave off boredom and in part to prove myself that I can, but mostly cause Brows Held High is my favorite piece of online entertainment and I want to attempt to be at least a fraction of the professional and entertainer Kyle Kallgren is.
(Best of luck with that! And have fun!- Hatted)
I’m the one who wrote this, BTW. I don’t really feel I need to keep it secret :p
“Out of all the reviewers on the site, the one I wish the most I knew in real life is Oancitizen/Kyle. I wish I had known him in college, taken classes with him, and engaged in debates with him. I think I would have had a blast if we could have been study buddies.”
Pssst, remember his kickstarter!
I feel the same. He has the perfect balance of being an intellectual and really damn funny at the same time. One of my goals in life is to buy him a beer sometime.