The Xbox One will be available in stores on November 22nd and the Playstation 4 on November 15th. Every magazine and website has an article or video that gives pro’s and con’s of each console and what gamers should consider when purchasing either system. For those who live by the wisdom of when you see a fork in the road, you take it, and will undoubtedly purchase both consoles, be excellent and enjoy. But I, only intending to own one console, am breaking up with Microsoft. It’s been a lovely and often times frustrating relationship but it’s time to return to my first true love, which is the Sony Playstation. When available, I will be purchasing the Playstation 4 and playing the lovely stuffings out of The Order: 1886.
A lasting relationship requires an individual to look beyond the things that frustrate and irritate and prosper in the amazing attributes of the person or object of affection. With My Xbox 360 I did just that. I trudged past discs being destroyed by the console, the corrupted data files, the game freezes, and even dealing with the console completely crashing. And the irony of my XBox 360 crashing was not lost on me. I found it amazing that the ONLY thing that worked once the Xbox 360 gives it’s own version of a death rattle is a ring of red flashing lights. The red ring says “huh, guess I’m broken now”. As if the implementation of deductive reasoning would not have helped me arrive at the same conclusion without the bright flashing red lights. That’s irritation and frustration speaking. But then there were the good times that make me think fondly of my Xbox 360. For instance, the time I started playing Skyrim when the sun was still out and when I finally stopped playing, the sun was about to rise again. Or the time that I played Borderlands 2 so much, that walking down the street during the evening, I froze mid stride because I mistook someone’s child up ahead for one of the weird bondage midgets from the game. So many other great memories to recall but there are other reasons why it’s just not going to work anymore. This is one of those instances where it’s not necessary to say ” no, it’s not you, it’s me” and exclaim with great release, “It has nothing to do with me, it has everything to do with you”.
Now before continuing I want to add a disclaimer: I do not think that Microsoft is an evil corporation doing evil corporationy things nor do I think that Sony is the golden, cute and cuddly Care Bear of corporate entities. Both are equally amazing when it comes to providing gamers with great consoles that afford endless hours of entertainment and equally amazing with their respective frustrating attributes. Technology has made it apparent that the times are changing. It became more evident last week when Blockbuster gave its last gasp of life and expired. Music, movies, and video games are becoming digitized and eventually will only be available in downloadable form. Though I’m excited about this change, I realize what this means for gamers. Microsoft and Sony would be less inclined to reduce game prices once they’ve been on the market for six months or longer and GameStop much like Blockbuster will have expired and become another footnote in video game history. But we’re not there yet. Microsoft wanted to leap ahead and discontinue used games on their new console. And that’s around the time when I started metaphorically texting Playstation without my Xbox 360 knowing.
When Microsoft announced the Xbox One it made two bold statements. 1) that used games would not be playable on the Xbox One and 2) the Xbox Kinect would be included and would have to be left on in order to use the console. Both are non issues now as consumer feedback forced Microsoft to change its policies. Should Microsoft be hailed for listening to gamers and making the change? Not in the least. Microsoft used press releases for free marketing feedback. It was intelligent because if their announcements didn’t raise the ire of gamers, they would move ahead as planned and force Sony to do the same and if it didn’t work, Microsoft would discover the limit of their boundaries and appear as if they are concerned with how their customers respond. That’s the equivalent of telling your significant other who loves cookies, that he or she is no longer allowed to eat cookies and that every day he or she will have to check in to tell you they’re still cookie free. Not going to happen. So your significant other angered by the idea of not eating cookies transforms into the Incredible Hulk and ends all notions of a cookie free world and you say “I would never do that! I was just kidding”. Then you mumble under your breath “but one day I’ll take your cookies for good”. If I were the significant other, I would start to hide my cookies. As the lyrics of Billy Joel go “It’s a matter of trust” and all good, long lasting relationships have it. Microsoft lost mine through this whole process. In a market where there is so much money to be made, and there being almost the minimal amount of options to be had when it comes to gaming consoles, as a gamer I’d like to make a small choice that makes me smile. Playstation! I’m coming for you!
And yes, I’m available for gaming as well as relationship advice.