Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values
Having integrity proves to the world that you are true to yourself and to others. It shows that you stand up for what you believe in, and against all odds, do not lose sight of yourself. Integrity should be the backbone of all companies and should be what we all strive for, each and every day. That's why, when Microsoft confirmed it would be abandoning its strict DRM and online requirements for the Xbox One, I was more upset than I thought I would be.
They are doing a complete 180 and removing all the DRM and always-connected restrictions from their newest console. While this is truly great for the Xbox One, it reveals the true face of Microsoft as a company.
Do you actually believe if Sony were to come out with these same policies we would even be having this discussion right now? There is no way Microsoft would have changed its tune if that were the case. They are a successful business. They are smart enough to know when they are losing a battle and are just following nature and adapting to their surroundings. All well and good, yet, what is most painful is the fact that it shows how they truly view us.
Microsoft is just playing to the wind. They are reacting to the horrible press and backlash they received and are trying to right the ship. While that is respectable, the past isn't so easy forgettable. You can't forget the fact that they tried to force us into these new laws and that people would suffer for no real, valid, reason.
You can't forget the fact that those people who are serving our country overseas or without broadband would not be able to play due to always-online restrictions. Microsoft chose the wrong path, plain and simple, and are now fixing it. Not due to a realization that what they were doing was wrong, but that a competitor forced their hand.
It would have been nice to see Microsoft stand up for its policies and show to the world what they were doing will benefit us and will change the way we play for the better.
All that aside, I think this is great for the Xbox One. It is great to see the gaming community rise up together and have their voice so clearly heard. I appreciate that Microsoft did listen and it will only benefit both of us come November. That being said, we now know the true face of Microsoft.
What do you think of this change? Are you glad Microsoft is changing their minds? Will it make you run out and pre-order a Xbox One now? Or, does this make Microsoft look even worse? Let me know you thoughts below and be a part of one of the most intriguing debates in video game history.
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