Thanks to Don Mattrick, Microsoft’s President of the Interactive Entertainment Business (try remembering that in one go), it’s going to be even harder to dispel the image that Microsoft have massively, massively misjudged gamers and game journalists tolerance for rubbish.
Talking to GameTrailers, in response to questions about how people are going to cope with having to log on once every 24 hours if they are in an area with poor to no internet connection, Don had this to say:
Fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity; it’s called Xbox 360
I…I…I’m..just…COME ON MICROSOFT! DO YOU NOT LIKE MONEY?! I mean this is just so stupid, so idiotic you can’t even satirise it. Microsoft have made an announcement so dumb I think even Onion News would have trouble making up a more ridiculous claim.
Look, perhaps its sensible in a way. It’s a carefully hidden not so secret of the gaming industry that this generation, the PS2’s sales dwarfed that of the PS3’s and PSP’s sales combined. This was due to the PS2s low cost and easy of use compared to the PS3s. Perhaps thats what Microsoft are hoping for. But, to announce it when you have the entire internet breathing down your neck, right before an important industry event where what you say and do will define your business for the next 6 months.
That’s stupid Microsoft. Just stupid.