KernowDevil23 wrote:Blaming Game, Gamestop and the plethora of consumers who complained about the MS DRM issue is a little far off the mark in my eyes.
The blame lies solely at the feet of Microsoft for all of this. Let's just say (hyperthetically) that MS had a decent set of executives who had great PR skills. These admitedly great ideas that have now been recinded should have been dressed up in a much prettier dress!
It was a really great bunch of ideas but they were delivered on the end of a shit stick to consumers. As I've said time and time again, the idealism behind it all seemed to be fine to me (apart from the rental issue). It's a real shame for the industry that MS couldn't express themselves properly.
That's not the problem with the retailers, it's their smug as shit 'this is what we wanted for the consumers' attitude when they're equally as guilty, if not more so, than the industry for only caring about their profits.
It's also not about them being directly responsible for this (yes I said it previously, but I was really pissed off and was venting, they're not directly responsible, but certainly a major factor indirectly), the problem is that for years they've held a dominant position that has hindered progress for the industry, throwing out roadblocks at every step to prevent the digital age from happening. I can understand why, the digital age will ruin the high street retailers if they don't adapt somehow. Instead of fighting the digital age, they should have been giving the industry a reason to keep up with the disc based gaming, finding a way to benefit everyone, gamers, retailers and the games industry, but they're not doing that. It's a constant fight and the only losers are the us, the gamers. The PC market has survived comfortably with both disc and digital, with digital being the larger share, the same could have happened here except the share be different, if the retailers had seen it through, had had enough foresight to see the changing trends in the industry. As it is, there is going to be a long fight between the industry and the retailers which the industry will win because even though MS have taken such a large step back, they still see this future and are sure as shit to filter this stuff back in, drip feed the digital age to gamers this generation. If they're smart, they'll be pushing digital strongly now, making the gamers see how digital is far more attractive than holding your own copy of a game. Even Sony, there is no way they didn't see this change coming, they were just much smarter to not try and force it on people from the off.