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Fans Are Petitioning Microsoft To Bring Back Restrictive Xbox One Policies

Remember the shitstorm Microsoft stirred up when they unveiled the Xbox One, its required Internet connection, and those hugely restrictive DRM policies that would’ve kept us from being able to freely trade in and loan our games? Had Sony not confirmed that none of that anti-consumer garbage would be making its way to the PlayStation 4, Microsoft wouldn’t have been forced to pull a Xbox One-80 and remedy many of the more serious issues that plagued the console.

Obviously, it was never all bad. There are plenty reasons to be excited about the online functionality of the Xbox One, but in no way is any of that worth losing our right to do what we want with games we spend $60 on. Apparently, not everyone agrees with that, as thousands of fans have come together to petition Microsoft to bring back those restrictive policies.

Seriously. More after the jump.

The petition, which at the time of this writing has accumulated 5,600 signatures, requests Microsoft to bring back these limitations.

“”This was to be the future of entertainment,” writes campaign leader Dave Fontenot. “A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers uncertainty.

“We want this back. It can’t be all or nothing, there must be a compromise.”

They do make a good point about the uninformed bit, even though that was solely Microsoft’s fault for not explaining the console as well as they should have. I’ve never seen such confusion regarding the features and functionality of a new console, and that certainly hurt its debut.

There’s no chance Microsoft will pull a re-reversal on the Xbox One, because that’d be an awful idea and it’d make them look really, really bad. Even still, it makes me a little sad seeing so many people rally against a cause that does nothing but hurt the consumer.

Those are my thoughts, what are yours?

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  • Nothing333

    I’m starting to feel that generally speaking gamers will never be satisfied.

    • weresmurf

      Gamers are satisfied. Gamers en masse spoke and MS answered. This is just a severe minority. 5,000 people out of what, 100+ potential million by the end of its run? Not even 1%, not even .1%.

      These people are morons. Plain and simple.

  • unclebob

    You say that Microsoft was unclear, but then you apply a phrase like “seeing so many people rally against a cause that does nothing but hurt the consumer,” and I’m supposed to know what you mean?

    What are you saying hurts the consumer?

    Putting the power in Microsoft’s hands to unilaterally determine the cost of playing a game on their platform, whether new or used, sounds like potentially harming the consumer, but your article doesn’t say that at all, it says that Uncle Microsoft wanted to offer something like Steam to us as a “value-added” service.

    • Adam Dodd

      “they unveiled the Xbox One, its required Internet connection, and those hugely restrictive DRM policies that would’ve kept us from being able to freely trade in and loan our games?” All that hurts the consumer, and it can be found in the first sentence of this article.

  • undertaker78

    What is wrong with these people? It’s like asking the government to increase taxes and take away our rights or we’ll riot. Are people this dumb? I’m convinced these are hardcore XBox lovers because no rational human being would be in favor of the changes Microsoft had in mind.

  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    “A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses.”

    what? first of all, i thought there was to be no “sharing” of any kind? the only “sharing” allowed was to be within your household, using the same xbox. second, i thought you couldn’t sell games you purchased digitally? am i wrong or is this guy talkin’ out of his ass?

  • ThunderDragoon

    Really, people? XD

  • Golic

    I hope they listen and make the switch back, I want to watch Microsoft’s gaming department crash and burn for good.

  • cscheffer

    anyone that wants to help me petition their petition for being lazy, these people are just too lazy and don’t want to go to gamestop to get there games they want to sit at home and buy them offline, they just want something to complain about while they sit in their parents basement and cry that their new xbox won’t make it better for them to be lazy and eat cheetos in their beanbag.. I want to have a console that you can do whatever you want with the game just like movies and CDs have always been.. When you pay for you it you buy it you shouldn’t have to pay for it again to sell it that means you lose your money on top of the money you would make back selling it..

  • gishikin

    Was this /b/ or /v/, anyone know?

  • godless

    Xbox dug themselves deeper already when their was another unclarity with the release of the first free Xbox live gold game on July 1st. Gamers were told they would get either Halo 3 or Assassins Creed 2, and were given Defense Grid the Awakening, because they didn’t clarify when they would get those 2 games mentioned.

  • huntermc

    I don’t get the point of this petition. If you want your Xbox online 24/7, no one is going to stop you. If you want to be watched by your Kinect while you sit on the couch scratching your balls, you can do that, too. And if you want to buy non-transferable digital content off Xbox Live, that option is still available as well.

  • To-Mega-Therion

    Get a PS4! Sorted! 😉

  • KidNickles

    If ABSOLUTELY ANY of my personal friends signed this petition, and I found out about it, they not only would no longer be a friend, but I would most likely knock their fucking teeth out for petitioning to bring something so hurtful, restrictive, and evil back into existence…

    Regardless of Microsoft’s decision about the online functionality, the new Xbox, at least to me, is nothing but an oversized, overpriced paper weight…You couldn’t pay me to take one.

    And I agree with Mega on this one, “Get a PS4! Sorted!”

    I’ve said my peace on this, and don’t plan on replying to any future comments made in reply to my post…

  • KidNickles

    The new Xbox WILL BE the bane of ALL platform gaming/consoles…

  • Canucklehead

    Hard to believe (well not really) that a company like MS would fuck this up so badly. Seems the easiest thing to have done would have been to given customers choices over how they use the product and what features could be activated or deactivated. Its like selling a car and saying that when you start it up, every single feature turns on and you cant turn any of them off.

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