“Arthur Dent: All my life I’ve had this strange feeling that there’s something big and sinister going on in the world.
Slartibartfast: No, that’s perfectly normal paranoia. Everyone in the universe gets that.”
-The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy (2005 movie)
Maybe its me. Maybe I’m just being paranoid. But something seems a bit too convenient about Microsoft’s sudden U-Turn on the issues that have torn the gaming community asunder over the past few weeks.
DRM, 24 Hour check-ins, game lending… all of these have been the gaming communities own personal ranting platform since that ill-fated E3 press conference. The wave of bad press that Microsoft has been surfing was a borderline Tsunami, a crushing tidal wave of ill-willed gaming opinion.
And all of a sudden, Microsoft are not only riding the wave, they’re turning it round and heading back to the beach for cocktails.
I may have stretched that metaphor a little far.
But this evenings statement of turnaround is worded in such a way that Microsoft seem to have been prepared for this well in advance. The line of “we’ve listened to what our fans have said” is a bit too pat for me.
Like I said, it may just be my paranoia, but to be honest, if they HAVE set it up this way, it only makes me like them more. I’m a sucker for Machiavellian manipulation.