Codemasters Founder: MS Should’ve Stuck to Its Guns on XB1

Not everyone was happy about Microsoft’s 180 on the Xbox One’s DRM and online check-in policies. While most people were happy about it, a petition was started for Microsoft to undo its policy reversal. We covered that here.

Joining the fray is Codemasters founder David Darling, who believes that Microsoft went about the whole thing the wrong way. He believes that instead of rolling back its policies, the company should’ve doubled down on them and went through with their online plans.

“It was interesting how the market did pull back with Microsoft,” said Darling in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz. ”I don’t think Microsoft sold it in the right way – they weren’t strong enough. I don’t think they should have had a physical drive on Xbox One – it’s like having a dead body handcuffed to you. It’s dragging along this dead body and it’s going to slow them down. They’ve let the market pull them back but I think that was a mistake.”

“The industry will definitely move in that [digital] direction and I think it will move very quickly,” he continued. “It’s a bit like flipping a coin – at some stage it will just flip. It will change in six months and everybody will wonder why it never changed before. There’s no point in distributing physical media when the internet exists.”

While his forward-thinking may be laudable to some extent, such a shift certainly wouldn’t bode well for the many gamers who still struggle with poor internet connections.

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10 Comments on Codemasters Founder: MS Should’ve Stuck to Its Guns on XB1

pooleboy87

On August 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Is this guy genius, or what? When your customers tell you they don’t like what you’re doing just say “screw you” and do it even more! That’ll show those idiots what’s what!

Maybe, just maybe, there’s a way to move in the digital direction WITHOUT all of the BS strings that MS attached to the XBOX one! I love that it’s utterly impossible for these people to understand that things don’t HAVE to be forced down our throats. Plenty of people will happily download the crap out of games. But plenty of others enjoy having physical copies of their media. Is it that criminal to want that, or is it that hard to understand?!

Axetwin

On August 2, 2013 at 12:39 am

The problem wasnt the digital portion of the Xbox. That was actually one of the giant pros of the console. The way I see it, there were 3 major problems with the Xbox One.

1. I agree that gaming is quickly headed towards a majority digital distribution era. However, we are not ready for a world where everything has a mandatory online requirement. Just because our phones and computers are already online and typically stay online all day doesn’t mean we are ready to have all their functionality removed should the internet not be detected. THAT was the big problem. The fact that all the gaming features were disabled if it couldn’t detect internet every 24 hours.

2. Speaking of mandatory things we didn’t want, we have the Kinect also being a mandatory feature of the Xbox One. The Kinect 2.0 is going to be the new 6 axis. Developers are going to try to make use of it, then drop support for it real fast when they realize that it cannot reliably perform the actions that are required of it. Which means inside 18 months, we’ll have this camera that we cannot disconnect, but that developers are no longer making use of. Which brings me to 2 sub-issues.

2a. MIcrosoft has admitted to having several companies already lined up ready to buy information collected through the Kinect. If they want to collect data based on which games I play, and for how long, fine. But if they want to monitor my vitals and listen for catch phrases while I play or an browsing XBL, that’s not cool. Now, yes, Microsoft has said that you can tell them they don’t have permission to sell that information. However, you’re only telling them they can’t sell it, they’re still collecting it and storing it somewhere.

2b. With the Snowden controversy still going on it’s not unwise to be a little suious of a major corporation that wants to put a camera inside your that you can’t disconnect, you can’t turn off and is always on even when the console is “off”. Especially when its been proven that corporation will work with the government in allowing them free access to emails, chat logs and even chat/video conversations that are happening in real time. Now we have something almost LITERALLY out of George Orwell’s 1984. Except, this isn’t fiction, and this stuff actually is happening. It’s not a tin-foil hat conspiracy if its been proven true.

3. With the way Microsoft was marketing the console, and with all the PR behind XBL features, it’s almost as if they didn’t want to console to sell outside the US. Limited release in specific countries. With the only country that wouldn’t have to wait an extra year for all those flashy XBL features being the US. For a company who’s second console lead the charge in mainstreaming online console gaming, this is almost unforgivable. Everyone except the US was getting a kick to the balls in one way or another. I cannot for the life of me understand why, and why they thought it was a good idea.

I have a super special secret 4th point to add here.

4. Major Nelson is a tool. This guy…..holy crap this guy, he was NOT helping MIcrosoft’s cause one bit. He gave an interview in which he literally said; they (MIcrosoft) knew they were going to get a lot of flak for their Xbox One policies. However, they were not counting on the gamers that read gaming sites and look into the Xbox One to buy it. Instead, they were counting on the uninformed to buy the Xbox One simply on the grounds that Microsoft had new console and they needed to buy it. Once the informed gamers saw how much fun the uninformed were having, they knew the those games would give in an buy the console anyway.

In otherwords, he admitted that Microsoft was relying on the stupidity and weak-willedness of gamers to sell their console.

Shoot Yourself, Darling

On August 2, 2013 at 2:26 am

“There’s no point in distributing physical media when the internet exists.”

That’s like saying there’s no point in going to school when Wikipedia exists, or there’s no point in going on holiday when Google Street exists. This man is a complete idiot if he can’t see the value of physical media. I’ll spell it out – I do not want to be locked into a system where I have no choice but to rely on my internet connection in order to play games, especially when I’m also forced into paying one set price for them with no way of selling the game once I’ve finished with it. Digital gaming should be a CHOICE, not the necessity. You completely alienate a large section of your audience if you refuse to let them own their games. This was made abundantly clear by the backlash towards Xbox One and is why Microsoft backtracked, albeit too late to make any difference to the direction of the eighth-gen ‘war.’

The way these people talk about their own customers is like a guide on how NOT to run a company. Those who continue to support them while being shafted are clearly suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

Dratkin

On August 2, 2013 at 6:29 am

What an idiot.

gasmaskangel

On August 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

“I don’t think they should have had a physical drive on Xbox One – it’s like having a dead body handcuffed to you. It’s dragging along this dead body and it’s going to slow them down.”

This may well be the single dumbest statement I’ve ever read in my life. Even a crappy modern hard drive is still a faster way to run games than most american’s internet connections.

Alright all you smug futurist jack offs, I’ll meet you half way. I’ll accept (not happily) the glorious new digital future where consumer rights are just a punchline, if you foot the bill to massively upgrade the USA’s internet infrastructure.

There will always be a place for physical media, even if its just with odd ball collectors. This “everything will be digital forever and everything will be wonderful!” attitude is starting to sicken me. I swear to god I will punch the next smarmy suit wearing douchebag to tell me how great cloud computing is.

Kazoo

On August 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm

He was referring to a physical optical reader for DVD game disks, not the hard drive.

I still agree it was a silly thing to say.

Personally, among all the other issues, I don’t want to have to wait for 2 hours to have my game downloaded. When I purchase a game, I want to play it.. NOW. I also *like* having the physical items that come with.

Otherwise, I agree with Axe on pretty much everything he had to say.

fethski

On August 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

MS probably would have gone through with their original plans regardless of outcry had the pre-order numbers been there. IMO that’s why they’ve backtracked on so many of their original policies.

Michael

On August 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm

These gaming idiots still don’t get it. Gamers will never accept a digital console. Especially one that sells games the same price as a physical copy. I as well as millions of other gamers will NOT pay 60-75 bucks for a digital game and whoever does is an idiot to do so.

Now mobile phones is different. The games they offer cost almost nothing to download and play. The consumer will not lose a huge investment compared to a digital console if he or she does not want to play the game any more.

If any of these consoles dare go down this path they will fail and fail bad. Then when this happens nobody dare blame the media, the internet, the consumers for the console failure and why thousands lost there jobs because of this screw up that nobody wants.

lol

On August 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Looks like I entered a daycare center with the amount of entitled crying going on here lol.

You don’t own ‘your’ games. Read the license agreement you little idiots. You pay publishers for the right to play THEIR games. What they choose to do with their property is up to them. And if you’re too cheap to pay for good internet connection then perhaps you should stick with Geo Neo or Window 97. Those of us with jobs and who don’t spend all our money on hot pockets and vanilla coke will move into the 20th century without you.

So yeah, you don’t own.

Tremaine

On August 4, 2013 at 3:05 am

I’m convinced now that lol is not genuine and is just trying to provoke a reaction by parodying the lowest form of bottom-feeding fantard there is. Either that or his mother snorted napalm while he was in the womb. ‘Window 97,’ good god.