Over 12k Sad Trolls Sign Petition to Bring Back Xbox One DRM

UPDATED: This has got to be a joke. See below.

It’s safe to say the vast majority of consumers reacted poorly to Xbox One’s byzantine trading and lending policies and its always-online requirement. We know this because, after several weeks of Microsoft petulantly pretending otherwise, the company was finally forced to completely reverse course on those policies after even the US Military rebuked them, and what was strongly rumored to be a sharp drop in pre-orders.

Of course, this decision came with a tiny trade-off: Microsoft ‘had’ to remove several of the console’s digital features from the device in order to facilitate the changes to DRM and the online requirement. For some reason, in several people acted as though this was the worst decision of all time. It wasn’t, but that didn’t stop people from gnashing their teeth and rending their garments over the fact that Xbox One’s still-completely undefined digital features have been postponed.

Yeah, I don’t get it either. But it is hilarious, and the latest entry in the genre is a Change.org petition launched earlier this week that demands Microsoft bring back the originally planned version of Xbox One. Well, kind of. Actually, it demands Microsoft release a version of Xbox One it never advertised. Here’s what the petition says:

This was to be the future of entertainment. 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.

So do any of you remember Microsoft promising an Xbox One that allowed “A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses.”? I sure don’t. Frankly, this has got to be a joke. And it appears the 12,000 or so people who’ve already signed this petition are in on it, and as a result, the comments section is absolutely hilarious.

“I love restrictions. I want always online DRM. I want the game rental business to become obsolete. I don’t want to let my friends borrow games, because fuck them. All I care about is my god damn new age console that’ll blow everything else out of the water! Fuck the PS4 and fuck those Sony guys for catering to fans who care about their gaming experience. Fuck PC, that shit is stupid. Steam? Fuck that shit. They never have sales or anything. It’s not as affordable as buying my games from the XBL marketplace. I love Microsoft and their business practices will be the best forever. Fuck yes. Xbox.”

“It’s so important so that the Xbox one is shittier again.”

“ill sign to help´╗┐ ps4 so we have no stupid people on the same console as me.”

“Please restrict ‘me’ and ‘my’ fellow Xbox players, we love bending over and taking it up the *** with DRM, an overpriced webcam that can spy on me and the ability to be shafted turns me on. This is why I want restrictions to come back because your visions of the future surely are what humanity strives to achieve – just as Loki said in The Avengers, we humans love to bow and be enslaved! So, why not start off with Xbox One being the leap into that direction?”

But what if it isn’t a joke? Then we are seeing one of the most beautiful delusions of all time. You can sign the petition, or better, have fun at its expense, here.

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13 Comments on Over 12k Sad Trolls Sign Petition to Bring Back Xbox One DRM


On July 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

I haven’t signed it, but I do agree that MS might have been a little childish in completely reversing everything. I believe there is a good compromise between what they want and what customers want.

Always Online? Bad.
Inability to give/share/resell physical copies of games? Bad.
Sharing/Loaning digital content? Good.
Accessing library on foreign consoles? Good (but who’s really gonna download 3 gigs of data at a friend’s house on a regular basis?)

I’m OK with locking a game to my account/console/library. I just want the ability to give up that game to someone else. No disk required, but still has the advantages of a physical copy of a book. If someone else physically has it, I can’t read it.

Make online a requirement to manage those licenses. Make it be done on the console, not just a web page.

Is it really so tough to be consumer friendly?


On July 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

LOL. Might have been people from Microsoft,Ea and Ubisoft who signed this stuff.


On July 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Fully half of these imbeciles are Microsoft zealots who would support any boneheaded move their patron company makes. The rest are hipster morons who want to feel like their part of an elite minority. Worst of all, their WRONG about most of this. Where did Microsoft ever commit to letting you sell your digital content? Nowhere. It was nothing but coy maybes and half-truths combined with a dump truck full of arrogance. But I do kind of wish Microsoft had stuck to their guns, because I would have loved to see the Xbone crash and burn. This company needs some sense beaten into it.


On July 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I wasn’t a fan of the 24 hour check-in. But I’m also not a fan of removing the game sharing.

I feel like MS initially pushed too hard for their ‘digital future’, but then I think they went too far with reversing it. Had they made it an option, I don’t think there would have been any backlash.

For example: “There will be a 48 hour check-in on Digital titles only, and they can only be sold once. HOWEVER, they can be shared with your ‘inner circle’ on your friends list, you can play them on a friends console, they’ll be available on launch day, and digital copies will be 15% cheaper than physical copies.”

That sort of scenario, I’d get behind 100%. I’d put up with that. No question. And if someone didn’t want to deal with the check-in, they could get a physical copy of the game. It would be a win-win.

Why MS didn’t do this, instead of completely reversing their policies, I don’t understand.


On July 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I signed this. I don’t give a about game rentals, I’ve never rented in my life, there isn’t a rental store in 1200km from where i live. family sharing sounded better than borrowing from friends and getting their ty scratched up disks that won’t even work. I don’t get a chance to buy games in my town for weeks after they come out, buying it online the day it’s released sounds amazing. I never play offline anyway.


On July 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

@Robert – Yours is the sort of selfish comment that is typical of so many Microsoft customers. The irony though is that you will in fact sign the Xbox One’s death warrant if you do somehow manage to convince Microsoft to go back to its inane DRM/always-online policies. I almost want you to succeed because any company that would even CONSIDER these ludicrous proposals – and any ‘fan’ that would support them just because their family is too lazy or too stupid to look after their own disks – don’t deserve to have any presence in this industry.


On July 11, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Possibly Microsoft employees?

There was always that tiny (make that non-existent) chance we would all rethink xbox one and be like “I guess it’s not so bad after” and we’d all live happily ever after.

But considering any sane, actually any insane person would agree that this laughable if it’s by “fans” but I see it more as a “what the hell can’t hurt us in any way” from Microsoft.


On July 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm


How am I the selfish one here? something that doesn’t sound good to you is announced, and you whine and complain until it is changed to suit you better. some people try to do the same except to get it changed back to suit them better, and “omg so selfish.” oh and saying people that like things other than you ‘Don’t deserve to have any presence in this industry” is ridiculous. you are the biggest hypocrite I have had the misfortune to see! A spoiled little idiot like you is exactly the type of person to be saying stuff like this. What makes you deserve a place in this industry more than I?


On July 12, 2013 at 1:27 am

@Robert – you’re shooting yourself in the foot by desperately clinging to the “whining” line. You are now in a position where you’re whining and complaining about something that has been proven to be unpopular with the overwhelming majority, all for reasons that are ENTIRELY based around your lifestyle privileges. You are clearly not only selfish, but obedient and short-sighted.

As I said though, good luck getting these put back in the console as it will destroy any minute chance the Xbox One has of competing. Be careful what you ask for.

Ron Whitaker

On July 12, 2013 at 6:14 am

I swear, I thought this was a joke; something written to get a few laughs. Microsoft’s Xbox One as announced at E3 was so anti-consumer, I didn’t think anyone would support it. Surprisingly, it’s starting to look like this is serious. I’m perplexed.

Even with all the changes Microsoft has made to the XB1, the always-on Kinect means I won’t buy one. I won’t let it in my house. I feel like the current state of XB1 is still not worthy of a purchase. Adding any of these would only reinforce the decision to skip the console entirely.

More importantly, the petition is assuming things were part of the XB1 that MS never showed. Add that to the hilarity that is the comments section of that petition, and I think you can understand why I thought the whole thing was tongue-in-cheek.


On July 12, 2013 at 7:12 am

Hey Robert, it’s difficult to take you seriously calling someone a “spoilt little idiot” when you’ve just signed a petition demanding Xbox One caters to your demands. If there’s any hypocrisy in these comments it’s coming from you. Now let’s hear you cry about “entitlement” because not all customers like to be shafted as much as you do.


On July 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

Funny, I’m not even a console player and the first words out of my mouth when I read what they were doing was “idiots”. Microsoft has been getting more and more controlling through out the years, and now they had simply out done themselves. Since I’m not a console user, I did the only thing I could. I walked over to my daughter and told her she wouldn’t be getting one, ever.
To be honest I kind of hope they do it. Let them get burned by there own stupidity. They need a big lesson in humility. Maybe then will they learn what people really want and not what greed drive them to. So yeah Robert good job. Sign it again under a different name. You’ll help teach Microsoft a good hard lesson. Go for it.


On July 17, 2013 at 12:50 am

I simply can’t wait. As a Playstation fan, this petition succeeding is the best shot anyone has at getting the mindless enslaved and insane morons off of Playstation multiplayer. WOHOO!!! Now you tea-bagging animals and psychopaths can f|_|ck off and stay among your own sickening filth. Now I might actually have a shot at having fun in multiplayer (although major kudos to the TF2 community for being very good about that; ohwait that’s on PC. As is every other nice multiplayer experience). Plus, as an added bonus, Microsoft will lose SO MUCH MONEY. Given they’re the Evil Empire this is an incredibly good thing. Ohwaitwhat’sthat? Is that the sound of Sony’s stock price tripling AGAIN??? Why yes, Microsoft. Proceed! We at the Sony camp can’t wait!!