Wow, Microsoft just can’t seem to catch a break can they? The Micro ‘S’ has been on a huge upswing lately with trying to recover their image from the Hidenbox that Don Mattrick and crew crashed and burned over the public in 2013, but it looks like they still haven’t won back over some of the most core of the core gamers from within the gaming community, especially not in the deepest, darkest, inner circles of the Glorious PC Master Race.
To put this all into context: At this year’s QuakeCon Bethesda’s public relations front-man Pete Hines took to the stage during the opening presentation (and before they got around to showcasing Doom) to talk up some of the company’s deals and promotions happening in and around the QuakeCon weekend, including some great buys across all platforms and systems supporting Bethesda and id Software games. However, things took a vicious turn for the worst when the scrapping claws and jagged fangs of brand loyalty reared front and center at Hines once he mentioned the forbidden words at a PC-centric convention: Xbox Live.
Watch the video clip below, captured from the four hour live stream over on Bethesda’s Twitch channel
I don’t think there’s enough pepper to go along with that salt. It’s as if Lance Bass showed up to perform at a Justin Bieber concert, or Michael Bay was selected to direct a Simone de Beauvoir biopic and the announcement was made at an annual feminist convention.
The mere mention of anything Microsoft-related at some of these events brings out the fanboyism like the Cold War brought out the best (and worst) in America and Russia’s patriotism.
Heck, it’s almost like Don Mattrick’s policies are trolling Phil Spencer from beyond his career grave at Microsoft.
For those of you who don’t remember, Microsoft was first booed off stage during the first live demonstration of the Xbox One exclusive Killer Instinct, as reported by Polygon.
This year, the Micro ‘S’ wasn’t received with as nearly the same amount of vitriolic hostility as they were in 2013… not at Evo anyway. This year, the company redeemed some face in the FGC thanks to a strong and budding community surrounding Double Helix’s only good game, Killer Instinct. Barring that one event where the Xbox One’s DRM reared its head during a Killer Instinct tournament late last year, as reported by VG 24/7, there haven’t been any other reported problems with the game or the system’s DRM.
At QuakeCon, it’s a whole other story. Hardcore PC Master Race members just don’t tolerate anything that isn’t a distribution platform operated and ran on their precious personal computer. GMG? Fine. Good Old Games? Perfect. GamersGate? Sure. Steam? All hail Gaben. Xbox Live? Boooooo!
(Updated: 7 August, 2014 @ 01:12:32)