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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Dear Xbox: I'm Done

Hello again. Sorry I haven't posted in a while. My income situation has been a bit tight as of late so I wouldn't expect any new game reviews, unfortunately. Really I just came here to post just a simple thing.
When I started to get serious about gaming the first console I picked up was the original Xbox, and it really pains me that I have to make that distinction instead of saying Xbox 1. That aside my original Xbox probably got me into gaming. There was a decent library of games, my brother and I had a lot of fun just playing split screen together and when either of us were playing on our own the other would be fighting just to get a few minutes in. It didn't matter to us that our cousins had the PS2 and shared games freely or the fact that we really couldn't get all the best games they did. What really mattered is we had fun.
Pretty similar to the 360, except this time things got weird. That whole red ring of death came around and our gaming halted. It wasn't pop in a game and have fun but an entire process that took multiple weeks just to get it back in working order. But even still I didn't give up. I had an amazing time with all the games I could get my hands on.
I didn't get an Xbox One or a PS4 right away, mostly for the fact I was just barely out of high school and had no job. I weighed my decision and went for the Xbox, using my brother to loan me the money and paid him back every so often. Eventually it became apparent that I had made the wrong choice. The PS4 was getting these amazing exclusive games just about every month and the Xbox just kind of puttered on. In some ways this was for the better as I found some new love with my Steam account. However when I saw Scalebound and Crackdown my spirits lifted. Two cool looking exclusive games, one that was an entirely new IP and the other was from a series I felt a lot of love for, were announced. Finally the PS4 players would feel left out of the loop.
Of course you can see where this is going. Scalebound is no more. However, the problem I have with it is how this news was announced. They actually released a new trailer for the game some time ago, and it looked pretty good albeit from the stand point that it was a trailer and I was keeping my expectations at a sensible level. Still it made me remember how interested I was in this game. Not long after it came out that the game was cancelled and their reasoning was very vague and weird. By this point in time I had already not touched my Xbox for some time other than to be annoyed that I accidentally switched it on at an inconvenient time like when I was going to work or going to bed. After a while I just straight up unplugged it and haven't plugged it back in.
Anyways, before this my bank account was charged for its monthly Live fee. This pissed me off to no end first because I hadn't even touched my system in months and second because it completely drained what little money I had in my account with its $20+ subscription fee (ya I'm basically broke all the time). After Scalebound was cancelled Microsoft announced they would be making the subscription fee more expensive. First off its insane that we even have to pay to be online in the first place. I don't have to pay a monthly fee to Steam, let alone Origin or even UPlay. But Microsoft thinks it deserves even more of my money after it cancelled a game I was actually looking forward to?
So to conclude, this is where I end my relationship with Xbox. It was a great ride and I had fun, but you've put too many needless restrictions on what should be something I find enjoyable. I was looking forward to Crackdown but with the way things are going I don't think something I enjoyed would ever see the light of day. Change your practices and maybe get a few games worthwhile and you might just save what little bit of a player base you have. Personally I've been burned too many times and I'm cutting my ties. I would say "See you in the next console generation" but with the way you've conducted yourself I'd rather look elsewhere for my enjoyment.

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