Xbox co-founder says the last five years have been painful to watch

By Shawn Knight
Feb 13, 2013
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  1. The man responsible for giving Microsoft’s original Xbox its name has penned a blog post outlining the poor job he says the company has done with the console over the past five years – and especially during the last 12...

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  2. veLa

    veLa TechSpot Booster Posts: 489   +75

    Microsoft is a lumbering giant. Slow, painful to watch, cumbersome.
    Timonius likes this.
  3. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,651   +51

    Lol this guy is a ***** id bet more people own xbox 360's then any other modern console.

    "It should be just as easy to create a game for the Xbox as it is to build one for Android or iOS."

    Idk if it would be wise or people would want to buy little tinker toy indie games on a latest gen console capable of running 100 of those little games at once(most are small). I dont know of anyone with a beefed up pc that plays fruit ninja on it. If he is saying they are purposely making consoles so free indie games cant make there way onto the console he may have a argument. I know some indie games can be up there with big developers as far as hardware utilization, so if hes saying they are trying to stomp out anyone but microsoft from making a game for the xbox 360 that seems absurd. Pc, ps3 and wii port to xbox 360 all day. I think he is lying or microsoft is passing up easy money and that is very unlikely.
    avoidz likes this.
  4. Xchingx21

    Xchingx21 Newcomer, in training

    Microsoft is like my wife "can't live with her... can't live without her"
    gingerbill and Timonius like this.
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +607

    I honestly don't know why Apple hasn't release their next revolutionary Apple TV that lets you use iPad/iPhone as a controller to play Angry Birds. It would be the greatest success of 2013.
    avoidz and ghasmanjr like this.
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,860   +344

    You mean, the guy that set the stage for the 360? yea.....
    can you read? he didnt say that iOS games should be made for xbox, he said that it should be just as open for people to makexbox games as it is for iOS/android developers.

    PS. There is a fruit ninja for xbox.
    psycros likes this.
  7. The key thing being that "if apple wanted to".

    And suggesting to Apple that they become more open... that's ****ing laughable.

    On another note... none of the players that are battling over the living room have won me over. I own two android cell phones, a nexus 7, and several computers, an xbox360, and a wii. I am disappointed by the current "set top" boxes to the point where I just said **** it, and bought another gaming rig for the living room. Valve's "big screen" mode will suffice for my gaming habits, and a regular windows 7 PC will suffice for every other task I could come up with.

    None of these companies are winning my heart until they make **** easier than a computer, and I don't even see that day on the horizon.

    *These captcha's are the worst on all of the internet.*
  8. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 178   +25

    Wait, if the Xbox 360 is doing so well despite Microsoft sucking at it...

    God damn it Sony.
  9. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TechSpot Booster Posts: 943   +94

    What percentage of Indie games are really any good? I mean 7.5+ out of 10 good. I'm being serious, I'm a PC gamer, but my focus has mainly been on AAA titles, and web based games like Quake Live.

    I buy FPS's for the online multiplayer. I'm currently playing BF3, L4D2 (until I got sick of people on my team running off), and the Crysis 3 beta.

    If anyone knows of any Indie games that come close to even L4D2, I would appreciate it.
  10. MrBungle

    MrBungle TechSpot Booster Posts: 146   +64

    Most good indie games I've seen were all strategy or puzzle type games... I just costs too much money to make a AAA level shooter for anyone but the massive publishers to pull it off these days.
  11. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TechSpot Booster Posts: 571   +98

    Agreed. I grew up with the original Xbox and now Microsoft is way too focused with multimedia. It seems as if Xbox is not being treated as a gaming console, labeling their Music service and video service with the Xbox name. It is nice to have these features, but the only way that Microsoft seems to be concerned with actual gaming now is with Kinect (which has been too much more of the focus than traditional gaming). Please Xbox, focus on the GAMING.
     
  12. Microsoft in not an innovative company, so no surprise there. They only copy, buy, borrow ideas, undercut the competition and slowly take over the market. Once they have the market they do just good enough to hold on to it. Then another company has a great idea and things start off in a new direction, which Microsoft copies, buys or borrows, repeat...
  13. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TechSpot Booster Posts: 363   +86

    I never thought about Apple introducing a console. I really hope they don't read Techspot. If this happens, bye bye gaming.

    On another note, I reeeeeaaaaalllllyyyyyy miss the old dashboard from 2006. The new ones are just so damn cluttered with junk. When I navigate my xbox, I just hit the middle button to bring up the guide...you know, where they hid the old/useful dashboard. It should've be a chore to find Netflix or the movies on my flash drive...
  14. "..... the dashboard are creaky, slow and full of ****."

    LMFAO...!!! M$oft and the X-Box sucks
  15. captainawesome

    captainawesome TechSpot Booster Posts: 411   +42

  16. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 505   +133

    I agree with him with ignoring the kinect and not promoting gaming on a higher level. BUT wanting games to be like the iOS is just a foolish apple fanboy comment. He loses all respect from me with those comments. Leave the $0.99 games on a small, not-so-serious platform and let the xbox have it's more regulated, better quality games.
    avoidz likes this.
  17. @ Treetops...
    More people own PS3's than any other modern consoles.
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,768   +1,428

    The torture of posting as a guest. I gotta admit, I find it humorous. And still yet the captcha system, does not motivate for creating and using a login account.
  19. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,860   +344

    there are some really, really nice indie games selling for 1 dollar on xbox live.
  20. Yeah that'd be mad. Looking down to the screen controller (which is showing exactly what's on the big screen) then looking at the big screen to see where it went.

    I bet you own a Wii U don't you?
  21. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +607

    No, I personally don't like Apple. But my comment still stands. Fanboys will lap up anything that's given to them, no?
  22. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 505   +133

    Ah, I honestly forgot about those. What I should've said was useless $1 apps. I'm pretty sure that there aren't droves of those on the xbox...
  23. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Posts: 674   +39

    More people own wii's than any other modern console lol xbox 360 is a turd of s**t, you turn it on and get adverts in your face...PS3 doesn't do that. You pay to play online, I don't for PC, or PS3. The 360 was a horrible machine, that held back gaming since it's birth. 360 single handly almost destroyed PC gaming. Crysis 1..amazing, 2 ughh what a leap backwards to have it run on the crapbox. It was a faulty piece of garbage hardware that cr*p*ed out on everyone. After all of that, no one should defend it period! Peoples must have extremely low standards or are blind.
    Adhmuz likes this.
  24. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,470   +299

    Well no, people can forgive and give second chance, the original Xbox was reliable and brilliant, Xbox 360 they messed up, but the next one could be great!
  25. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,860   +344

    Gotta agree with you there. However IMO, small developers should be able to publish their games without Microsoft towering over them. That doesnt mean MS has to completely step back.
    gingerbill likes this.


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