Apple hasn’t reinvented the wheel, but the wheel is prettier and more useful than ever.
It’s an endemic, age-old issue of the internet, but the recent uptick in death threats and other personal attacks on high-profile members of the gaming community is testing my resolve.
I’ve always tried to adhere to a few basic rules, both online and in real life, one of which is to never say or write anything about another person that I wouldn’t be willing to say to them directly. Now, have I said or written unkind things? Sure. I’m a firm believer in the need for hard truths, even if it means ruffling feathers or seeming like a less-than-lovable guy. Sometimes you just need to call a spade a spade. But there’s a difference between delivering uncompromising criticism and a personal attack. You can disagree with an idea, a product, or a perspective, but at no point is it permissible to lose sight of the fact that it is held or has been created by a human being. And they in turn, are deserving of your respect and consideration. Failure to distinguish a person from the true source of your disagreement is deplorable, immoral, and debased from any sense of humanity.
Be contrarian, say unfavorable things, but first and foremost, be a compassionate, civilized human being. Take ownership of your behavior, and perhaps most importantly, accept nothing less from your peers. Otherwise we’re all doomed.
So let me make sure I’ve got this straight: Microsoft, instead of recognizing the looming concerns about the new Xbox’s DRM practices generated by months of pre-reveal rumor, decided to skirt the issue at its May 21st event and promise clarity at E3, subsequently creating a heightened climate of frustration and misinformation, only to then confirm consumers’ fears in a FAQ sent to the media days before it would have softened the blow with the debut of a compelling lineup of games and — in all likelihood — the news that its closest competitor, Sony, would also be implementing new DRM measures of its own?
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a lesson in how to make the worst strategic decisions at every available opportunity.