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Even Devs Aren't Happy with Durango's Always-Online Requirement
Filed under: DURANGO

If you think developers relish the idea of an always-online requirement for their games in the name of precious, precious DRM, think again. After sources surfaced yesterday claiming that Durango, codename for the next Xbox, will require an always-online internet connection, developers have let their dissent be known as much as players have.

The storm started to swirl when Adam Orth, the creative director at Microsoft Studios, tweeted last night that he didn't understand why the always-online requirement was such a bad thing.

"Sometimes the electricity goes out. I will not purchase a vacuum cleaner. The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone," his first tweet started. He continued with, "I want every device to be 'always on'... Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always on' console. Every device now is 'always on'. That's the world we live in. #dealwithit"

Manveer Heir, BioWare's senior gameplay designer, tweeted at Orth, "Did you learn nothing from Diablo III or SimCity? You know some people's internet goes out right?" He then followed it up with, "You've lived in LA, SF, Seattle... very connected places. Try living in Janesville, WI or Blacksburg, VA."

Orth foolishly responded with, "Why on earth would I live there?"

And then other developers chimed in. Rob Fearon tweeted, "Do Microsoft always leave their vacuum cleaners on? I don't understand."

"What completely weird arguments," he added. "I don't buy a phone from a provider who doesn't give me good coverage, I don't leave my hoover on always. And all my modern devices are always connectible, which is markedly different to 'always on' because they don't rely on internet."

Ben Foddy added, "People are asking the wrong questions about always-on. It's not 'what if my internet drops out?' - it's 'why do they want me to be connected?'"

So gamers, be slightly assured that you aren't the only ones annoyed by the possibility of the always-online requirement for Durango. It seems that at this point, only Microsoft is pleased with this feature.

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Reader Comments
touretul Apr 05 2013, 10:54 am EDT
'why do they want me to be connected?'"
I don't uderstans all this DRM thing. But my point is exactly as above.
Also, what an idiot is this Microsoft cunt with his stupid paralels!
Apparently, software engineers have more brain than hardware engineers.
Doomsday. Apr 05 2013, 11:09 am EDT
Fuck u up the asshole with a 10" dildo you DRM supporters!
  RenegadeCZ: You gentle you!
Batdog Apr 05 2013, 11:23 am EDT
This whole DRM development situation is a marketing SHIT STORM for Microsoft no matter what decision is made. How do they not see this? What they have neglected to "connect" here is any sense of good judgement, foresight and a total "disconnect" from what the gaming community wants and needs. They will be handing Sony a golden ticket.
Breedy_Mcfluff Apr 05 2013, 12:25 pm EDT
Sounds like a guy dicking off a bit too much.

I hope the next-gen goes to the man without the hindering DRM that shoves a leash in your rectum.
RenegadeCZ Apr 05 2013, 12:40 pm EDT
I don't even have internet, so no XBox 720 for me.
  daver18qc: Replying here with your solar-powered iPotato ?
RenegadeCZ: Actually, I have my own hobo-hotspot, but I don't let…
LostPcGamer Apr 05 2013, 01:17 pm EDT
We all know executives don't live in the real world. I wonder what world they live in.

Enjoy this nice gif-
  daver18qc: this must be the longest GIF i've seen in my life, he…
BmmB: May be long, but very good :D
raptor Apr 05 2013, 03:49 pm EDT
Always on, and discs must be loaded onto the hard drive? Great move Microsoft, say goodbye to the X-Box 720 and say hello to the PS4, because if Sony plays their cards right on the PS4 you have just handed them almost all of your business. If Microsoft goes ahead and pulls this stunt I will go exclusively for the PS4 if they don't try it as well. It also seems that you're pissing of the software developers as well, also not a smart move, they will develop for your competitors before developing for you guys.
Terminator Apr 05 2013, 04:02 pm EDT
Adam Orth is a fucking idiot. This 'always online' crap will drive LEGIONS of gamers to the PS4.
Vodoo Apr 05 2013, 05:44 pm EDT
problems with future consoles ?
boo hoo hoo, my rectum weeps for you all.

Cheddar Apr 05 2013, 09:01 pm EDT
Hahaha. A Microsoft Studios dev acts publicly sycophantic for the benefit of his overlords, and he gets publicly mauled for it by his professional peers. For once, twitter was good for something.
Duffey Apr 06 2013, 04:42 am EDT
How did we allow this industry to get to this point.
  LostPcGamer: I blame all those used game sales and buyers. There a…
Cheddar: 'Success', Duffey. That's how. Video-games became b…
Barzenak42 Apr 06 2013, 08:01 am EDT
PS4 here I come !


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