Today, we reported on a rumor that the next Xbox will require an always-on connection in order to play games. Personally, I consider that somewhat absurd, but, Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth doesn’t seem to agree with me.
Things start off innocently enough, though a disturbance in the Force can be felt:
And then things get a little ugly:
And now he becomes a jerk:
I see where he is coming from, but I don’t agree one bit. I personally don’t see the logic in requiring an always-on connection to play games when I just want to play single-player or simply by myself.
We live in 2013, but that does not mean everyone has access to a broadband connection. Hell, roughly 20 percent of Americans do not have access to an internet connection. No matter how much you think this is an always-on world, the fact is that it is far from it.
You don’t believe me? Internet access only has 34.3% penetration in the world’s population. Yes, that means billions of people have internet access, but even more still don’t have access to the Internet at the ready.
This is what ignorance does to you, folks. This world is still far from an always-on world, Orth, whether you realize it or not.