The biggest annual event in the videogame world -- E3, otherwise known as Geek Woodstock -- ends today. Earlier in the week, Microsoft announced a new version of its XBox 360. Writing for True/Slant, Stephen Brewster says the introduction of the slimmed-down machine was "one of the most epic fuck-ups in E3 history." Why?
According to Brewster, after also introducing its new motion-controlled Kinect platform, Microsoft went all Oprah on the crowd of gaming journalists, giving each a free console:
Sunday night's event was widely ridiculed as bizarre and uninteresting, meaning most of the gaming press has been very anti-Kinect ... Until today, that is, thanks to the thousands of free Slim Xbox 360s -- a $300 value.
Yes, Microsoft basically bribed the press.
I do not expect anyone in the gaming press will be refusing their free consoles ... Even though virtually everyone already has an older 360 model.
While there is a valid ethical response to accepting the thing -- hardware reviews are a vital keystone in the gaming press -- the way Microsoft went about their gifting today smacks of bribery and toe-sucking. This is something I LOATHE about the gaming press.
TechFlash's Todd Bishop has already proved Brewster wrong, writing that he'll be donating his unsolicited gift -- or "diseased blankets," as Brewster euphemistically refers to the free consoles -- to charity. Which reminds me: I need to register as a charity that Todd Brewster might want to donate to.