John Rodman, group product manager for the Xbox platform and Xbox Live, in an article
from today's NYT
We donít feel like the Wii customer and the Xbox customer are the same thing. We think that as soon as the Wii customer turns 14 they want something else.
Let me tell you what we think, John. We think that dickish corporate mouthpieces need to stop slamming their customer base, or those customers are going to get fed up and stop buying from you. Granted, I know Sony has the market on offending gamers right now, but, if this is the way Microsoft wants to go, nip it in the bud now, ok? OK.
For a moment, let's take away the intentional slam and look at what John Rodman is saying. The man couldn't be more wrong. A friend of mine (30 year old) was telling me how a Wii was recently brought into his office, and everyone gathered around to play. It was loved. Many went out and bought one (or tried).
Now, imagine that Wii was an Xbox 360. What do you think the response in the office would be? "Who's the renob who brought in their shoot 'em up game into the office?", would be my guess.
Next, think about all of the stories of parents and grandparents who have developed a love for the Wii. Or, what about the 30-something gamers who have purchased their first game console in 15 years, because they get it again? The Xbox 360 was out for a year before the Wii, and none of these adult gamers were drawn to it.
And, please, don't take my comments as a slam of the Xbox 360. I love all of my consoles, but, get real. Just because your console offers more bloody and violent games doesn't make it more mature. In fact, I think there's a good debate to be had suggesting that it makes it less mature.
And, again, back off and stop slamming your customer base. It's getting old.
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