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« Reply #600 on: July 01, 2013, 06:11:20 PM »

Mattrick is probably looking for an out. He's exhausted, and realizes what staying in this industry is going to mean for his life. He's probably taking severance from Microsoft, gonna CAPITALISM! and wring out as much money as he can from the husk of Zynga, and then retire loaded. Doubt it's anything more complicated than that.
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« Reply #601 on: July 01, 2013, 08:00:36 PM »

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's memo to employees about Don Mattrick leaving -- Source: All Games Beta
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« Reply #602 on: July 01, 2013, 11:15:43 PM »

The last bit of that memo highlights the problem with Microsoft's message...

Around every corner I see them touting their new slogans along the lines of all their devices being capable of doing everything. So then, Microsoft, answer me this: If all your devices can do everything, why on Earth would I buy more than one of your devices?
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« Reply #603 on: July 01, 2013, 11:17:55 PM »

But that design philosophy is inherent to almost all devices today: your phone, computer, video game console, hell, even the 3DS and PSVita are capable of more than just playing games. You can't blame MS for going with the trend, especially when that trend was actually started by Sony (remember the It Only Does Everything campaign?).
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« Reply #604 on: July 01, 2013, 11:27:15 PM »

Very true, I had forgotten that campaign. But still, most companies with a bunch of devices that all do pretty much the same thing usually sell them with at least a few features that set each product apart from one another rather than bragging about how all their products are the same.

Look at Apple. Anyone can tell that an iPod Touch is just a weaker and cheaper iPad, but Apple's marketing team uses that fact to advertise both of them. Same with their phone line, regardless of how many tech blogs and experts tell consumers that the latest iPhone iteration isn't a significant upgrade from the previous one, Apple fans still line up in droves for every single version.
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« Reply #605 on: July 02, 2013, 04:10:43 AM »

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« Reply #606 on: July 02, 2013, 05:19:43 AM »

Look at Apple. Anyone can tell that an iPod Touch is just a weaker and cheaper iPad, but Apple's marketing team uses that fact to advertise both of them. Same with their phone line, regardless of how many tech blogs and experts tell consumers that the latest iPhone iteration isn't a significant upgrade from the previous one, Apple fans still line up in droves for every single version.
To be fair, that last bit in the letter seems to be in reference to their video game consoles, not at any other device. I mean, what type of hardware does Microsoft actually sell anymore? The Zune burned out quickly, Windows Phone doesn't even have 1% of the marketshare, and computers are all third-party. The only thing they CAN market as an 'all-in-one device" is the Xbox nowadays.
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« Reply #607 on: July 02, 2013, 06:27:39 AM »

to me it's just internal spin.

also my pc was only marketed as a gaming pc sooo no.

i wouldnt be surprised if he was actually terminated.
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« Reply #608 on: July 02, 2013, 06:34:02 AM »

also my pc was only marketed as a gaming pc sooo no.
I don't see how this has anything to do with anything.
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« Reply #609 on: July 02, 2013, 09:39:57 AM »

I was referring mostly to the commercials I've seen for Windows 8, Surface, and any Windows phone. I realize Windows 8 isn't actually a device, but again their message for it seems to be that it allows you to do whatever you want on any device that uses it.
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« Reply #610 on: July 02, 2013, 12:11:38 PM »

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« Reply #611 on: July 02, 2013, 01:40:20 PM »

i wouldnt be surprised if he was actually terminated.

There were talks of a planned restructure. Wouldn't surprise me if he put his affairs into order and prepared for the move, making his last big act at Microsoft the XB1 unveiling. Which would NORMALLY be a great thing to end your career with a company on, but not this time.
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« Reply #612 on: July 02, 2013, 09:22:07 PM »

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have theorized extensively on what the post-PC device will be.

Cell phones? Tablets? Maybe.

Neither of them ever said "gaming console."

Game consoles aren't the post-PC device humanity is looking for. It's dumb to present them as one.
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« Reply #613 on: July 03, 2013, 12:30:01 PM »

Windows chief set to replace Don Mattrick as Xbox boss

"Windows chief Julie Larson-Green is set to replace Don Mattrick as boss of Xbox, according to a report by business publication Bloomberg."

"Larson-Green is a 20-year Microsoft veteran who specialises in technical design and development. She worked on Internet Explorer 3.0, Internet Explorer 4.0, Microsoft Office and, most recently, Windows 8."

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Xbox One reputation system will punish griefers, reward good gamers

"Xbox One will penalise players who harass others while online and reward gamers who behave.

Griefers and trolls will be identified by a high-profile reputation score, made "just as visible" as your Gamerscore, the company has said."


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« Reply #614 on: July 03, 2013, 12:34:53 PM »

Windows chief set to replace Don Mattrick as Xbox boss

"Windows chief Julie Larson-Green is set to replace Don Mattrick as boss of Xbox, according to a report by business publication Bloomberg."

"Larson-Green is a 20-year Microsoft veteran who specialises in technical design and development. She worked on Internet Explorer 3.0, Internet Explorer 4.0, Microsoft Office and, most recently, Windows 8."

Source: Eurogamer

Wow, the XBox One will fit right into that resume.

I'm kidding, of course, the XB1 is turning in to a decent console lately. Still not one I plan on getting without a must-have exclusive.
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