Erica Wong-Den Staff Writer
We are but days away to the massive Microsoft reveal that has been proven to be one of the most talked about gaming events of 2013. Taking place on May 21st, millions of devoted Xbox fans are waiting with bated breath to see if their biggest fears (the ill received “always-online” requirement that would put a major damper on players not quite up to speed on Xbox live) about their beloved console are proven to be more than just spiteful rumor.
Currently, the hashtag #XboxReveal is drawing a lot of attention to itself on Twitter, with myriad tweets about Xbox gamers’ hopes and expectations on the new console popping up every few minutes. Included in the discussion are Microsoft’s very own Larry Hryb (director of programming for XboxLive; @majornelson on Twitter) and Aaron Greenberg’s (chief of staff for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business; @aarongreenberg) tweets showcasing the first photos of the enormous structure being used for the unveiling.
Depending on news showcased on the 21st, we may be saying goodbye to an era of fond Xbox memories. Proven by two major gaming powerhouse failures (both EA/Maxis’ SimCity and Blizzard/Activision’s Diablo III have been grotesquely burnt by the always online requirement) an always online requirement would almost certainly spell out death for the Microsoft console.
It is said patience is key, but in situations such as these that’s a tough lesson to swallow.
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