Online Petition Demands Return of Xbox One DRM

Video game petitions have a very long and mostly pointless history. As I've said several times, an Internet petition is worth the paper it is printed on. But I'll give a little publicity to this thing, because it's the most ridiculous one I've seen yet (that includes this.)

Whether the work of PS4 fanboy trolls or an ardent Xbox One advocate, someone has opened a petition to "Give us back the Xbox One we were promised at E3." That means restoring all of the DRM, the online checks, all of the stuff that made Xbox One the most execrable abomination to all of mankind until it reversed course a week later.

A strange counterpoint advocacy for Xbox One's more restrictive controls sprouted up after they were taken away. (Yes, in my sports column, I even pointed out how the system could have benefitted sports video gamers in the long run. I still stand by those thoughts.) Some of those talking points are echoed in the very, very brief statement of purpose:

This was to be the future of entertainment. A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers' uncertainty.

But pardon me if I doubt the sincerity of this particular effort—and I certainly doubt the intent of most of its signers, based on the comments underneath. They're littered with PlayStation partisans, who want Xbox One to be as consumer-unfriendly and unattractive as possible.

Anyway, this is a thing. Sign it, for whatever reason you have, if you like. It'll be ignored like all the rest.

Microsoft: Give us back the Xbox One we were promised at E3 [Change.org via Destructoid]