Xbox Live is a fascinating place. For the die-hard gamer, it's a place for showing off skills in whatever games they have in their collection. For casuals, it's a place to sit and relax while chatting with friends.
And then, there's the rest…
The racists, the gay-haters, the team killers, the "I hate this game" group even though they're playing it, and finally, there's the group of people who visit Major Nelson's blog.
Larry Hryb, known as Major Nelson on Live, is the (according to his site) "Xbox Live Director of Programming." His idea was to set up a blog to inform people about what's new on the Xbox Live Marketplace on his own time without being paid for it. The Marketplace, for the uninformed, is a free (key word) service for Microsoft's online gaming community. It has movie trailers, music videos, game demos, themes to customize your console, and simple games in the Xbox Live Arcade.
It's expanded far beyond what Microsoft ever anticipated. During this years E3, the Marketplace exploded with trailers, demos, and countless behind-the-scenes looks at games from the show floor. It was unprecedented. And then, there was nothing.
This seemed to rub people the wrong way. Well, at least some of them. As time passed with little new content aside from movie trailers or gamer pictures, the masses at Nelson's blog became restless. So restless, their ranting and raving was picked up by multiple sites as news.
It's one thing to ask for content. It's another to act like spoiled brats. During a recent fiasco involving a demo for recently released game Prey, the comments section on his blog became an insult to the gaming community. Some even went as far as threatening physical violence to Nelson if the demo wasn't up by a certain date.
Not only did these people make themselves look ridiculous, they reflect on the entire gaming community. It's amazing how utterly spoiled the E3 explosion on the Marketplace has made them. Unfortunately, it's not an isolated incident. These gaming "fans" if you can call them that are never happy.
When the Prey demo finally went up, they complained about lag in the multi-player. This was a free demo. When a Top Spin 2 demo went up, over 300 comments were posted complaining that they didn't want it. When a Kameo demo went up, they whined that they already the game or said it was terrible. When new maps for Ghost Recon were released, people talked about being ripped off for content they didn't need to download unless they wanted it. Today, when the Live Arcade release of Frogger was 10 minutes late, one person wrote this:
"If it doesn't deliever (sic) in the next 7 minutes I'm going to punch you in the throat."
It's absolutely absurd that anyone can get that worked up over the release of a 25-year old game, but these Nelson followers apparently think they can get away with it. A comment like that should immediately be looked into, and whoever wrote it honestly deserves to have charges pressed against them.
At this point, it doesn't matter what Microsoft (or Major Nelson) is doing for the ever-growing Live community. These people seem to live in their own little world where they fail to understand that a Kameo demo released today may entice a user who just bought a 360 to get the game. They claim the content isn't what they want or it's overpriced when there's money involved. They claim the FREE access to the Marketplace isn't living up to their expectations.
The problem with all of this is that they offer no suggestions. They only ask "where is this content" or "release this item now!" It's unfathomable to think what goes through someone's mind when they believe it's okay to demand something they're not paying for. Demand is the proper word too. They seem to believe they're owed something.
It reflects on all of us in the end, and on a personal level, it's probably time for Major Nelson to give up his blog. Very few comments are appreciative, and once people realize how convenient his information is, they could finally come around and understand how much work he does for free for the better of the community.