Schadenfreude: enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others.
As a person who games exclusively on the PC, schadenfreude came easy courtesy the massive blowback that Microsoft received after it unveiled the Xbox One. This is because PC gamers singularly despise the consol-ization of games- the practice of ‘dumbing down’ games to make them more ‘accessible’ to the console crowd. It wasn’t just me either; the Internet was rife with PC gamers making fun of the entire mess, prodding Microsoft for turning its back on PC gamers to focus on the console. What made the entire situation deliciously ironic was that Microsoft wanted to make the Xbox One work more like a PC, with features that an entire generation of PC gamers take for granted, thanks to the ubiquity of Steam.
But amidst the noise and fury of the criticisms hurled at Microsoft and the catcalls by PlayStation fans and PC gamers, did we really understand why the Xbox One was so bad for users? Or were we all just so intent at watching Microsoft brought down to its knees, that we just went along with the mob?
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