Roland of Gilead wrote:The problem this guy had, was that as soon as he stepped out on the stage at the reveal, people automatically put his face and name as 'the xbox one guy'. Everyone had incredibly high hopes, and for many of them, those hopes were dashed against the rocks by some really poor decision making by Microsoft. Unfortunately for Mattrick, most of these dissappointed customers took that poor decision making as a betrayal, and now had a figure head to spout their disgust at. And in many ways, in a really aggressive and personal manner.
I wonder who feels more betrayed, this faceless group millions of adolescents flaming a bloke they know next to nothing about other than what they found on google/wikipedia, and ended up getting more or less what they wanted. Or this one bloke who has dedicated the last 6+ years of his life to working with his team to make the xbox as good as it can be, only to be shot up in flames by the very people he was trying to help.
Don't shoot the messenger?! I don't blame him for leaving.
Except he was more than just a messenger, and as for him "leaving" I think it was more of a case of he is just the first of many to walk the plank over this situation.
When you make yourself the public face of any product, which is what he did, you become the one held responsible if the public don't take a liking to it. Team Ninja when attached to Metroid Other M, more than a few people blamed them for the games biggest flaws, the plot and the characterisation of Samus, things which they had no real input in. Don on the other hand was involved all the way in the marketing of the One and should have been able to answer the questions people were obviously going to ask, sure he didn't design the thing himself but it was his job to sell what MS were offering, to make it sound appealing, he is probably the first of many to go over this debacle, and do you know what, good. He should go, his job was selling the xbox one, to get people excited for it, in that he completely and utterly failed, sure the 180 has won back some people, and I don't think the situation will be as bad as the PS3, where Sony's arrogance and seeming contempt for their fans saw them get off to a rather slow start (Tip for MS PR department, don't just learn from your mistakes, learn from the mistakes of others) but this has negatively affected MS standing, they'll be ok, I don't see brand xbox going the way of the dodo but they have given themselves an obsticle they shouldn't have had to overcome, all because nobody at that company seems to pay attention. In fact the PR department did such a lousy job with this situation I think the lot of them should be sacked and replaced.