Sorry for the expletives, but I’m pretty sure the majority of Tap readers will excuse me once they see the video in question. No doubt you’ll have some choice words of your own, too.
Discovered by Stephen Chapman of ZDNet.com, the following video comes fresh from the inner sanctums of Microsoft’s “Windows Gaming eXperience” team. Dated from way back in May 2010, it’s clear that joe public wasn’t really meant to see this yet, otherwise we surely would have by now in an official capacity, but as we all know there’s little place for secrets on the internet these days.
Although not the first time that Microsoft has re-jigged its Games for Windows program, this could perhaps be the most harrowing vision of Microsoft’s desires yet committed to a three minute Youtube video. It features lots of avatars, lots of social integration and lots of paid for DLC; although the only firm details I took from the video are that all women do is play Farmville and shop for clothes while men go to work and shoot people. Apparently.
In other words, it’s a nice bit of free advertising for Steam.
Even as someone who spends 90% of their game time on consoles – and thus has been largely desensitised to such nonsense over a steady 5 year period – I found this video pretty ridiculous. In fact, I’ve just finished choking on my own vomit and now believe I’m suffering an aneurysm.
Check the video out below. Oh, and keep and eye out for slogans such as “Buying things enhances my gaming and entertainment experience.” Lulz.
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