My Wife, The Casual Gamer, Reacts to: The Xbox One Announcement
Josh Knowles | On 23, May 2013
By now you should know that my wife doesn’t keep up on the latest news in the world of video games. Yesterday after I got home from work, she triumphantly told me about the announcement of a new game, only to disappointingly notice that I already knew. I decided that she needed some more bad news in her life and should see the new Xbox One announcement, so she knows what I will be talking about and spending money on later this year.
While the filler opening was running, she kept asking me if the people were important. As it was cycling through people, I was left to explain it like this: “Yes, yes, no, no, no, that guy is a tool, no, Spielberg?!, no, yes, I know that guy!. no, yes, yes, no, possibly, no”
As Don Mattrick was giving his One speech, my wife said “That guy has a weird turkey neck, I bet you they call the system One. He is kind of spoiling the suspense.” When he confirmed that the Xbox One was named thusly, she shot me a smirk and said “Told ya!”
She told me that “The new Xbox looks pretty nice, it will go well with our electronics and furniture. Will it be replacing the current Xbox? What about all those Xbox 360 controllers you have, will they still work? I hope we don’t have to re-buy everything we have!” They confirmed that the old controller is being replaced and she gave me a sad pout-face.
As Mattrick and Yusuf Mehdi talked about Xbox One features, my wife’s interest was piqued. “It sounds like this Kinect will work way better than the old one, that’s good. I like how you can jump from one thing to the other without having to go to the main menu and find it there. It’s always a pain to go from a game to Netflix.
What is ‘the Cloud’?”
When they demonstrated that the Xbox can turn on via voice command, she seemed concerned, “What if I am telling Aiden (our son) not to turn the Xbox on? Will it give me the finger and turn itself on anyways? I am not sure if I like that idea overall.” She followed that up with “It remembers everything? Everything? Does the current Kinect do that? Oh wow, Skype. That could be fun to use. Are they going to do something for Game of Thrones? No? Damn”.
As the ESPN bit ran, she asked me “What if I don’t play Fantasy Football and we don’t have ESPN? I mean the only things we want to watch on ESPN are blacked out locally anyhow. This seems to be unfair.”
During Marc Whitten’s segment, she looked confused and told me “I really have no idea what this guy is talking about. Smart Glass? Kinect reads my heartbeat? Are those specs good? Is this a good system? I hope it is, it looks expensive so I’d want it to be worth it. That also sounds like a lot of servers, 300,000?”
When they started showing games, she reacted surprisingly, “Wow, Madden looks pretty good! Do you think they will have the new uniforms and the new stadium for the Vikings in it? I hope so! We should get that game, I like playing those games…When I win. I wouldn’t mind playing that NBA game either, when did Steve Nash go to the Lakers?”
On the Forza 5 reveal, “That car game looks really good. I like racing games, you should make sure we get that game when it comes out. It looks like there will be a lot of cars! That game is pretty, I want it.”
My wife likes racing games? What?!
On Remedy’s Quantum Break, “What just happened? Did that girl make that happen? That game is weird, why is she special?”
On Halo: The Television Series, “Spielberg makes good movies, I bet you are excited that he is going to do the Halo show. Does that mean that they will have Master Chief in it or is it going to be like that one movie you showed my where those kids sat around and did nothing until the last episode, where most of them got killed because they were stupid?”
As we watched the Xbox/NFL partnership, she told me “I wouldn’t mind being able to have Sunday Ticket on the Xbox, that would be something worth making sure we owned that for. Since it seems that these things run on top of each other, would it tell you if there was a scoring drive going on while you were playing a game? That would be really cool. If they don’t have that, they should. Ugh, once again, I don’t like fantasy football, I like real football. Maybe if the Commissioner would stop worrying about fantasy crap, he could actually fix the league he has screwed up.”
Then the Call of Duty: Ghosts reveal, “This is one of those gun games? Isn’t this the same story? You play the guys that are defending America from the bad guys, bad things happen to you durin- OH LOOK A GERMAN SHEPHERD!” We own a German Shepherd so she seemed a little excited. “Can you play as the dog? It looks really well done! You’d better not hurt it while you play that game.” I think she is going to be disappointed at that outcome.
Overall, when I asked her about her thoughts about the system, she told me “It looks really good. I can see why you are excited. They didn’t seem to show that many games but most of them looked pretty cool. I like how it will actually be part of the living room and not something in the way of normal usage. Do you think that Netflix will be in 1080p? I’m sorry you have to replace your controllers if we get one of these. Also, the Kinect thing seems ok, but I wish I knew a little bit more about how it works and what it is recording and what it is doing when it is ‘turned off’. How much do you think the system will be?