John Schappert Has A Few Words For The CriticsPublished by wes213 on Thursday, October 09, 2008
John Schappert Had a sit down with Eurogamer and while it was for the most part a calm and typicle interview it too a bit of a turn at the end ware it wold seem Eurogamer struck a nerve with John Schappert on the topic of rather the XBOX was a leader or a follower in the industry.
Here is how the last bit of the John Schappert interview went:
John Schappert: If people are looking for a console this Christmas, that price is something they will be looking at. It's going to be a hard Christmas, as you said; we've got a great price point, though.
Eurogamer: One criticism that's been levelled at Microsoft is that you tend to follow rather than innovate. It's been suggested there are elements of the Miis in the New Xbox Experience, and perhaps a little bit of PlayStation Home. What makes this different?
John Schappert: I probably can't go on a little rant. Can I go on a little rant?
PR Man: Sure.
John Schappert: The innovation criticism is almost ironic to me. You've got the Xbox, which is the console that pioneered hard drives, broadband gaming, online gaming, Achievements and gamercards. It's the console that arguably pioneered first-person shooters in your living room, wireless controllers... I could go on.
I think we've earned our chops in terms of innovation. The games division has some brilliant people who have done amazing things, and who have shaped the industry forever. I think we've done a great job of innovating and we continue to lead.
With respect to Avatars - Miis are wonderful. Nintendo has done great things. But avatars are just a logical extension of what we've had already. We've had a gamercard and a gamer pic; I want to take that to the next level. Now we've got Live parties, we launched the first video store... So I get a little riled there. I think we've done some great things for the industry and for gamers.
I might also add that gamers recognize it. We've done pretty well and we're really happy with our success so far, and proud about what we're launching next.
To my surprise the interview ends with this little fact and observation:
"John Schappert is corporate vice president, Live, software and studios, entertainment and devices division, Microsoft. He looks a bit like the man who puts the poison in the drink in The Princess Bride, only much more handsome." My GOD i hope there was a female doing this interview.
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