Sony may have dropped the backwards compatibility chip from their Euro PlayStation 3s, but it’s evident that the chips they’ve implanted in the skulls of their zealous fanbase are functioning at full capacity.
Case in point: following last week’s report that Capcom’s upcoming Devil May Cry 4 would be made available for the Xbox 360 - and thus would no longer be a PS3 exclusive - hyper-sensitive Sony fanboys, their pasty complexions doubtless flushed as a result of the massive rush of blood to their heads in response to this perceived act of betrayal, virtually assembled en masse to sign a petition calling for a boycott of the Japanese publisher’s games.
The petition has garnered some 8,300-odd signatures as of publishing.
The petition states that the boycott is, “due to your decision to turn your back on your most faithful gaming company. For years we have enjoyed games, we have reaped the benefits of your committment [sic] to Sony. We find it absolutely demoralizing for not only the gamers, but also Sony itself.”
TheFeed assumes that the “we” referred to in the petition chanted the above in unison while staring blankly ahead with cold, lifeless eyes, marching in lockstep to the soulful strains of Sony Music artist Michael Bolton delivered to them through their Walkmans.
Imperturbable Scandinavian Christian Svennson, Capcom’s senior director of strategic planning and research, responded to the petition on Capcom’s official forums, stating, “We are certainly moved that people are so passionate about our products that they would go to such extremes… at the same time we feel that allowing more people access to our content pleases far more people than it displeases (after all, we're not denying DMC4 to anyone that was already going to get it). It really is the best decision for the company and for consumers.”
TheFeed is unquestionably disturbed by this petition. For the longest time, we thought we would have no choice but to not play DMC4 on the PS3. Imagine our relief last week when we learned that we would also have the option to not play it on the Xbox 360. Everyone wins, right?
But if these tiny-minded, petition-signing “activists” had their way, we’d be denied that very choice. And that, frankly, is just un-American.
So boycott away, assclowns. While you’re busy being jerks, we’ll be looking forward to Resident Evil 5 and ignoring Devil May Cry 4 any way we damn-well please.
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