I don't really agree with this opionion piece. Firstly I don't think MS are the guiding light you've made them out to be. Yes Xbox Live is a good service on console but what they are doing with Windows 8 is of great concern to PC gamers
I've hardly touched my Xbox in 2 years, I much prefer gaming on my 4 year old PC at twice the resolution and because I'm enjoying my PC gaming experience more than ever before (Thanks Valve/Steam) I really want to know how MS intend to support PC gaming going forward. It absolutely MUST stay open, we don't need another Apple of Live service.
I also don't think gaming has improved or changed much recently, I've lost count of the number of games I've started, got bored and quit. The story is often written for someone of low intelligence, the dialogue cliched, the gameplay all about "shooting things" and the challenge = zero. Gaming has been simplified to the extreme. Wver since Gears of War introduced holding A for pretty much everything, that's what we've been doing!? Where's the challenge gone? Where's the depth? Where is an improvement in the decade old AI we're still combatting...?
He who nades, always wins...