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Why I Hate What the Social Side of Xbox One has Become

The world is changing, and how we determine success or popularity now relies heavily upon the number reflected under your friends/followers tab on most social media sites. Whether or not you care about the person behind the number is irrelevant, the higher it soars, the happier you are? I guess.

Now that’s fine with me, especially if you’re promoting something or expanding your reach but slowly it’s starting to creep into gaming, and it’s bugging the life out of me. Sitting on Mass Effect Andromeda enjoying the challenge of multiplayer with a few randoms I receive a message, pushing the button expecting it to be the normal Hi, will you marry me, R U A GRL? I open it to find: please can we do an ADD for ADD? A further look at the profile that’s messaged me and I’m shocked to see that the sender has a lot more followers than gamerscore.

<3   Morning guys! Squee! Like, I’m exhausted after an intense workout 😉

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for building it, get a few likes on your achievements or maybe find some cool friends to play with, but why on earth would you buy a games console just to feel popular, I’m so dumbfounded, I can’t get my head around it, so to be cool on Xbox, playing games makes you a zero but having a large follower count makes you a hero? I messaged the guy back looking to get more of an insight into why he wanted me to add him and told him that having more followers than gamerscore on a gaming system seems a little strange only to be told he has a low gamerscore because he has a life. What? Dude, you just apparently bought an Xbox One and instead of enjoying games you’re wasting time messaging complete strangers for follows.

Even scrolling across to the trending section is getting ridiculous, it’s less about gameplay and more about half naked screenshots of female characters in GTA V, screenshots were supposed to be a tool you could use to show your friends some cool gaming moments, not your character’s bum in hotpants standing over a bar for the millionth time, then there’s the women biting their lip and twerking before a badly edited montage of them getting easy kills in Call of Duty to some dodgy music (I swear if I hear Trap Queen one more time). I feel like I’m in a nightmare I can’t wake up from, where are the gamers? I know you’re there somewhere, but I guess you’re less interested in making yourself known and more invested in enjoying the console for exacting revenge on the Swarm for ruining Marcus Fenix’s tomatoes or something; not just another massage to your forever growing online ego.

Follow me guys, K.

I would love to hear your opinion on this!

Paula has been a passionate gamer since she spent hours playing Crash Bandicoot and Spyro during her childhood. She is a huge fan of RPGs and loses hundreds of hours searching for every sidequest. Not one for missing out, she games on both XB1 & PS4.


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