NeoBytes :) "My name is Francis. This is my Xbox. And this is my axe."

NeoBytes :) is an occasional feature that takes a step back from the big headlines, to take a look at what else is happening in the vast, scary expanse of the tech world - often with a cynical eye, always with a dose of humour.
 

With the first official announcement of the next-generation Xbox fast approaching, rumours persist that Microsoft's plans for the console will require it to always have an internet connection. This possibility hasn't resonated well with users, with many arguing that if they're simply engaged in a one-player game or watching locally-stored media, it makes absolutely no sense to be forced to connect the console to the web.

Things spiralled rapidly out of control this week when Adam Orth, creative director of Microsoft Studios, took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter, and his what's-the-big-deal sentiments infuriated many even further. In fact, so great was the outrage that Microsoft today publicly distanced itself from his comments, issuing a formal apology for what it referred to as "the inappropriate comments made by an employee". 

That apology came a day late for Francis, a dedicated, Xbox-loving fan who notes that he "was born in a rural area, lives in a rural area, and will die in a rural area" - an important point for Francis in response to Orth's comments dismissing those who live in areas with limited internet availability. 

In a video recorded in the aftermath of those comments, Francis goes absolutely nuts, in a profanity-laden rant that leaves no doubt at all about where he stands on the matter, tearing apart Orth's opinions and roundly condemning Microsoft for even entertaining the notion of requiring a permanent internet connection for the new console. 

So devastated is Francis by this possibility that he does the only thing a dangerously insane and angry man can do in a situation like this: he introduces his beloved Xbox 360 to an axe. The destruction begins around three and a half minutes into the video. Be warned: there's a lot of swearing.

Alas, all is not quite as it seems here, as Francis isn't a real Xbox user but rather a comedy character, the creation of YouTube user Boogie2988 who, in his own words, does "comedy sketches, rants, rages, raves and vlogs... also I'm fat as sh*t." 

Still, we can't help but feel that he does raise some valid points. 

Source: YouTube | via Digital Spy


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Two things, this guy has created a fake online personality. That is the point of his show. Second, its a 1st gen xbox. It probably was red ringed and useless when he destroyed it anyway.

My xbox 360 is always online even if it doesn't need to. You nabs are always online on your PC when you play steam. Get over it its not a huge issue unless you are on dial-up

^^ Totally clueless answer. There a crapload of reasons why a always-on-the-net console is a terrible idea. Some people do live in areas where anything >dial-up is not available, is too damn expensive or the distance from the lines to the house is too far. I have a customer who has a house ~50 ft too far off the main road to be able to get cable/DSL without paying $$$$ to have line run. What if your ISP takes a crap for hours on end? Guess what, no console play for you! See how horrible that sounds?

ir0nw0lf said,
^^ Totally clueless answer. There a crapload of reasons why a always-on-the-net console is a terrible idea. Some people do live in areas where anything >dial-up is not available, is too damn expensive or the distance from the lines to the house is too far. I have a customer who has a house ~50 ft too far off the main road to be able to get cable/DSL without paying $$$$ to have line run. What if your ISP takes a crap for hours on end? Guess what, no console play for you! See how horrible that sounds?

Thanks for... putting a negative statement infront of what I said and repeating it.

ok...instead of doing this. why doesn't he go outside and get some fresh air and sun on his face? looks like he really needs it. also start thinking about his health. instead of doing sh*** videos like this one.

im amazed he didn't have a heart attack he was really huffing and puffing, as reggie of nintendo woud say "i guess his body wasn't ready"

i love how A it was an empty Xbox and B its just a rumor. (i understand he does these videos for Comedy and that he was adding drama to to make it funny.)

this guy... just can't stand watching him.
ps4 don't seems to have online 24/7, maybe ms can learn from that?

I believe:
Google and other company working on hi-speed net in the US.
Dot Kim is working on something like this in New Zealand.
And Australia are getting some sort of technology that speeds up the net. So what he is talking about?

You people really need to stop being so judgmental about what you think you just saw on the interwebz.
Just an FYI, "Francis" is a character played by this guy. He has other characters he plays as well. He is somewhat funny guy and is known throughout the WOW community for his "pseudo rants" (as Francis) about WOW/Blizzard.

Armageddon X said,
You people really need to stop being so judgmental about what you think you just saw on the interwebz.
Just an FYI, "Francis" is a character played by this guy. He has other characters he plays as well. He is somewhat funny guy and is known throughout the WOW community for his "pseudo rants" (as Francis) about WOW/Blizzard.

and we're all supposed to know that are we? No.

Actually, yes you are. It's even mentioned in the article above:

Alas, all is not quite as it seems here, as Francis isn't a real Xbox user but rather a comedy character, the creation of YouTube user Boogie2988 who, in his own words, does "comedy sketches, rants, rages, raves and vlogs... also I'm fat as sh*t."

Intrinsica said,
Actually, yes you are. It's even mentioned in the article above:

FFS apologies everyone. I appear to be failing at reading quite a lot lately.

That is one solidly built man...the xbox took quite a beating as well!

I did laugh at this though. There really are people in the world that behave like this, even if he was just parodying it.

He could have just stepped on it or poured some gravy on it and eaten it. Was expecting him to drop from a heart attack after the ax work.

seriously if they go allways online for consoles i wont be buy the next generation, ive allready stopped buying allways online games

I think he's an idiot, but I think you should know. That guy plays characters on his youtube, francis is just one of them. He's not actually a linux neck-beard in his 'normal' videos.

You hope he has a heart attack?

What is wrong with you?

If you don't have an argument against they guy there's no reason to make fun of him.

"Alas, all is not quite as it seems here, as Francis isn't a real Xbox user but rather a comedy character...."

I think we all might have guessed that bit without needing to be told. Though I dispute the use of the word 'comedy' in this context.

Even if the rumors turn out to be true my X360 would stil be able to play offline. Why on earth would I destroy it?

I would sell it as fast as possible before the Xbox brand loses its compleet value. I would set the money aside to see what position Sony takes in on this matter. Then I'll have to make a choice: go back to playstation (the platform of my childhood) or back to PC (the platform of my teenage years).

In a way it would be funny if Nintendo won this new console generation simply because Microsoft and Sony go full r-tard.

That xbox 3RLOD a long time ago... it was for drama and youtube hits. Hell, even working ones without HDMI I see going for $60 on classified sites