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.