Promoting the XBox One on sacred grounds
Microsoft employees reportedly ambushing Nintendo’s Best Buy E3 experience events (Updated with video!)
Here’s a funny one for lunch time – Microsoft has reportedly been sending in Microsoft employees into Nintendo’s Best Buy E3 experience events, which have been set up in Best Buys across the country to allow consumers to play some of the new Nintendo games that have been announced at E3 this year, in an effort to bash the Wii U and to promote the company’s upcoming XBox One. The XBox One has certainly fallen out of favor with hardcore gamers, driving many to flock to the Nintendo Wii U as an alternative.
Numerous reports (along with some damning photos) have come out from those claiming to have withnessed these so called “ambushes” by Microsoft employees themselves. The Microsofties were reportedly asking customers why they were bothering with the Nintendo Wii U when the XBox One was “right around the corner”.
The company is obviously in full tilt damage control after public opinion has left the XBox One’s side following a series of boneheaded business decisions, and this sort of guerrilla marketing isn’t uncommon for companies in Microsoft’s current position. Still, it just leaves sort of a bad taste of desperation in the mouth – and it’s a sad sign of how the mighty have fallen.
Update 06/16/13 @ 7:25 PM EST: Believe it or not, this story just got all the more ridiculous in the form of a video. YouTube user “Shiggy Diggy” just posted an actual video of this man seen in the photo above harassing players waiting in line to try out the Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft collared shirt and all. This should confirm this week’s news to those who were doubtful. Check out the embedded video after the break below.