I saw this tidbit over at Kotaku today, talking about a spectator mode on Xbox Live. I don’t have an Xbox Live account (I’ve thought about it numerous times) but this idea just doesn’t resonate with me.
For one thing, I work full time and have a 20 month old daughter. When I do get a free moment to play some video games, the last thing I would do is fire up the Xbox to watch someone else play. Just doesn’t sound like a good time to me.
Now, on the other hand, I can see where this is going – Xbox Live Leagues. There’s talk of a ticker of scores while you’re watching/playing. Again, I don’t think I’d tune in to watch an online match of NCAA 2005 when I can fire up ESPN and watch the real thing. But I know many people want professional gaming here in the USA and this could be the first step towards that.