Because unlike some random dude that plays games, these have been in the industry for many years and have the experience that wannabe-relevant folks dream about.
I'll disagree about Gies because the guy is a hack and a corporate apologist like the Sim City fiasco proved.
Cliffy has the experience of being in the industry but he still is very wrong about this. Just look at these tweets: "*Sony* forced Microsoft's hand, not the internet whining."
Yeah, sure it totally has nothing to do with PS4 beating preorder numbers of Xbone across the world. Sony didn't do that, customers and their wallets did that. "At the end of the day many hardcore dislike what was attempted. You can't do well in that space with many of your core unhappy."
Make up your mind. "Brace yourselves. More tacked on multiplayer and DLC are coming." "You're also about to see available microtransactions skyrocket. HATS FOR EVERYONE."
Gee, so we have been living in the future for the past 5 years. And no, Xbone's "sharing" feature wouldn't have made microtransactions go away. Publishers will keep doing what makes them money regardless of used game locking. "I want *developers* who worked their asses off to see money on every copy of their game that is sold instead of Gamestop. Fuck me, right?"
No, you want *publishers* and MS getting money multiple times for each copy that exists. He is also totally ignoring the fact that people that trade-in their games use some of that money to get new games.
I know you like pretending you are a developer or something but an important lesson to be learned is that the customer matters as well.