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Some gamers are undoubtedly disappointed with what Microsoft has shown thus far for its next-generation console, the Xbox One. If you’re one of them, you’ll certainly like this hilarious parody video a Seattle video production company just put out today to illustrate these frustrations.

The clip, produced by the creative three-man team at Cinesaurus, is called “Xbox One: A Space Odyssey” and uses Space Odyssey references to poke fun at the console’s apparent shortcomings, including Microsoft’s heavy focus on making the Xbox One an entertainment hub.


In the video, the console starts talking to “Dave” (played by Forest Gibson), and offers him some embarrassing adult entertainment when Dave asks to the Xbox to go to the Internet.

“I thought you may like to see your favorites based off your usage,” the Xbox tells Dave.

“Well, you were wrong,” replies Dave.

grittyreboots“That can only be attributable to human error,” the console says back. “No Xbox One has ever made a mistake or distorted information.”

The jokes continue from there, including a Kinect sensor that can detect urine level and a couple swipes at the Skype integration. Dave also tries to play Halo, but the Xbox One only wants to offer him Madden, one of the games that EA Sports showed off at the Xbox One reveal.

Eventually, the Xbox One takes over Dave, telling him that he’s become “immersed in entertainment.”

“If there is any warning for the future of machines, let’s hope Xbox One doesn’t immerse us into a technological nightmare like the HAL 9000,” said Cinesaurus’ David Zimmerman.

xboxThe video, which took one day of shooting and another 100-plus hours of work, is up on Cinesaurus’ “Gritty Reboots” YouTube channel. The company started Gritty Reboots as a creative outlet for independent content away from the client work they do.

“It lets us share topics that are exciting and meaningful to us personally, and it’s some of the most fun we have,” said Zimmermann.

Many people were disappointed with Microsoft’s lack of focus on games, among other things, during the Xbox One reveal last month. The Redmond software giant certainly talked a lot about TV, as you can see here:

The video game world will be watching closely to see what Microsoft, along with Sony and its PS4, reveals next week at the big E3 conference.

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