I addressed stances like the one you describe in the very post you quoted. This is all part of Microsoft's current image where they want to be seen as the "value" option across the industry, that along with several other policies that they've recently adopted all serve to make them appear to be humanitarian in their efforts. You want cheap games, that makes sense, but at what cost (both in the short term and the long term)?
Further consolidation does not need
to happen. The only reason ATVI are up for sale is because Kotick saw the writing on the wall
and sought to find an out avenue that was on his own terms, resulting in a huge payday for himself and the rest of his leadership team. The great irony is that if this attempted acquisition never came to fruition then he would already be gone - hence anyone saying they approve of this deal because it means ATVI will rid themselves of Kotick is... To be polite, misguided.
The following does not apply to activision but from a big picture perspective, companies who are unable to sustain themselves financially are typically those who have failed to manage themselves appropriately and/or companies who have failed to provide products which have an appropriate level of demand in the market. Those companies typically don't get purchased and this certainly does not describe ATVI. Microsoft are just being opportunistic here.
Yeh it's a simple inconvenience until its not.
But well done on misinterpreting and misrepresenting my point.