I wonder how much the xbox pads will be. If they come out at say £35 that close the gap even more.
Other games which, incidentally, would have been safe had they been pirated. A lot of the time, a pirated product is demonstrably better than a purchased product WRT gaming. There are a few companies who have realised that the way to combat piracy is just to provide a better product than the pirates (CD Projekt of The Witcher games come to mind) but unfortunately, most are still punishing the paying customer in order to target the pirate who remains unaffected by any such measures. Similarly with movies: that damned annoying anti-piracy ad I have to sit through on every DVD and BluRay, but never on any downloaded media (or Netflix - which is why I do most of my watching through that service now).
I should say, I pay for all of my games through Steam/GOG/Humble Bundle, watch movies and episodes through Netflix and buy music from Amazon. So I am not trying to argue from an entitled "but I wants my free things!" position.
Games you buy online are (distance selling act) even for open games. It's an abused system but it's there. Point still stands though, I'm not going to be ripped off by any idiot and it's one reason I think people in general (groups of people) are muppets for letting the likes of Sony and MS dictate their future to them.
I don't spend as much these days because of doing that but that's because I don't want to be wasting money on crap products when I have far more important things to spend money on (kids). Humble bundles and steam sales are working against me though
What are the next round of DVD anti piracy ads going to say?
"You wouldn't test drive a car?"
There's a very good reason I dislike consoles, Apple and EA Games. And it's all to do with morality and getting a fair deal for ALL involved parties.
Last edited by synaesthesia; 11th June 2013 at 01:43 PM.
Sounds to me as if the PS4 has even this area covered! (assuming your broadband will support it). Every game will be available digitally day 1, and every game will be playable as a limited free trial. I'm guessing they'll use Gaikai to instantly stream the trial. And I'll guess, based on my experience with PS+ on the PS3, that the trial will be time limited to an hours play.
There you go, what's your excuse for pirating now?
I find it ironic how publishers want to crack down on piracy for being illegal yet they happily flout the law with their desires to trash the used games market. Don't think you owe these publishing outfits any respect, they lost mine years ago with their board members crowing about fleecing the public and "turning a $50 sale into a $150 sale." Or taking a profitable game and killing it then trashing the studio through arrogance (Hello NCSoft)! Don't think they care for the developers either.
Think this might be the end for me and consoles now
The suits have really taken over this time - MS with mandatory spycam, phone home and 2nd hand restrictions then Sony nearly had it sorted but announce they're going to start charging for the online component... thanks but no thanks. My 360 went back in the box at the start of this year as I'd had enough of paying £35 every couple of months for the "privilege" of Xbox Live, not doing that again.
The worrying thing is the next generation of kids growing up with these consoles will see this level of monitoring and control by large companies as perfectly normal
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Last edited by tmcd35; 11th June 2013 at 02:17 PM.
As in, pay £x for access to a server provided by the devs with an SLA [uptime, patch availability, community support regarding toxic players, hack blocking, wa'eva] OR you connect to/setup your own.
The issue is buying a game and having part of it locked behind an additional pay wall by a company who have [censored] all to do with the server costs... If there even are any. XBL was peer to peer, but you still have to pay for it.
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