I’m a gamer. I enjoy to play video games. I personally play Xbox 360 mainly and play offline, but I also have PlayStation 3 and have been enjoying some titles on it again recently including The Last of Us from Naughty Dog. I don’t induldge in multiplayer modes, I don’t sync trophies, and yet even still – even I know that Xbox ONE’s digital world (which I will not be a part of at launch day) is the future, but some of you just don’t get it!
But, No Used Games? Buying used games actually doesn’t feed money to the people that made your game contrary to what some may tell you. If you want to support a video game developer or publisher for that matter, the only way to do it is to buy the game new. You don’t have to buy it on day one release date, and you can get it from any retailer you want, but if you buy the game used at Gamestop that means your purchase didn’t count towards the games almighty “sales” constantly being debated by fanboys. If you are a real gamer you’d be interested in giving back to developers by rewarding them with high sales numbers whenever a game comes out that is good (find out from Demos, Full Game Trials, friends lending the game to you, and more on Xbox ONE’s digital network).
More importantly, you are not giving back to the people who made that video game possible. Xbox ONE’s digital system will introduce a new format of used games that essentially eliminates the old “used games” industry habits we have grown accustomed to as physical media gamers. But if you’re not interested in giving back to those who made your games, frankly you don’t even deserve to play them anyways. The new Xbox ONE system allows publishers and developers to get paid for their hard work of making your game often including (but not limited to) an unhealthy amount of all-nighters away from family and unpaid overtime. Xbox ONE’s digital system allows you to create a personal “circle” of friends who will be able to do things like lend and borrow games with you as well as allow you to gift somebody a game without charging them anything.
But, Big Brother / Kinect / Always Online? If you aren’t online these days then you are probably like me and just enjoying the cinematic scenes of gameplay while relaxing with family after dinner. I’m a hard working man, and I personally don’t have time for competitive nature at this point in my life. When my young sport is rowdy enough to get into gaming full-speed I imagine we will end up playing the latest virtual reality games together on some high-tech, futuristic gaming platform that hardly resembles a home console we see today.
If you haven’t heard there’s a new law in the United States that makes it illegal for a company (examples: Sony, Google, Microsoft to name a few) to disclose whether or not their electronic products are being used to “spy” on the American public for Homeland Security purposes. Your cell phone calls, texts, every single app you download and install, every service you use on computers and laptops, at home and at work, and don’t forget your precious social accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and even your physical mail packages may be inspected at any time for Homeland Security purposes. These mechanisms are in place to protect you from military danger presented by enemies of the state, and not to stare at you while you play your latest Halo game. Honestly if you’re worried about Kinect and Big Brother then you need to go find a hut to live in out in the woods and even then you will still be monitored by global satellite positioning systems if you are seen as a threat to any sovereign nation capable of defending itself.
Always Online is a feature many groan and croak about online. That’s an extremely ironic thing, which is actually quite telling that most of you actually are always online anyways. If you aren’t sporting broadband you may still have a 4G phone which is capable of becoming a hot spot and providing nearly broadband speed without even plugging in any wires. Service can be pre-paid for about $50 a month with MetroPCS and 4G phones purchased for about a hundred bucks. If you’re really hard on your luck, everyone knows how to Wifi surf, find a Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds near you to check in to, if you’re in a nice neighborhood they might even let you hang out and play.
PS+ and PS4 Streaming Game Demos Online: Why would you want to be signed off for the next-generation of gaming when the PlayStation 4 can stream the entire game to you instantly? This is the first feature that will have an #AlwaysOfflineDRM gamer like me making the switch to on with consoles again. PC doesn’t even have a form where you can stream the entire game to your machine instantly, pause and buy it if you like it, download the rest as you finish playing, all without stopping the fluidity of the gameplay experience.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE are for Real Gamers Only, we caution you again;
hating on either would be as silly as hating on the Sega Genesis or Super NES
(both of which were loaded with exclusive games that everyone loved).
Many have already seen what digital can do for them thanks to Valve’s Steam service. With Microsoft learning from many of their mistakes and presenting a lineup of exclusive games, third party support, indie lineup, and even experiments with a huge amount of New IPs from the first party publisher for the first 12 months of Xbox ONE, gamers can’t seem to stop focusing on the little things; as if desperate to split hairs and find a reason to hate on Microsoft. For revenge, for showing their true emotions, or for truly being misled, we can only guess. Real Gamers will support the companies that make their games and the New IPs being pumped out by once generic and beloved-for-no-reason Microsoft. If the rest of you won’t partake in discussing games then this tech debate will be the monument of how generation 8 of gaming is just as much of a boring press-battle between two machines just as generation 7 saw witness to.
Does anybody remember what DRM stands for? Digital Rights Management. If you were the creator of said game, would you want millions of gamers to skip paying you for making your game for $5 or $10 cheaper price? Think about it.
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