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Ok everybody, its devil's advocate
time: Microsoft did the right thing.
On Thursday night, Microsoft confirmed suspicions by announcing that the
Xbox One (which is a terrible name) can only be offline for a day before it
will just stop working, at least until it gets connected again. Additionally, publishers will have the
option of charging a fee on all used sales of their games. At the moment, all publishers have said
they are still weighing the options, but we can probably assume some publishers
(EA is a likely candidate) will charge this fee. Trading games, selling games, even letting a friend borrow a
game all will be changed to make gaming more expensive for consumers.
not much different than the people who are furious with Microsoft for this
decision. I frequently use
Gamefly, I have a rewards card at Gamestop, and I would say I buy used for
about 75% of my games. When I was
younger I couldn't afford a lot of games, so borrowing from friends was very
important in keeping my gaming habit alive.
where we split: while many gamers and even gaming journalists are saying
Microsoft is going to kill the video game industry, I think Microsoft may just
have saved it. How many game
developers have closed down in 2013?
How many have laid off half of their staff? Pubs and devs are getting killed by used game sales, because
Gamespot and Gamefly keep the profits.
Shouldn't the people who created a game get paid for every person that
plays it? Somehow a distinction
has been made between game devs and musicians. Musicians are supposed to get paid for people listening to
their music, but developers can't get money for making their games?
don't want the developers of games I love to lose their jobs for "only" selling
three million copies. This market
is broken right now, and its about time we figured out how to keep gaming alive
in the way we all love it now.
Eliminating all the companies who aren't creating Call of Duty or
Assassin's Creed isn't healthy.
Before you throw Microsoft under the bus and declare that you won't buy
their console, maybe think about the people making those games you love. One last thing too: Sony has yet to
take any stance on the whole issue.