While this does not effect me in any way I can certainly see how it can effect others. Living in Alaska, which has a rather large percentage of people who still can't even get any sort of broadband I know plenty of people who would not be able to play their games. There are also a lot of kids out there with gaming systems in their bed or family rooms that are not allowed to have internet access to their consoles. Also, data caps are a huge problem here, I have the fastest speed available in my area (which is only 22 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up for $110 a month) and I have a cap of 200 gigs a month. Because of these strict caps a lot of people do not want to have extra things hooked up to their internet.
This stuff is scary to me. I still enjoy plugging in my NES and my Atari 2600 and playing those games this many years later. What happens in 30 years when I still want to play these games that I purchased, even the ones I used the activation codes for? Will the Xbox brand even still be around then?
@deavyin: That is part of the problem. Look at how much some of the older games cost digitally on the 360 right now compared to their disc counterparts. Games that are $5 or less for a disc copy still cost $20-$30 on Games on Demand.
This absolutely pushed me over to wanting a PS4 at launch instead. I collect physical games from all the way back to Atari and Commodore and do not like this one bit. Buying games used is the ONLY way to buy some of these games, even on the 360 and PS3, I don't want to now have to pay twice just to play an old game.
I finally decided to give it a shot today. I played through the tutorial and then played a bot match at which point I decided to watch a live tournament game. I have to be honest when I say I started to get bored halfway through my first game, and I am sure it has to do with playing it with bots. I am nervous to jump in to online without understanding most of what is going on, but I am sure that is the next step I need to take.