The answer to "then why are they doing this?" is simple: Giving us the ability to play games without the disc in the tray is a great convenience feature, just like Steam. That was also a form of copy protection though, so now they need something new to prevent sharing of the code on one disc between multiple systems.
As to your question in post 78 ("How will they keep GameStop from circumventing it?"), they'll do the same thing they use to enforce embargoes and street dates- threaten the hell out of them. No company wants to be on the wrong side of a huge corporation like MS who they depend on to run their business.
Microsoft also depends on Gamestop to sell their products. They don't want to give cause to Gamestop and other retailers to just stop supporting Xbox entirely.
I am not pleased that Battlefield is getting pumped out so fast now but the idea of getting to play this game in true HD glory with more than 24 players on the Xbox One is something I am really looking forward to.
Has it been confirmed that Xbox Live will support 64 players?
No but the thing has like 10 times the bandwidth capabilities of the 360 and the Cloud stuff implies that all the games will now run on dedicated servers, so It's a safe bet. Even the Tested podcast was saying this.
A safe bet is not the same thing is "It can and will."
Re-releasing a very expensive game that failed pretty badly seems like a fool's errand, even if it is a very different game than it was before.
Perhaps, but the fact that they've gone to as much trouble as they have to fix what was broken by pretty much redesigning the game from the ground up is a pretty bold move. Everything I've heard suggests that the new version is much, much better than the original, so hopefully it works out for them. Though the sad truth is that no matter what, Final Fantasy XIV was a major budget vacuum.
These polls are getting so pointless and strange. I mean, why the fuck do you want to know this, why does it matter? Are you from a toilet or plumbing company and gathering research? Are you a freak with a toilet fetish? Seriously, what is the fucking point of this?
it's not a poll
It s a poll. Or at least, it was a poll. Polls in threads that existed before the site redesign were nuked by the transition.