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#1 Edited by Kordesh (227 posts) -

  • I don't own many movies anymore because I'm streaming on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes.
  • I don't own many books anymore because I'm buying digitally from Amazon and iTunes.
  • I don't own many albums anymore because I'm streaming on Spotify and Pandora.

Each of these services are riddled with DRM, but it doesn't bother me. I get what I want at really great prices.

And this is where opinions differ,l because this bothers me, a lot. Consumers are giving up a TON of control over the content they spend money on in exchange for not a whole lot.

What if this digital download trend is leading to "software-as-a-service" for everything?

It absolutely is, and it's a really really disturbing thing to watch as the steps there are taken. Microsoft is clearly all on board with it so much so as to make their new Office offerings "Cloud based". Word processing with a subscription. This is the future, and honestly, it's kind of sucky.

#2 Posted by Kordesh (227 posts) -

These guys. I like these guys. They know whats up

#3 Edited by Kordesh (227 posts) -

I see no way in which this doesn't end up costing you way more in the long run. I really hope this doesn't become a "thing".

#4 Posted by Kordesh (227 posts) -

I've been really jaded and cynical about the industry for a long time now, and this kind of crap is exactly why. Even more painful is I've watched the progression, I saw it coming, but there was absolutely nothing to be done to stop it. I remember when you used to be able to just go out, buy the game and enjoy the damn game. Now you have to pre-order, plan what version you're going to buy, where you're going to buy it, all to get the maximum amount of content that may or may not ever be released later and you'll still likely be missing out on one or two little bits.Hell, unless the retail PC version of the game is Steam active, you literally can't play Last Survivor on Steam/PC since it's Gamestop exclusive (without taking the obvious measures to get the DLC, if the files even exist for PC, which it's absurd it should come to that point).

I really don't want to see publishers "try harder" with pre-order bonuses because ultimately that just means further pushing people into the shitty position of waiting it out or pre-ordering to avoid missing out on what has fortunately only been garbage like golden reskins of weapons in the best cases, but in cases like this, potentially substantial amounts of enjoyable content.

I've been really excited for Alien: Isolation, but this whole situation immediately soured my feelings on it. What's worse is that, it's far more likely that this heavy handed pre-order DLC approach is not ignorance to the disaster that was Colonial Marines, but rather in response to that, in an attempt to force pre-orders on a group that is rightfully wary after being burned hard the first time. It's a repulsive situation and turned the game into something I would have bought right away into something I may need to put off, because if I'm going to be punished for not pre-ordering, then there's no incentive to even buy at all during the "launch window" and might as well wait for it to go on sale (a game I would have otherwise been quite eager to pay full price to get at right up front)

But really, as the consumer, what else do you do when you're placed in such a garbage position? If you pre-order the game, you take a gamble on the final product, and that might work out in your favor, but it's still reinforcing really terrible industry behavior. You're being manipulated into the choice. If you don't pre-order and the game is fine on launch, if you buy it right away you're still paying full price, but ultimately get punished by missing out on the pre-order content and the industry will still keep on with this crap because, regardless of if YOU don't pre-order, PLENTY of other people who have no stake, interest, or concern with whats going on in the industry will without thought and justify it, so ultimately you've missed out for nothing. Which leaves the only logical thing to do at that point which is to wait until the price goes down.There's a whole lot of complaining about the "devaluation of video games" but if you ask me, it's being brought on by practices like this.

#5 Edited by Kordesh (227 posts) -

People can forget as time marches on, but maybe, if enough of us can remember just a little piece of him, together we can keep Ryan's memory whole.

#6 Edited by Kordesh (227 posts) -

People who are trying to cool the pot keep going back to Kickstarter and saying "so what. They don't owe you anything" and are ultimately dodging the point. People had hopes for occulus, backer or not. The Facebook acquisition has dashed them as, given their history, their non-speculative long history of "creepy" things they've already done, and show no interest in deviating from. Lots of people don't want any part of that. Occulus is now a part of that, and as such, people don't want any hand in what Occulus is likely going to be used to promote.

#7 Edited by Kordesh (227 posts) -

New boss, same as the old boss. Expecting the same EA flavored shenanigans as always in the future...

#8 Edited by Kordesh (227 posts) -

I can't say I knew him personally, but I would be lying if I said that hearing this didn't mess me up today. I can't imagine him as anything but the awesome jovial bastard he was with the rest of the crew. It's never going to be the same without him ):

I really want to do something for the crew/his wife but I'm not sure what. I don't want to just buy subscriber status or something because I'm pretty sure that money just goes to CBS at this point. Maybe I'll find something I can send them, but if anyone is taking up a collection for his wife for the funeral or just a "beer and tacos, but mostly beer" fund for the crew, I'd like to know.

Rorie, I'm sure it sucked having to write this, but thanks for letting us know.

Ryan, I'm glad to say I'm just one of many, but I'm going to miss ya man...

#9 Edited by Kordesh (227 posts) -

This and things like this are where my concern originated from when Giant Bomb went under CBS. Everything is great, until you step outside of your box, and then corporate comes crashing down on you. CBS has a history of this crap.

#10 Posted by Kordesh (227 posts) -

E, because unfortunately I don't want to support Gamespot or CBS, so even if they DID manage to stay even remotely the same over time (which I highly HIGHLY doubt) I wouldn't be able to do so without backing those companies on some level which I don't care to do.