The increase in live prices was the straw that broke the camels back. PSN and PC are free and the act of playing online is pretty good. And dedicated servers are awesome! I was part of the large group of people that packed the forums at major nelson.com to show our outrage at the price increases when psn is giving more and more features. (Yeah i know its down now) So this increase made me turn back to the PC. I was a hardcore pc gamer back a few years ago of halflife,counter strike, unreal,quake,doom wolfeinstein and all that. My Pc got old and i didnt want to upgrade so i changed to consoles.
Well ive been off live since the price increase im not missing it
The price increase sucked, but I've yet to ever pay full retail for a year of XBL. Amazon and other online retailers have sales on the 12 month cards all the time, and the last time I tried to cancel auto-renew on my account I got another year for 35.99 with two free months.
You could just wait and look for 1 year cards on discount so the price hike doesn't affect you at all....I'm only on the 360 to play Gears with friends I know. That and Street Fighter. If they went PC though I'd chuck it out the window in a heartbeat.
And yeah the "OUTRAGE ON THE MAJOR NELSON FORUMS" makes you seem like a tool in retrospect doesn't it? With PSN showing how great it really is.
I've been on and off gold depending on what deals I have found and if there are any games I want to play. I rarely play online. There was a period after the launch of Halo Reach where I played a lot, but besides that I play maybe a couple of hours a month online. I still have several months left on the 40% off deal MS had when Reach came out. Not sure If I'll continue after that.
I keep my 360 around because of Shadow Complex, Toy Soldiers, XBLA being awesome, Banjo Nuts and Bolts (that TNT was awesome), and because of the shit-ton of Rock Band songs I have on there.
"Cool, people are still playing game 'x'? Fk, I have to pay Microsoft to use the online feature in this peer-to-peer hosted game." *sigh*
I don't get why $10 over the course of a year is such a big deal. For the time you spent searching/building your PC you could have searched for discounted xbox live cards. All in all when it comes down to it, i'd rather take some time to search for cards for an online system that works.
" You should never pay full price for Live. 12 month cards are constantly on sale. Amazon has them for $44 right now. "This. Never bought a full price Live card in 4 or so years. Why do people always have to go on forums and tell everyone how they stopped paying for Xbox Live? While i understand people don't like paying more for something why does it always come down to XBL vs PSN? Ones a bare bones free service while the other costs money and has lots more options. $60 a year isn't that much for this type of service, how much do you pay a month to run your iphones? I don't hear people whining on here about how unfair it is they have to spend $100s a year to play World of Warcraft. Its a choice, if you choose to no longer pay for the service for whatever reason, thats awesome, but everyone else doesn't need an update.
I don't know anyone who paid over $40 for this last year of Live service. If you did, you got duped. I enjoy the hell out of it, but I guess that's because most of my friends who are gamers spend most of their time on Live...If it weren't for the fact that my friends are on there I'd probably consider cancelling the service too...maybe not though. I thoroughly enjoy Halo Multiplayer and since I buy all my multiplatform games on 360 I end up playing a good deal of multiplayer on there. It would be just as easy to switch over to the PS3, but why? It's $40 a year and sometimes you even get an incentive thrown in as well. I guess it's not for everyone, but I find I get my moneys worth no problem.
Its a choice, if you choose to no longer pay for the service for whatever reason, thats awesome, but everyone else doesn't need an update. "
Im not poor i just find it insulting thats all. Psn has added more and more features over the years the only thing it doesnt have that live has now is crossgame chat . And mircosoft said they raised price because of facebook and espn two services that are worthless on xbox and work better on pc. So Im getting charged extra for crap i never plan on using . And i been on live since the day it launched on xbox 1 microsoft just got too gready so its pc for me. Making me pay to access my own bandwith was a silly idea to start out with. Live should have some basic multiplayer function. Steam does just great without charging thats why games for windows was an epic fail on pc.
Oh yeah the 6 broken 360, the constant having to redownload my content after I get a new console, and having my games and content still not work offline has used up alot of my good will for microsoft. Their lucky i didnt take it outside like old yeller and shoot it along time ago.(The younger people wont get that reference)
It's a lot cheaper if you buy the codes online. Problem solved (for me at least).
So instead of spending 60$ or more likely 40$ like everyone else, you spent 500$ on a pc? Btw dedicated servers on the pc are paid by people, its not free, your just leeching off others to play your free games. Also unless you plan on playing mmo's fewer and fewer games are coming out on the pc, the gaming pc i bougth this year is probably the last gaming pc I'll ever buy again. There's absolutely no more benefit to pc gaming even in the graphical departement, as games on the pc simply have higher textures and no none is taking advantage of the true horsepower present in todays gaming pc's. You're basically buying 400$ graphics cards to have higher textures, and if you play on a tv that argument is mute.
R.I.P Pc gaming I'll never forget the days of quake 3, diablo 2, and 1942.
What will this same conversation be like when the next round of consoles comes out? If console sales outmatch PC sales even with the significant graphical differences what makes you think that PC games won't just completely die out and PSN will start charging for online gaming?
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