Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Mar 2012 22:29 UTC
Games The rumour mill for the next generation of video game consoles has been churning out some juicy stuff these past few months. While Nintendo has laid most of its cards out on the table, Microsoft and Sony have remained tight-lipped, probably because their consoles are still seeing increased sales. So, we have to rely on rumours, and those rumours have one thing in common: Microsoft and Sony want to eliminate the used games market.
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by Evropi on Mon 2nd Apr 2012 16:49 UTC
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Guys, it's not a "people vs the corporations" situation here. I read an article on Kotaku (a big gaming blog) on Gamestop's opposition to these measures. *They* are guys who'll really get things done. In fact, they threatened to boycott the next Xbox's games in case that happens because they'd see such a huge profit loss. And Gamestop has some of the worst working conditions around, I have to mention.

The way Xbox Live and PSN work, as well as the enormous increase in titles where multiplayer is a big component means console piracy will have to die. I had chipped PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2 consoles exclusively with pirated games, but that era has come to an end. Here in Greece, ever since the advent of the PS1, several shops popped up that sold exclusively pirated games for PC and consoles. Because no-one had internet connections for a long while, the boom happened in about 2007, the year before this dreadful recession.

But anyway. Gamers will take it. Free software evangelists and the like are the only consumers that will seriously oppose it. And pretend Linux is worthy as a gaming platform--which it's not. I have bought most Call of Duty games since 4, and I have to say they're really fun to play. I know everyone loves hating on CoD, but it's a whole lot more fun to play in multiplayer (SP sucks, too scripted) that Quake 3 ripoff X (like Xonotic!) and all those games of a dying genre. And CoD 4 was very innovative, too. Finally, there are literally no decent open-source story-driven RPGs around. Another huge market. Lastly, open-source games are by nature stuck several years behind AAA titles in terms of the technology and often gameplay. And why am I focusing on open-source? Because only a select group of indie companies that produce half-decent proprietary "indie" games actually develop games for Linux. I still dual-boot Windows XP, and I have to inform you that I'm a *very* hardcore gamer and have owned an Xbox in the last and this generation, but these days I mostly do PC gaming as Xbox Live and the games are rather costlier than their PC counterparts. The fact my PC is getting old though seriously impedes my ability to play games, and that's one of the biggest downers with PC gaming.

And you know what? We need AAA titles like Assassin's Creed. And I'll stop about Linux there, because I'm going off-topic. Nevertheless, we'll see a lot less of truly fantastic games like AC because once you've finished them, you're unlikely to touch them again. They're sure linear, but they're easily some of the best games ever made. I hope we will still be allowed to buy used games. Because it's not piracy, for heaven's sake.

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