Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Jul 2012 03:10 UTC
Games "People who don't play video games would be forgiven if they turned on an Xbox 360 and didn't realize it was a device used to primarily play games. The first screen you see on the Xbox 360 Dashboard is often a mixture of ads for all sorts of goods and services, and many times games are in the minority of ad slots. The latest redesign increased the ad space that can be sold to advertisers, and that in turn increased this problem. Let's be clear, it is a problem." No kidding. I pay for Xbox Live, yet I'm being bombarded by useless crap ads. It's ridiculous. And yet I don't stop playing. It seems as if there's a solution to this problem in there somewhere, but I can't quite put my finger on it.
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by sagum on Sat 14th Jul 2012 04:12 UTC
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I used to love the idea of xbox live and the all in gaming service it provided with the xbox live arcade games being some of the most played content I own.

However, I've pretty much left it alone. The interface is poor at best and getting blasted by adverts all the time really starts to wear thing quickly. It almost feels like I'm being used and abused for being a paying customer. I play on an offline account mostly and buy with my live enabled account. Saves watching all the adverts and useless crap, and actually speeds up the interface.

I've since got back into PC gaming thanks to indie bundles that have been doing the rounds and I have to say, steam has matured rather well and we have things like desura coming along and a multitude of sites even offering trade in on digital games (greenmangaming for example).
Tack on the super savings from sales on the PC, it makes me wonder why I even stuck with the xbox for so long.
Its a shame, as it had good potential but money grabbing was/is going to be its down fall.

Edited 2012-07-14 04:15 UTC

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