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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RE: A solution somewhere?
by Lion on Sat 14th Jul 2012 05:55 UTC in reply to "A solution somewhere?"
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In order to play networked multiplayer on xbox, it is necessary to pay for Live Gold.
Suggesting that people jump ship is not really a valid option as that would require giving up not just the console, but access to multiplayer in the already-purchased games library.
If you were to suggest simply jumping ship for future purchases... That's a little more valid but there's still issues with the people you play with not being on the competing platform's service - lack of access to your friends.
That doesn't even bring the functionality into play... Live is a more capable and better integrated multiplayer service than is offered on PS3. I am saying this as a PS3 player.
That said, I play more games on Steam than I do on my PS3 these days.

TL;DR: Voting with your wallet is not as simple as you might think (or hope)as an external viewer of the situation

Edited 2012-07-14 05:56 UTC

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