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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Funny thing about that is, it wasn't so long ago that most Linux enthusiasts, when asked about gaming, said things along the lines of "just get a console, PC gaming is on the way out." Just goes to show how difficult it is to predict the future when it comes to technology.

I am a Linux enthusiast, although that's unrelated to the reasons why I agree with the "just get a console": while I'm not an avid gamer by any means I sometimes enjoy playing the occasional brand new "AAA" game, and I'd rather do so without forking money every year just to keep my computer hardware updated.

I also prefer playing games laying on my couch instead of sitting on a chair, and while technically I could plug my PC to my TV (which is the setup I already have anyway) and use a controller, that would imply even beefier hardware to keep the game smooth at the native TV resolution.

I've never said anything about PC gaming being on the way out, though. I'm just no longer interested in it.

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