Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st May 2013 21:38 UTC
Games At an event earlier today, Microsoft unveiled the next Xbox - the third model, but confusingly named Xbox One. The big focus was TV, integrated Kinect, and all the other stuff we all expected to be forced down our throats. I think it took them 25 minutes to actually come to what should be the core of the story: gaming. Nothing groundbreaking in the gaming department, except for how Microsoft intends to handle the used games market and borrowing games from friends: pay up, buddy!
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What about GoG? Or Desura? Or Impulse?

I know that Steam is, far and away, the most popular online system for the purchase of games, and will probably remain such for a long time.

That said, Steam allows you to sign off and use the games offline indefinitely and generally charges significantly smaller fees for their wares, in addition to having numerous sales. The reason people aren't as vitriolic towards Steam about the destruction of the used games market: Steam makes it significantly less necessary.

Not to mention that there appear to be moves being made on Steam to create something of an ersatz used games market through the Trade function. It is, in NO way, perfect, but a combination of thrift and functionality is what makes Steam the exception to the hate(which isn't to say people don't hate on Steam, but it's not nearly as prevalent as it is with the console guys).

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