Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 6th Jul 2013 11:52 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. Game discovery is terrible in the current design of Xbox Live, and the usability of a system that used to be about games is suffering in order for Microsoft to make money on ads." Written a year ago by Ben Kuchera for Penny Arcade. In light of increased advertising efforts in Windows 8.1, this has become relevant once more. In a nutshell, do not count on Microsoft being able to strike a proper balance (thanks, Soulbender!).
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RE: Advertising is a BIG turn off
by WorknMan on Sat 6th Jul 2013 19:04 UTC in reply to "Advertising is a BIG turn off"
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As a registered 'Grumpy Old Man', any adverts I see are a sure fire certainty that I will never ever buy the item being advertised.

Same here, unless I really, REALLY need it for some reason. I will tolerate ads if the content is free, so long as they're not completely obnoxious. (Which they are, most of the time.)

Personally, I'm glad MS is doing this with the Xbone... makes the decision not to buy one that much easier. I wonder when you buy Call of Duty or Halo 27 for $60+, put the disc in and press play, if you'll have to sit through a 30 second video ad first. Personally? I wouldn't put it past them ;)

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