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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Console should remain a console
by Kochise on Sun 7th Jul 2013 06:40 UTC
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In the good ol'time, the game industry lived from selling the console at 'bargain' price then made its revenue from selling games with a large margin. I say the whole game industry because by a very strange phenomenon, all prices were pretty leveled.

Then the printer industry copied that and started to sell printers at very low price but ink is now sold at a price gold seems cheap in comparison.

Now the game industry, while making fun (of their consumers) and money from the hardware and 'online' games (less costful physical medium, the gamer pays for a larger hard drive to hold the game) and a monthly fee, they are also spoiling the 'experience' with ads. No just in-game ads...

I wait for the printer industry move, where you'll see ads pops up on your printed pages.

Then Microsoft will do it directly into your Word pages, Excel sheets, Powerpoint slides.

Hmmm, yummy future...


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