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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Paid or free with Ads
by SaschaW on Sun 7th Jul 2013 15:21 UTC
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I hate ads. I personally like the idea of free-with-Ads or a paid subscription with no ads. Makes a lot of sense to me. But MS does both, they charge you $40/yr for a Gold membership, which I am fine with, but I looking at stupid ads really puts me off. They should do one or the other, but not both. Hulu does something similar. I understand Hulu can't make enough revenue from the subscriptions to cover the licensing fees. I wouldn't mind paying more for a super-premium-ad-free subscription. But paying for a service and watching mindless commercials is a no go for me.

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