Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Apr 2013 10:47 UTC
Games More and more evidence is pointing towards the next Xbox requiring an always-on internet connection in order to play any games - i.e., once you lose your connection, you can't play any game at all. Three minutes after losing your connection, "your" game will suspend itself and stop playing. Microsoft's Adam Orth took to Twitter to defend this anti-consumer practice, but he did so in the most ungraceful of ways.
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by pandronic on Fri 5th Apr 2013 11:20 UTC
pandronic
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2006-05-18

I'm a little torn on the matter. On the one hand I simply despise the whole achievement and social fad - it makes bragging to your friends or beating them without playing them more important than actual gameplay.

On the other hand, although some may disagree, some games benefit from being always on (Starcraft 2 for example) and at least in my East European country decent internet access is really wide spread.

I think I'm with the Microsoft dude on this one, but he should've worded it more politely, so that people living in more remote places don't get butthurt.

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by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 5th Apr 2013 11:21 in reply to "Comment"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The problem is not your internet. The problem is Microsoft's own uptime.

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by pandronic on Fri 5th Apr 2013 11:23 in reply to "RE: Comment"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Well, that's a valid point then, I don't own an Xbox and I don't know anything about their up-time. I was assuming 99,999% at least.

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by phoudoin on Fri 5th Apr 2013 14:44 in reply to "RE: Comment"
phoudoin Member since:
2006-06-09

The problem is the *your* -> *their* shift.

I'm not leasing it, I buying it (well, let's suppose I will). Being owner of an hardware platform that can be useless at will, voluntary or not, from the seller, noway.

Microsoft should shift to lease their console. At least that would make then sense.

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by fx__ on Fri 5th Apr 2013 11:40 in reply to "Comment"
fx__ Member since:
2006-03-31

You can play the campaign of SC2 without an internet-connection. However, you need to activate the game once, and then validate your copy every 30 days.

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by pandronic on Fri 5th Apr 2013 12:02 in reply to "RE: Comment"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

You can play it and it's nice, but that will keep you happy for just a few days and also I believe you don't get the bonus portraits for your character if you play offline. Anyway, SC2 is about the multiplayer, singleplayer gets stale fast.

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