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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Sorry but when I was 15 (when the game came out), nobody my age could afford a private server. Everyone had a proper copy of half life if they played online.

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Kivada Member since:

Then you must not have been any good at the games, had you been a decent player, or one in a more prominent clan then someone would have offered it to you.

I never had my own server, but I had been offered access to several for various games over the years. Some geek with a relatively fast upload and a spare box hosts the server, sometimes his clan charges a small fee of like $5 one time for access, sometimes not. The connection and specs don't have to be all that great either, since at most he's only got 64+/- people connecting at peak and the server's requirements are a fraction of those of the game itself, thus you can use an old comp as the server.

With the private server it doesn't matter that your install is pirated, since you've disabled it's ability to call home.

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lucas_maximus Member since:

I only played for fun and I had a 56k modem so ping usually killed me. The odd time I played on a lan, I usually did alright.

In any case Esoteric use cases an argument doesn't make.

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st1ckfigure Member since:

That doesn't seem to augment your point. You are not 15 anymore, internet connectivity is much more ubiquitous, and a lot of people do have private servers.

Honestly though, I wonder how long it will take before someone just builds a mod chip in that will simply fake the whole "phone home" thing MS is going for. Unlike, say, Diablo III, most of the processing isn't really taking place server-side for these games, so there would be no functionality lost(other than multiplayer) if someone just duped the system into being offline. And with the system architecture being so much more familiar this time around, I can't help but wonder if the turnaround time for a mod chip like this will be a lot shorter.

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