Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Jun 2013 08:10 UTC
Games Sony just won the console war for this generation. Not only is the PS4 going to be cheaper, Sony's CEO gloated on stage last night at E3 with the biggest possible grin as he detailed that all that nonsensical DRM crap that Microsoft is pulling, like blocking used games sales and stuff like that? Yeah, Sony's PS4 will have none of that. Sony even made an instructional video to explain how sharing games works.
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RE: Should I be more excited?
by ze_jerkface on Tue 11th Jun 2013 20:01 UTC in reply to "Should I be more excited?"
ze_jerkface
Member since:
2012-06-22

Should we still be buying discs in 2013?


Just because the technology is there does not mean it is in the best interest of consumers to fully adopt it.

Have a look at Steam where $60 games can be found cheaper on Amazon despite the latter distribution method having much higher costs.

Giving publishers pricing control by taking away retail and used game sales pressure is a bad idea. They won't "pass on the savings" just because their costs are lower. This type of Libertarian thinking is extremely naive.

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RE[2]: Should I be more excited?
by tkeith on Tue 11th Jun 2013 21:42 in reply to "RE: Should I be more excited?"
tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

Seams like Steam is doing pretty well for itself. The app stores are doing good as well. Games go on sale when they get old and the developers still get a cut instead of a third party store.

You're assuming whatever is cheapest for you is the best method. If developers don't make money they won't make games. And if they try to chase the cheapskates they will never catch them because they will just pirate games.

The old systems worked the way they did because that's all they could do, not because they were just really nice guys. People pirated mp3s because it was easy and free. When Itunes and others made legal mp3s easy most people were willing to pay for them. Make games easier to download and play, people will buy them too. Steam, Itunes, Play store, are all proof.

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ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Seams like Steam is doing pretty well for itself. The app stores are doing good as well. Games go on sale when they get old and the developers still get a cut instead of a third party store.

You're assuming whatever is cheapest for you is the best method. If developers don't make money they won't make games. And if they try to chase the cheapskates they will never catch them because they will just pirate games.

The old systems worked the way they did because that's all they could do, not because they were just really nice guys. People pirated mp3s because it was easy and free. When Itunes and others made legal mp3s easy most people were willing to pay for them. Make games easier to download and play, people will buy them too. Steam, Itunes, Play store, are all proof.


Steam is doing well for itself but that doesn't mean it is in the best interest of consumers or developers. For one they take a larger cut than the retailer and two pc piracy rates haven't changed since Steam. It doesn't stop piracy so why do you defend the system?

Game developers have to deal with heavy piracy on pc for single player games and that hasn't changed at all. On consoles piracy is already kept in check through bricking and the threat of a lost warranty.

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