Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Jun 2013 23:02 UTC, submitted by M.Onty
Games "Microsoft has sensationally abandoned its controversial plans to restrict the sharing of XBox One games, and has also removed daily online authentication requirements for its forthcoming console", reports The Guardian. They had no choice. Still a good move.
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RE[2]: Hahahahahahaha
by BushLin on Thu 20th Jun 2013 00:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Hahahahahahaha"
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Well I come from the angle of wanting to keep playing good games regardless of their age.

Can you imagine trying to fire up Civ2 or Super Mario Bros 3 and a message came up saying it couldn't communicate with the game server so fuck you, you can't play?

Microsoft were creating a scenario where a much loved game would be impossible to play in 10-15 years time, let alone 25 years. You will find no promises from Microsoft (prior to the recent reversal) as to how long the system would be supported.

Now I can understand why someone who works in IT would wonder why you'd want to run decades old software but while Amiga OS doesn't cut it for my regular computing needs.... Lemmings is still dam good fun.

With regards to the price of games, I have no problem picking up great games for less than £5 and we're talking huge titles like Red Dead Redemption... just a few years after you perhaps.

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RE[3]: Hahahahahahaha
by lucas_maximus on Thu 20th Jun 2013 00:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Hahahahahahaha"
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You never mentioned Steam which does exactly the same thing and has been around for 11 years.

I remember it quite clearly when you copy of Half Hife 2 was quite clearly tied to your steam account.

I was 20 at that time and I remember seeing in a record shop (vinyl records and cassettes) that a copy of half life 2 was being sold second hand and I knew whoever picked that up was a fool.

Edited 2013-06-20 00:22 UTC

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RE[4]: Hahahahahahaha
by stabbyjones on Thu 20th Jun 2013 00:39 in reply to "RE[3]: Hahahahahahaha"
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You could play half life 2 in offline mode. That's how I played it on my cousins steam account.

Sounds like a borrowed game to me...

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RE[4]: Hahahahahahaha
by BushLin on Thu 20th Jun 2013 00:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Hahahahahahaha"
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You're right, I didn't mention Steam.

Given the post you replied to why would I buy a game from Steam?

I found (after purchase) that Football Manager 2012 uses Steam to authenticate, needless to say I now check for such things beforehand.

Edited 2013-06-20 00:46 UTC

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RE[4]: Hahahahahahaha
by ze_jerkface on Thu 20th Jun 2013 04:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Hahahahahahaha"
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Steam doesn't control the hardware.

Microsoft makes the hardware and when this gen is over will be motivated to push Xbox One gamers over to the next system.

Why should we believe that they would keep the activation servers going?

Because they are a super nice company that loves gamers and is always trying to put their interest over company profits?

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RE[4]: Hahahahahahaha
by bassbeast on Thu 20th Jun 2013 11:35 in reply to "RE[3]: Hahahahahahaha"
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No it does NOT, please quit trying to spread FUD to support your position. Not only does Steam give you THIRTY DAYS in offline mode, hassle free, you know how long it takes to crack your Steam game if you want longer than 30 days? About 15 minutes, I have done it when I wasn't sure if I was gonna have a connection for longer than 30 days I just went to gamecopyworld and took less than 20 minutes. With the xbone you better be good with a soldering iron.

And unlike Xbone Steam gives you free updates (MSFT charges devs $10k to update, so your games will always be out of date), Steam gives you free MP, Steam gives you chat, Steam gives you matchmaking and ya know what? YOU HAVE CHOICE! You don't HAVE to use Steam, heck I just got the Serious Sam humble Bundle and the majority of games were DRM free! Oh and FYI if you hurry you can get Torchlight 1 for free at GOG but it ends today so you have to hurry!

But you are acting like we have Steam or nothing when IRL Steam HAS to have lower prices because WE CAN BUY ELSEWHERE while MSFT has a captive audience, not even comparable.

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RE[4]: Hahahahahahaha
by TM99 on Fri 21st Jun 2013 05:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Hahahahahahaha"
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Dude, always with the Steam meme.

Steam does not own the hardware. Steam is not the only choice for PC gamers. There are countless others from Humblebundle to GoG to Gamespy. And guess what? No DRM. No internet connection required. Just purchase, download, and play.

Get off the damned Steam bullshit. PC gamers still have choices including Steam. Microsoft intends to move forward with this non-choice walled garden approach in the future.

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RE[3]: Hahahahahahaha
by WorknMan on Thu 20th Jun 2013 02:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Hahahahahahaha"
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Can you imagine trying to fire up Civ2 or Super Mario Bros 3 and a message came up saying it couldn't communicate with the game server so f--k you, you can't play?

Right. As I see it, there are basically two types of people:

1. Those who actually want to own their games
2. Those who want to rent their games long-term digitally from services like Steam

I got nothing against either crowd, as long as companies continue to give us an option. That way, both sides are happy. Well, at least until the online service is shut down and the second group is screwed out of their entire catalog, but hey... at least *I* don't have to worry about that ;)

Edited 2013-06-20 02:29 UTC

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