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[3]: Hahahahahahaha
by lucas_maximus on Thu 20th Jun 2013 00:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hahahahahahaha"
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

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"
stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

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"
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

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"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

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"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

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"
TM99 Member since:
2012-08-26

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[5]: Hahahahahahaha
by jonoden on Fri 21st Jun 2013 19:02 in reply to "RE[4]: Hahahahahahaha"
jonoden Member since:
2012-02-13

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.


I use Steam, GoG (i've been a user of GoG since they were in beta and I own about 100 games there), Direct2Drive (bought by GameFly I think). I installed Origin to get Kingdom's of Amalur.. Also use GamersGate.. probably a few others.. OH.. BeamDog for BG:EE.. Damn I own like 4 copies of BG.. ;) I've also bought a few Humble Bundles and usually pay over the avg. I only specifically bring up Steam all the time because it's my go-to service due to the convenience and value I get from it. I will buy anything there first before I go searching other services.

Steam is just a good example of stellar digital distribution wrapped in a fantastic service that provides good of value and often fair prices. Can you find better deals for certian titles outside of steam time-to-time. Sure.. I hope we always do, competition is a fantastic thing.

XBox Live Marketplace provides value and service, but their prices could be better. I've bought things there just for the immediacy and convenieice, but I always check Amazon first to make sure that I'm not making a wholly ridiculous move (see AC3 example I posted earlier). If the price is at least almost the same I'll pull the trigger.

It's pretty funny that every time family and friends give me gamestop gift cards for holidays or occasions, I basically use them to get Steam Cards. ;)

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