30 March, 2012

Next gen game consoles, blah blah blah wall of text

So, I've been hearing disturbing things about the next generation of video game consoles. To be precise, to get rid of piracy and second-hand sales, supposedly they're going to make it so that

-Your games are linked to your account, so you can only play them on that one account
-Because they're linked to your account, you have to be online all the time to play your games

That's simple enough. Who the hell these days has a video game console and not an internet connection? And it's not like you're playing online, you just need to log in (even a shitty connection can do that, right) and you can play your games. No problems, right?

Fuck you, there're plenty of problems.

When I buy games I like to be able to keep them away somewhere and then dig them up maybe ten, fifteen years later and play them again. Or yeah, used games- You have to acknowledge the fun of digging through a used game stores' selection of games from a generation or two ago. I still sometimes dig up an old Playstation or Saturn or PS2 game and play it, and though the recent trend of neglecting debugging and relying too heavily on patches after release, and firmware updates to the hardware would probably cause quite a few problems, I'm sure that I'll be doing that in five, ten years with PS3 and 360 games.

So yeah, this bullshit which makes it so that games are just rentals? I don't like it one bit. Especially with that account stuff- If they stop supporting your system, that's it. There go all your games. Your rental is over, your discs are worthless.

Sure, the same goes for Steam, but at least Steam charges ridiculous (I mean in a good, $5 way) prices for lots of their games, and you can get most of the games on it on disc if you want anyway.

This thing with the next generation of consoles, though. From what I've heard, disc or not, the account authentication bullshit still applies. And somehow I really doubt that they're going to give us Steam-level discounts.

So yeah, long story short- I'm not going to fork out the full price for a console game that you can disable whenever you want, asshole. Fuck you.

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