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Thought of the Day: Gaming, 15 Jul 13

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My online writing recently has gone into the Zimmerman trial, or else I'd have told you about this a couple days ago:

http://www.change.org/petitions/xbox-one-give-us-back-the-original-xbox-one

That's a petition asking Microsoft to produce the console they showed at E3, with the virtual ownership scheme. Interesting. At this point, Iv'e nearly become a gaming hipster, attracted to any idea opposed to the mainstream, mostly because gamers are such a bunch of f*cking lemmings.

But not quite. I want to be able to A.) Get games on a subscription scheme (think GameFly, but all online), and B.) Share games with my girlfriend. On the other hand, I dont want to be online to play a game that I own permanently, be they digital or on a disc. So I dont want the E3 console.

A recent interview with IGN has got me feeling better about this stuff. The family sharing can come back. Digital distribution programs can still be implemented. A Microsoft exec describes using a disc-based ownership scheme as adding a feature, not removing one. "What we did, we added to what the console can do by providing physical and offline modes in the console. It isnt about moving away from what that digital vision is for the platform. Its about adding that choice."

All this has me feeling good for 2015, or whenever I finally buy the console.

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