So i have had discussions about this before, and i am not trying to troll or anything of that matter. I have a 360 and used to pay for live, before i switched over to PS3 and found out how much was actually behind this paywall in Live. I had the 360 as my main console until 2012/2013 when i bought the PS3 in 2012 and slowly changed over to the PS3. The 360 had a lot of great games that kept me interested in it like Forza, Dust An Elysian Tale, Mark of The Ninja, Trials and more.
The reason i am posting this is, people i have had discussions with justify the paywall for apps and features that are free everywhere else. But they charge you to use them on the Microsoft platforms. With the latest even being Elder Scrolls online which now requires you to pay for Live and the subscription. Yet this is free on the PC and PS4. Also apps like Netflix and similar ones have a double paywall just to use them on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Personally i don't see why this should even be a policy. I don't have any real issue with them or Sony charging for online, because it costs money to do that even though it is free to play online on PC. But i don't see why anything should be behind this paywall on the Microsoft consoles at all.
So can anyone genuinely tell me why this is even a thing. And please refrain from using "It's Microsoft, they do it because they can." I just can't justify the whole service with the way it is now or in the future the way it is now to be honest.
Does anyone feel the same way or can Microsoft justify this?
I have been reading and watching people that think the upcoming generation will become the worst generation ever. I personally disagree with it The last generation was perhaps the worst when it comes to business practices overall, but i still think it was a generation filled with good games. The shady microtransactions and taking content out of the game, only to put it in as DLC on the store.
Personally, i think games have grown a lot this generation with great storytelling, improved gameplay and overall better games. There are still games that rip the customer off, but it's much clearer in my opinion who actually does that kind of bad business. You should vote with your wallet when you buy a game, about what you find is good business practices and what is a good game.
The gaming industry also has grown when it comes to games overall. With indie games and even blockbuster games trying new things. We also have a bad side to gaming, milking games to extreme lengths. Guitar Hero, sports games and Call of Duty unfortunately. But we also have loads of new ip's that gave us amazing stories this generation.
Coming to the end of this console generation we experience a lot of sequels, because of the long generation this was not unusual. I really hope the new generation will give us a breath of fresh air with new original ideas and perhaps reviving old franchises that we love.
I hope bad games and bad business practices will not be as big this generation and i also believe it won't be that bad. I try to be positive with looking forward to good games and voting with my wallet. Does anyone feel the same?
Jim Sterling adressed this pretty well. More and more games are going the Fee-to-play model. Requiring more money for things that unlock or require money for something that is already in the game is despicable. I am not personally against microtransactions for costumes or things that doesn't effect the outcome or the enjoyment of the game. But games like Ryse, Gran Turismo, Forza and other games have put a grind in the game AFTER you pay 60 bucks to play it. Making the game a grind to get the car you really want, but giving the option to buy it to give some players some sort of advantage by giving them credits with real money is stupid. It should not be that diffucult in the first place.
This kind of business practice has to die. The gaming industry can't move forward if they keep milking games even after you pay full price for it. I understand these business practices for actual Free-to-play games, because they are free and have to make a profit somehow, But with these big games that actually get full price when you buy them is a really bad idea and they will hear it. People should vote with their wallet by not buying these games and not buy into these microtransactions aswell.
This trend is not new, the last generation we had the on disc DLC and leaving in game content out of the actual game and selling the content as DLC is a business practice that happend last generation and it doesn't seem that the publishers want to stop this money milking from their loyal fanbase. Online passes, on disc DLC, DLC left out of games, the introduction of microtransactions, Exclusve content for preorderes, DRM games that launch and don't work, Season Passes, Day One DLC and overpriced DLC for games. This is something that will continue as long we allow these practices to happen by buying either the game or the additional content for those games. Because as long as we as gamers support these bad business practices this stuff will be there
When i started on this site i was playing a PS2, now the PS4 is about to launch in Europe and it's been a long ride. I have gone through games like Battlefront 2 on the PS2 to games like Mass Effect and Tomb Raider on the 360 and PS3. There are a lot of people i have gotten to know through the years and i have pretty much seen how the site has changed through the years for bad and for worse.
I have seen and lived through two major site updates and seen the bad and the good on this site. The firing of Jeff Gerstman and many of the controversial decisions Gamespot has done over the years to the growth of the awesome community and the unions. It's had its up and downs, but i still like this site.
The one thing that first drew me in was the whole idea of the forums and interacting with people on this site. Also getting news and having debates about games and issues have been a big part of the forum life i have been part of.
The reviews have also been a big part on why i have been on the site getting informed on games i want and feeling the waters, it has changed a little lately, but i still go here for news and debate.
i have expressed my issues with the site to the staff and other users here and they mostly agree. I like this site and i have for nearly a decade. I hope the developers and managment will listen.
Since i started as i stated before i have changed my taste in games with only liking RPG's and Sports games when i was younger to growing to like racing, action/adventure, First-Person-Shooters, Third-Person-Shooters, hack and slash, mmo's, stealth games and even rythm games to an extent. I have gotten deeper into gaming in this last gen than i ever was and that is thanks to the big library developers have given us, Not only the big names, but also the smaller ones.
I started out with the 360 in late 2007 when my little brother decided he wanted to take the leap into the next generation in gaming. I was pleasently surprised how big the leap was compared to the PS2. I played a lot of games on the 360 and enjoyed my time on it. But since 2011 there were few games that really compelled me to get exclusives. There were mostly games like the arcade games from the online marketplace or games like Forza 4 and Horizon. So i decided to buy the Playstation 3 last year. I haven't had any regrets when i bought it. The reason my brother and I chose to go with the 360 in the first place was the price. Where i live it would have costed us 1000$ to get one, and we didn't have that money as teenagers. But when the price finally dropped a little and i saw it on sale last year i had to get one. I have been a fan of Sony since the early PS2 days. I have enjoyed so much of the library the both of the consoles have given me and choosing either one this generation has not been a mistake nor would i say for anyone else. They both have strong and weak sides. But i am a positive person that looks more towards the positive sides than the weak ones.
In retrospect i think this generation of gaming has been the one with most variety when it comes to games. Storytelling, gameplay, graphics, etc have all had big leaps and matured during the course of this generation.
So just wondering if anyone agrees or has some sort of input?
The last few days i have been pondering about why gamers are so angry all the time. I watched boogie2988 also known as Francis on the net getting just so much hate and anger because he got a PS4 a few days before the rest of us. The comments are vile and hateful for really no reason. It's not just that incident. The whole "Resolutiongate" as it is called is blown out of proportions. If you don't like the Xbox One and it having fewer pixels, then don't buy it. There are people that don't care about this and people need to calm down.
Gaming is suppose to be fun and relaxing and at times competative. You shouldn't judge anyone by their choice of console or games just because you picked something different. We should be able to enjoy this without being called things. Gaming seems to have gone down this path where anyone outside of the gaming industry bubble just looks at and sees scary things like the angry gamers that feel entitled.
When someone changes something in a COD multiplayer and recieves death threats because of it shows something has gone wrong somewhere. Not saying that other places on the internet are better as a whole. But every week gamers are angry about something i feel and these entitled guys and girls recieve the most attention because they are so loud and vile.
Gaming should be fun and something you enrich your life with instead of getting angry every day for something that in the big picture is silly. I think most guys like us that are in the forums are reasonable most of the time and enrich our lives. But it's sad to see what gaming has become just the few years with guys getting angry over anything.
I am not saying it's not ok to be critical, but constantly not being happy about gaming or other people's choices is destructive. I am just ranting here what