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@o_ci2007 Then again, if you could save $10 a month you could buy an extra downloadable game a month.

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@ReyesArts25 @Ghostdog201 "Never in my 9 years of membership have I experienced LIVE shutting down"?

Really? Because it was down this year a few times, the last this December when cloud saves stopped working. And I have received Undertow for free after two separate shortages, even though I have no interest in playing Undertow.

So... maybe you just don't use your Xbox much? Maybe?

Also, the "game connection" thing rarely has anything to do with Live, as plenty of servers are provided by publishers instead of Microsoft, the part about "connecting to others" is absolutely identical on both platforms and cross game chat may not be available on the PS3, but you know where it's available for free?

On the PC, PSVita, Mac, iPhone, Android Smartphones, iPads and Android tablets.

For free.

I've owned every console on this generation since launch and gaming PCs for 25 years and Microsoft has been the only company ever to charge for playing all games online. That thing in your post is straight up, completely mindless fanboyism. Live works well, and whoever in MS successfully pulled selling that service is a frickin' genius, but as far as value proposition I am baffled that it holds as well as it does in the face of, say, Steam, if you're too busy fanboying to accept PSN as a comparison.

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@fa11en1134 Oh, man, I hear you. At one point they were doing things that mobile companies had been successfully sued for over here where I live. In the end they caved and now it's possible to cancel from Xbox.com, so that's fine now.

That said, you should have seen heard how far off the script the phone guy asking me "why do you want to cancel, sir?" like some sort of cult leader when I answered "because you're asking me this". It took a while to explain the circular logic of cancelling a paid service because of how obscure the cancellation process is, but I think it eventually sunk in.

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@mr-gadgets To clarify, the only stuff that's behind the Plus paywall is basically cloud saving and background downloading. Everything else that you pay for is just access to full games and discounts.

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@mr-gadgets @DrFrogg Yes again.

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Warren, dude, language is articulated and conventional, communication is any exchange of information. It's not that it's "more grounded". How did you make it two years in linguistics without learning how to express that difference? Gah. Killed me every time he repeated it.

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Even these pics don't really capture the diference. I mean, Dead Space I've seen on both a decent Dell XPS machine and consoles and that leap from 720p to 1600+ resolution is extremely noticeable. Sometimes the PC version is almost too crisp, exposing low poly modelling that wasn't obvious on the consoles, for instance. If you output your PC through a good 1080p HDTV, though, the results are simply amazing. But I stll go with consoles on most multiplatforms. To be honest, I can't be bothered to get that bulky, sort of noisy desktop PC going just to play for an hour. Convenience is key here.

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It makes me so mad, really. Gamespot editors whine all the time about fanboys engaging in the console wars with illogical arguments, but they're not above ridiculously nitpicky comparison features designed solely to drive fanboy traffic, at the same time feeding on and fueling the geek wars. Really, for the good of the Internet, stop this. It's just so stupid. Just make a not of the differences in reviews if they are noticeable and stop feeding the trolls. For the record, and since posts like this tend to be met with "oh, he's a XXXX fanboy" reactions, I do own all three consoles, and I'm not above channel switching between two versions of the same game to see how they look (the answer is identical, by the way). I just do it in the privacy of my own house, without causing IQ80s to break into a berserker rage.

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What Sony can do to make me buy a PS3, eh? Well, they could give me a job so I could pay for it. That'd be a start. Other than that, I do think the PS3 is a nice deal that will only get better with time. If and when BluRay becomes something I'm interested in (more or less at the same time I buy myself an HDTV), the PS3 will have become a bargain. But the one thing Sony needs to improve and market better, I agree with the GS staff, is their free multiplayer. Let's be honest here for a minute, I'm not going to pay a single cent to MS to play online over Live Gold. I'll be caught dead before I pay a fee to play Need for Speed or FEAR online when it's free on the PC. Gear of War? Yeah, it's nice, but it's already 60€, I'm not going to add more money ont top of that for the online portion. Maybe if MS gave me back my fee in Live Arcade stuff I'd think about it, but turns out I have to pay for that on the side. I'm a pay once play forever kinda guy. I don't like microtransactions and I don't like monthly fees. Much less monthly fees to unlock features in games. I'm not the only one, either. By MS's own accounts, 40% of 360 are online but just below 20% pay for Gold. That means 80% of 360 owners don't want to pay to play online or don't want play online at all. Now, Sony gives me that for free. That's good. But nobody's mentionng it. Sony should be there yelling "You know? By the fourth year you own a 360 you'll have paid them the price difference in monthly fees, so save up a bit, buy a PS3 and stop wasting your money every month". But they're not. They just come out and babble about Home and how rumble is last gen "cause I say so". Of course, their online service isn't nearly as good as MS's at this point. If they fix that AND keep it free, that'd be a major selling point in the US (not so much in Europe and Japan, I think). Maybe they should learn from Nintendo, not Microsoft. Nintendo kept their systems easy on the DS, and it seems the Wii one will be identical. Basically, they stopped trying to manage huge user databases and matchmaking. They gave players a big red button with the word "Online" on it. You hit it, you're playing online. No lobby, no nothing. Of course, the prize to pay was friend codes to play with specific rivals, but that annoying, unreasonable detail aside, that model works for me. Instead, Sony seems to have tried to do everything MS is doing without knowing exactly how. They'll probably get there, eventually, but the time it'll take will probably work in MS's favor.

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