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During today’s Xbox One press conference, Wired revealed that Microsoft’s new console will have a system in place that forces you to install the game to the hard drive. This would allow you to play the title straight from the console without the actual game-disc involved whenever you’d like, which sounds like a great idea except for the fact that the disc itself would become useless for another user unless a fee was paid:
“Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc.
But what if a second person simply wanted to put the disc in and play the game without installing – and without paying extra? In other words, what happens to our traditional concept of a “used game”? This is a question for which Microsoft did not yet have an answer, and is surely something that game buyers (as well as renters and lenders) will want to know. (Update: Microsoft called Wired after this story was originally published to say that the company did have a plan for used games, and that further details were forthcoming.) [X]”
Obviously, this Microsoft’s way at fighting against the robust used market that profits directly from second-hand selling of video games. However, the aforementioned fee for doing something as simply borrowing a game from a friend or renting through GameFly or a RedBox kiosk really bugged me since there was no mention of how much this Xbox One would charge the user for such a heinous crime against the industry.
Enter Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison to explain how this will all work in an interview with Kotaku:
“‘The bits that are on that disc, you can give it to your friend and they can install it on an Xbox One,’ he said. ‘They would then have to purchase the right to play that game through Xbox Live.’
‘They would be paying the same price we paid, or less?’ we asked.
‘Let’s assume it’s a new game, so the answer is yes, it will be the same price,’ Harrison said.” [X]
As someone who regularly purchases and rents titles through GameFly, I don’t believe that I will be supporting this new Xbox One if this is what they plan on doing with the system. I was actually very intrigued at all the hype surrounding this new console before the conference, but the always Kinected news along with the second-hand fee just absolutely kills it for me.
What a terrible, terrible move on Microsoft’s part.
Golden Moustache Presents ‘Sex in Video Games’
I am seriously looking forward to Friday for this one. I played through a couple of levels on the Wii but really hated some of the waggle controls. Thankfully, the controls have been adjusted for better play on the 3DS, and I’m hoping for a better game all around because of it.
Apparently, my girlfriend took this photo a couple of months back and uploaded onto my MiiVerse profile with the caption “Super Camel 64”.
I… I don’t even… what the hell is going on here!?
It is the truth.
File this under things I never knew — In WCW/nWo Revenge for the Nintendo 64, Wrath was a hidden unlockable character that could only be attained through using a GameShark. Wrath’s moveset was completed but certain holds and submission animations of his were glitched but still playable.
The strange thing is that I never once heard of this whenever the game came out, but I fell for another rumor regarding a hidden character. I remember reading that if you attained every championship in the game with Kidman, the Ultimate Warrior would do a surprise run-in and become immediately available to play as in your roster.
I burned through an entire Saturday just to find out that The Warrior unlock method was complete horseshit and he was nowhere to be found in the game.
Deadpool Cover Art Revealed
I’m not the biggest fan of Deadpool, but I’m always interested in more superhero games. High Moon have made some pretty all right Transformers games for the consoles, so I have faith that they will do the same with The Merc with a Mouth.
The game is set to release on June 25th with Amazon (oddly) listing it at $49.99. Personally, I’m hoping for a title that’s more in line with Wolverine: Origins as opposed to a Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions…
As a fan of the NES classic and as someone who was actually gaming when Shadowgate 64 was released, I’m looking forward to being let down during my first play through of this title. I knew better than to give up my $70 for this game when it was originally available, but I do regret never renting it.
Here goes nothing…
I’ve never seen King of the Nerds, but based on all the hateful comments PLUS the fact that they can’t even get the Konami code correct makes me want to stay as far away from this shit as I can.
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