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  1. Really, Ubisoft? https://www.change.org/petitions/ubisoft-stop-using-uplay-drm-on-steam-games I've gotta say- I am really annoyed right now, along with plenty of others. I decided to purchase a Watch_Dogs Uplay key off of Green man gaming. Can you imagine? A 14 year-old boy, excited to download one of the most anticipated games of this year, finally receives the code via Gmail and loads it up in Uplay too find Ubisoft's servers at a crrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwl. I've been getting exactly 15 kb/s and at one point it was at 500 b/s, with an estimated time of 7000 hours! What the hell is going on Ubisoft? Thankfully they have addressed this issue with tweets saying that they're "working on it". So let's see if that is truly the case, my internet and computer is undoubtedly fine. I've left this game to download over night and while I was at school- so it's basically been on for about 24 hours and it's only at 3%. This will inevitably get fixed but is a poor outcome Ubi should of known better- one fed up fan made this Change.org petition, it's actually gotten a rather large response so something may become of it. Check it out, you never know.
  2. Hi troop! I read a pretty good article on Escapist. It was written by Greg Richardson, founder and CEO of Rumble Entertainment. Here's the link: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/features/10823-Of-Three-Types-of-Game-Developers-Two-Are-Going-Extinct Very cool reading. Related to the business practices topic, this week we had some nice quotes from From Software and (as always) CDProjekt. From Software mentioned that Dark Souls 2 will not have DLC. "Buy the package and you’ll get the full experience, and you’ll have as much fun as anybody else".Source: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/dark-souls-2-developer-not-looking-to-make-dlc/1100-6416812/ Regarding CDProjekt, they swear that Witcher 3 will not have DRM. That's pretty cool. They explain that DRM is just something CEOs tell the shareholders, so they don't panic. In descending order:http://www.gamespot.com/articles/witcher-dev-publishers-use-drm-as-smokescreen-to-cover-their-a-es/1100-6416136/http://www.gamespot.com/articles/witcher-3-dev-the-game-will-be-pirated/1100-6415914/http://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-witcher-3-on-pc-has-no-drm-whatsoever-dev-insists/1100-6415868/
  3. Is DRM a bad thing, and could it possibly be implemented in say ten years time? Please do read on. I raise this question due to the fact online gaming sales are growing at an alarming rate. I say alarming because once a certain percentage of games are reached per year from Xbox and Playstation's online services. (Supply and Demand business 101) The production cost of manufacturing disc will not be economically viable. It maybe even 5 years time, who knows but I reckon soon. Gamers then would then have no options as to where to buy their content. The second-hand market would die. Jobs would be lost because all transactions would be dealt by computer servers. The Market would go from an open market to a closed market. Is this bad or good or should I ask what are the cons of this? This process intern would raise the chances for DRM to be implemented on any console. Why did they want to implement it I think because developers are losing out on trade ins. Microsoft practically said so in a round about way. If you can only get games from only two market places and can't resell what does this mean? Your consumer rights would be broken in Europe any how if your are unable to resell does this break consumer rights in Europe as far as I know(correct me if I am wrong) it does. I am not sure about USA and its laws. I think there needs to be a system where you can sell your used Digital content. This requires infrastructure to allow third party re-sellers to keep the market open, as it currently stands in the retail disc based industry. Correct me if I am wrong Microsoft could still implement a closed market in the future. this gives more control to them and the developers but at what cost to the gaming industry! A loophole as a handling fee could be used as a stealth tactic for the developer benifit. I see this as very enriching for the industry in a closed console specific market. If there was an open market infrastructure on the internet third party sellers could sell used digital console games via the pc. I could not see Microsoft creating the infrastructure on their console or by Sony for that matter unless told to by that regions government. Its not their prerogative. It would compete with there own marketplace. The only problem with used digital content tradins is that it could sky rocket because its fast simple easy and cheaper than a full price retail game including delivery(on demand). I think developers could lose out on more sales if an open market was used as It currently stands with the disc based part of the industry. It could possibly stranglehold the gaming industry more. Why has Microsoft wanted to seperate Xbox from Microsoft This is why I think Microsoft wanted DRM. Could this be a good thing then? Pay to play subscription like on spotify is an idea. Or is a conditional charge that goes to developers on resale could enrich developers and increase output and quality, a good thing I think so. This is dependant on the developers reputation greed and how passionate they are about games they make. As developers would have more money better games could follow suit. To take action we could not buy downloadable games for our console we could boycott this system of Digital Content. This is radical action? How dependant is the industry on downloadable games. The pc for example has steam, great value and soon to be implemented a share program and a resales program(not sure how that is going to work)My guess is a closed market. The pc market has suffered in the last 15 years because of piracy. If we are going to continue reselling our disc based games. Can the industry support itself, I don't know? Maybe Microsoft doesn't think so. They are losing money as far as I am aware when it comes to Xbox. The pros to used games is we are supporting jobs that used games have made and the economy in all regions. It also enriches the community buy sharing games. Selling games allows you to get rid of products you don't want to somebody else that does(sorry for stating the obvious). Microsoft are possibly doing a clever ploy on getting owners to be online with things like the store and advertisements on the dashboard to really push Digital content or they are just meeting demand. This raises company ethic's, Microsoft and Playstation will probably drag there feet on the floor when it comes to third party resellers when it comes if it comes. Though when the law changes if it does and I am hopeful it will as it stands the industry is so big and consumers need rights of an open market in terms of digital content. Even though a closed market on tradins can enrich the games we play in this case I have stated. As far as I know this is being debated and is a very complex issue, It deals with infrastructure as I mentioned before, sorry. In the physical sense you can go to some shop or many shops and trade in your games they are connected by the physical environment. The option to choose which digital shop, you sell your games at has to have an infasturctured environment where all shops are tied to one market with trade-in digital content codes. This raises two problems how is this setup, and who will create this infrastructure, possiblely a government I don't know . Who knows? If not the Sony and Microsoft will create there own closed market of which console you own you are then bound buy their restriction they put in place when your selling used digital content. So at what cost could digital trade ins make the industry suffer or better dependant on the market that evolve out of the industry. So maybe DRM is a good thing time will tell without it or not, that's left to you guys to discuss. I will be interested to hear what you think could happen to the future of gaming in the next 10 years when it comes to tradins digital or not in an open or closed market!