Thanks to the PS4 readying itself for a launch, I see Microsoft took the immature road by yelling "FIRST!!1!!" to the world, and like most comments like this on the internet, then offer nothing else.
Unlike most people, I plan to wait months beyond its release before I buy it. This way, I allow the suck, er, gamers to throw down their cash and tell me what's up with the console (especially if it, you know, crashes and requires a send off to be repaired).
While I am fine with these new consoles being reclassified as "entertainment systems", it's really disappointing to see the gaming market is being forced to change in lieu of proprietary crap like this.
Doesn't matter if the game requires an always-on internet connection, or that codes have to be used to play used games, the bottom line here is Gamestop's billion dollar business model is ruined because everyone else believes those monies should be theirs and no one else.
If this is the future of gaming, they can keep it.
The great news in all this will be those who rush to sell their 360 and games means I can pick them up for a song (and maybe a dance), as I will most assuredly keep my 360 on hand for years to come, thanks to all the "new" games I'll have.
PS: The Kinect will be a deal killer for me. No way in hell will I ever allow Big Business to require a camera in my house for their use. NO WAY.
That's just going far, far, far over the line for "entertainment".
Anyone who complains about this feature in the future, because it will be abused, has no one but themselves to blame.
I applaud your fervor for trying to do something to correct the issues, even if it means "one step at a time", but the problem is the "fix" is covering an issue that, in my opinion, isn't as relevant as the rest of the law.
If someone came to you an claimed patching a leaky hole in a dam is fixing the dam, how much credibility would you put into the remark?
The hole obviously indicates there's a problem with the dam, just as the anti-circumvention clause indicates there's a problem with the law.
I know I should be much more supportive, but I suppose I'm just tired of getting my hopes up only to see the crushed as either not enough people stand up to repair the dam or that the faulty contractor bribes enough politicians to make the issue go away another day.
This is what this law does. It pushes the bigger issues away for another day, and until this day arrives, businesses (who are trying to serve those very customers complaining they can't do with their product as they want) are being closed down due to the much, much bigger problem of the DMCA: take down notices and false claims of copyright ownership.
Bigger fish to fry, and this law seems to be going after goldfish rather than the white whale.
Good luck with this fight, but I hope no one minds I sit this one out.
Of course they're being paid more. When these businesses hire lawyers to shake down $2k+ from people, why sell DVDs and airtime when it's much more profitable to screw over innocent consumers (some are even dead!).
I suspect a raise will occur this year, since business is booming.
This isn't going to change a thing. Having read some articles on this yesterday, the most laughable comment was that "By displaying their prices, customers can then choose what facility they want to visit."
Sorry to curse, but these legislators have no clue what they're talking about (no surprise there).
Anyone who has insurance knows we're locked into a very specific group of health care facilities. In order to save money, we're required to stick with these facilities and physicians.
And the hospitals know it, which is precisely why they charge what they do.
Should the law pass, I still won't have a choice to select the hospital which charges less for the same procedure.
But thanks, government, for pretending this is an issue Americans need so they can sit back and fume they can't make a choice because their insurance prevents it.
To think kids today are going to school is the bigger issue. They're prisons. I mean, they have to literally toe the line worse than actual prisoners do.
It's moronic at its best. Strip away the arts, recess, and now imagination, and we're actually looking at the future of even more shootings since these kids will not adapt because a black mark tarnished them for life.