Consolemakers Gamble That The Future Of Video Games Is Online
from the isn't-it? dept
With the very well hyped launch of the Xbox online system, there are a ton of articles today about online gaming. SFGate is running a story looking at some of the challenges to moving games online. The benefits are clear: the potential to earn extra money after the game itself is sold by adding on recurring service fees – not to mention the enjoyment of game players who get to play plenty of different opponents online. However, the costs associated with setting up and running those games puts the game publishers into a different type of business. They’re used to making a game, releasing the game, and waiting for the money to roll in. However, with an online game, they need to continually do more work to keep the service going.