Crap like this is why I rarely play games on the PC anymore. I will end up playing Diablo 3 and yes it's online DRM but I plan on playing a lot online. Usually everything else I want to play will be on the XBox 360.
Here is an experiment I would love to see WB do. Have WB pick two movies coming out this year, The Dark Knight Rises and some other random release. Have the dvd ready to go outside the theater for sale but the only way you get it is to hand over you movie stub in exchange for being able to buy the dvd. The theaters don't get burned and I bet WB sells a ridiculous amount of dvds over that opening weekend.
First rule of business is 'Don't make it hard for people to give you money.' This move is utterly insane on Warner Brothers part. I don't understand why the big 4-5 or how ever many there are, don't get together and offer a streaming service themselves. That way they could cut Netflix out of the picture and maybe people would actually get what they want.
I gladly pay 20 a month to watch my beloved Blackhawks in the middle of Georgia. I occasionally watch another team but mostly just the Hawks. I would love for the English Premier League to figure out how to get streaming going so I can watch my Tottenham Hotspur. I've given up on the NFL doing anything for fans and I am lucky that I live just far enough outside of Atlanta so I get to watch all the Falcon games.
Seems like the pro sports leagues could figure out a way to get all matches streamed. Couldn't be that hard, heck to just broadcast the Fox or CBS telecast. The leagues supposedly owns all the broadcast rights to every game anyways, I don't see why that wouldn't work.
I can't believe Nintendo is even relevant anymore. I give 10-1 odds that all the people that bought a Wii use it to collect dust now. The titles Nintendo puts out are what amounts to the same game from 25 years ago and 3rd party support for the Wii is lackluster at best. The last Nintendo product I owed was the original Gameboy back in the mid 90's. Used it to play Tetris.
I assume Tennessee volunteered for this? (Get it?) Otherwise, why wouldn't the DHS choose a more populous state. Seems like there would be more chances or incidents in a place like Atlanta or any other big metropolitan city.
As a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks living in middle Georgia, I am fortunate that their games are very rarely blacked out. Does annoy me when the game is on Versus and I'm not at home yet can't watch the game because it's on Versus. I've written the NHL several times about this and have yet to receive any kind of answer.
As a three year subscriber to the NHL Center Ice internet edition, I can say the NHL provides both the home and away feeds in the stream. So the paid/legal option is there but I understand why people would stream things illegally. I also don't understand why the various sports leagues don't have a way for fans to view their favorite teams out of market. I get that they don't want to upset the TV contracts. It seems to me that if the fan isn't watching or can't watch a game on tv, then the ad dollars that would come from the tv contract doesn't even matter.
Fortunately this will never apply to me, as I will never buy another Sony product ever again. Honestly wouldn't surprise me to find out Microsoft and its XBOX Live has something similar but MS, to my knowledge, has never let any of my personal information be hacked.
As a former store manager of a Gamestop, the used game business is their major profit maker. Even on just released new games, they give $25-30 and then sell that used game for $55. The used game price goes down from there and usually bottoms out around $10-15 after a couple of years. I, personally, trade in games all the time that I am done with. Usually the trade value goes toward a new game coming out later. I rarely buy used games because I generally buy them when the week they come out.
My question to the game companies is this: What am I supposed to do with the 100+ games I have played on the Xbox 360 over the past 6 years? I suppose I could sell them to friends but is that really any different than what Gamestop does? Gamestop just does it on a much larger scale.
Crap like this is why I don't play PC games anymore. I'd rather experience them on Xbox Live with no DRM. This is basically what EA has done with their sports titles. I guess this is much better than the 'always connected' crap Ubisoft pulled a few years ago with AC2. Great call with that, good thing their servers never went down.