Re: OK, so there is/was s a Canadian tax on blank media..
Nope. We have anti circumvention here now as well (C-32), We can't legally decrypt anything. If there are any other horrible laws that the US hasn't forced on us yet, we will have them as well soon. The Media tax was intended as a cash grab and resulted in being nothing. The epic result of that tax is that we now labels that say "data CD" and "music CD" and no one buys the music ones.
Are you kidding me? I got a zune as a prize and I couldn't for the life of me get past microsoft's DRM even just to get files onto the damn thing.. How complicated does it have to be to load an mp3 file on a mp3 player? The fact that I don't run windows made it basically a paperweight and I ended up giving it away unused.
It's hard for RIM, they backed themselves into a corner. They were around long before iphone back when all phones sucked, and they absolutely refused to abandon compatibility for them, all their OSes. If you want to write an app for blackberry you are forced to write to the lowest common denominator. They needed to ditch their backwards compatibility obsession long ago in order to be able to have a good customer experience.
Yes, that's true.. What I think the issue is going to be going forward is that PC hardware progress is slowing down tremendously. If these people are like me, they probably already have a PC that can easily do everything these consoles can anyway, and as far as I can see, the actual value being added by the console above that of the PC you already have is becoming less and less. Really the only thing I see that a console adds to someone who already has a decent PC is a good interface that is usable from a gamepad, and that won't be the case for much longer. The exclusive software certainly helps them lock people in so they have no choice if they want certain titles, but how long are people going to continue making exclusive software for them if the value isn't there for consumers?
PC hardware has moved faster than any custom hardware the console manufacturers would have previously made. Consoles are now literally straight PCs. All the generic functionality is there, they just don't let you use it.
I never said they were more powerful, they are just regular full fledged PCs with most functionality locked through software. There absolutely is nothing wrong with standardizing a run of PCs, thats entirely a seperate thing. Standardizing absolutely will make things easier, although honestly they aren't, we have too many competing standards anyway and everything is made general so it will run on multiplatforms.
Standardizing is not the issue at all, it's just that taking PC hardware (standardized or not) and blocking people from using most software on it and pretending it's something different, and then pretending you are innovating by adding back in some of the functionality that you blocked is just insulting people's intelligence.
A tablet is limited because it's lighter and cheaper hardware, Consoles need the same powerful graphics functionality that PCs do and are literally PCs with restrictions added to prevent you from using non gaming functionality.
lol, this is what microsoft wants people to think anyway. They act like unlocking running netflix is innovation. Personally I think consoles aren't going to be around much longer because people are going to realize they are just PCs with more DRM restrictions on them. As it is the only thing holding them up is that certain software is specially locked to only run on them. Unlocking netflix and a browser on your console is hardly something people are going to cheer about. Once someone makes a decent couch friendly interface for PC that catches on, consoles are 100% useless.
Certainly, when you are talking about Valve's own games, thats a whole other story.. Another (imo bigger) issue is that you can't publish to steam without DRM. So they are actually *pushing* publishers to use it when they normally wouldn't. That is inexcusable!
Sure. The issue is that before / without steam, the publishers published themselves and you never knew what did or didn't have DRM in it, or what the DRM was doing to your system. Steam could be GOG instead, but then it wouldn't be steam, it would just be a useless competitor to GOG instead of a popular product. It would not be servicing the mainstream gamers at all, who most definitely would not suddenly stop buying these games and start buying only indie games, they would just have a hodgepodge of mostly unknown and unchecked DRM installed on their systems without their knowledge at all and doing all kinds of crazy stuff.