I haven't bought a game console since N64. I just have a PC, and all I do these days is buy games for $5 off amazon or from steam sales (only if they're pretty much DRM free and not made by a handful of companies I can't stand, like EA) that are a few years old. I've got plenty to keep me busy without needing a new console of any type. Especially since I don't want something that needs another internet connection.
Meant 99.8% but totally pulled a number less than 100% out of my bum to make a point. But yeah, shame on people who think that just because everything CAN be made to be "always online" they don't step back and think SHOULD it be made that way? And in my personal (and professional, actually) opinion, that answer is no.
As a person who writes software, the idea that people want to be "connected" all the time bothers me. I know that I love to 'disconnect', as it were, and play games by myself and such. My internet does not have even 98% uptime; unlike my television and computer.
I would love to know what the industry was offering for the digital rights versus how much they would offer for the physical print rights... And compare those against the prices they'd have set for both editions of the book.
[i]Facebook made its case publicly, agreeing that there were some privacy and civil liberties concerns with the bill, but that on the whole the bill was good.[/i]
I feel a strong irony of the fact that facebook agrees there are "privacy concerns" but agrees with the bill anyway, because that's pretty much the way they feel about user privacy isn't it?
Not quite as ironic as how EA used the trumped up 'social aspect' of the new SimCity as a way to pretend that always-on DRM and no single player was legitimate. Little did they know that the ultimate social aspect of their game would be all the gamers, message boards, news articles and blogs that were bitching about how much EA (and Maxis) royally frakked up a loved franchise.
But EA has been digging this hole for years, so I don't see them doing an about face anytime soon -- whereas Facebook apparently thinks it still needs to save some face.