Is Microsoft Saying Fuck-You to Multi Gamer Households?

According to Edge Microsoft’s next X-Box console is going to require an always on connection to play games and games may be linked to a gamer tag to stop people reselling their games.

I don’t really care about the resell market, I’ve got games that I’ve had for over 20 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever sold a game. I’ve bought second hand games before, but I guess I’ll live without that.

Sure I’ll be a little annoyed that I can’t get classic titles that are out of print any more, I recently got my other half K.O.T.O.R. 1 and 2 for the X-Box and she loved them.

But what will make me think twice about getting an X-Box 720 if they do this is that I live in a two gamer household, with two X-Box 360s and I don’t buy games just for me to play, I buy them so I can play them as well as my other half. I already find it really irritating that we have to decide who gets to activate the DLC code for a game when we buy one, this happened when I decided to give Mass Effect 2 a shot 3 years after my girlfriend completed it: I couldn’t use the online features because she’d used the code on her gamer account.

But if I can’t play the game at all… Screw you Microsoft I’m not even going to buy your console.

Sony have a way around this, they have a parent account and all other user accounts are sub accounts of that account, so I guess if you activate a game for the parent account it would remain active for the sub accounts.

Microsoft don’t, as far as I can tell, do this. They have a family version of X-Box Live Gold which allows you to pay for 4 accounts to be gold for less money, but they don’t have a system of attributing accounts to a household.

To be fair to Microsoft previously they didn’t let you log the same account onto two different consoles without importing it over which would stop it working on the old console, so they recognise the people might own more than one X-Box, but do they recognise that more than one person might “Own” a game?

I’m not averse to buying two copies of a game to play multi-player, I own two copies of Halo 3 and Borderlands 2, both so that we could play multi-player over 2 consoles, but I really object to buying a game twice so that both myself and the person I live with can play a single player game.

Take This!

This awesome epic take on the “It’s Dangerous to go alone” meme is pretty well epic… No wonder The artist behind it Jerry Nowlin goes by the name its truely epic on Tumblr and @trulyepic on Twitter. It’s available for $10 on  shirt punch today and today only…

Maybe this would be a good time to mention that tomorrow is my birthday…

In fact screw it I’m getting this as a birthday present for myself…

Bought!

 

Sincere Gift For Valentines Day

I Hate the Valentines day industry but I am still madly in love with you

I can totally get behind this message, Valentines Day is a commercial holiday, it’s got nothing to do with love and everything to do with card companies, restaurants, florists, hotels and resorts and a whole load of other people trying to make a quick buck out of people’s guilt.

Screw that. That said in buying this you are still supporting someone who is taking advantage of Valentines day, they may be marketing to people who hate it but they are harnessing your hate for evil! It’s like selling T-shirts that say Bah Humbug at Christmas, you may want make a statement about Christmas but you are unwittingly being used.

Maybe I’m just being to cynical…

Via Stellavie