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74. Re: Risen 2 DLC Already on Disc? May 8, 2012, 01:14 Beamer
Sepharo wrote on May 8, 2012, 01:00:
Kitkoan wrote on May 7, 2012, 22:55:
Sepharo wrote on May 7, 2012, 18:59:
Beamer wrote on May 7, 2012, 09:06:
What's fun is that this isn't unique to video games.

Want to buy a machine for a factory or even a doctor's office? There's a click fee involved, so every time you use that machine you send some cash to the company that made that machine.

I'm getting laser eye surgery and when I was in for my consultation the doctor was telling me all about the scheme for his laser as you describe. He was showing me these cards that are one time use that cost him some ridiculous amount of money. My mind immediately jumped to DRM/DLC and I had to stop myself from chuckling as I listened to his rage which was along the lines of "These greedy fucking assholes already charged me $5 million for the laser and now they want another $500 every time I use it!"

When I got laser eye surgery, they didn't tell me that... awww...

Granted when they were describing what would happen and they mentioned that I won't be able to blink and they will having something to hold my eye open I immediately said "So it'll be like in Clockwork Orange?" Needless to say they quickly told me no, but was a new one they would have to tell the surgeons.

It's likely because this specific laser is rare. Only one in Michigan, and the doc was tellin me how he gets out of staters discounts at the nearby hotels.

It's much more than just that. For instance, there's a new optical device out there that lets you see 12 layers of the retina without dialating. It's pretty revolutionary. But it's got a click fee of several dollars. It's also selling below cost, I believe, so we're looking at the video game console model.

And when you get your rx and go to get your glasses made? Odds are at least one of the machines used, if not several, also has money going back to the manufacturer for each job done.
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