Kajetan wrote on Mar 3, 2013, 15:27:
DukeFNukem wrote on Mar 3, 2013, 14:40:There is no longer a monolithic group of people who share the same gaming experience. I do not have anything in common with someone who just wants to shoot something from his couch after work in a scripted CoD campaign. Yet we both are called gamers and everyone assumes we share some common gaming interests. WE DO NOT!
I don't play as much games as I used to but that's by choice as I get older. I still love games. Your post appears to suggest, in a very cryptic manner, that gamers are different now than what they used to be. I don't think that's true really.
After having established this, i dont feel hate from the majors towards their demographic because i'm no longer part of it. I simply do not care if EA or Ubisoft make games or go bancrupt. These companies no longer offer me anything i would like to have. And i have no need for a new generation of consoles. Last year i bought a PS2 and i'm having so much fun discovering and playing all those nippon RPGs. Only with the back catalogue from the PS2 i'm set for years. And there are new indie games, new kickstarter projects to fund or to await.
So, if MS, Sony and Nintendo in cooperation with the major publisher all declare "war" on their customers just because they can ... I DO NOT CARE AT ALL! I have my games that i like. I will have A LOT of new games i would like, offered with reasonable prices, without DRM or any snake oil DLC scheme behind them.
This part of the gaming industry i do like. The other part? Beats me, it no longer has any relevance to me.
Now that you explain it better I do sense a change in, not only, the specific area of "games" but consumer media in general. Since software, e-books, and movies can be produced an infinite number of times, it seems the greedy bastards want to produce an infinite supply of revenue.
The rumors circulating about the possibility of Sony/Microsoft blocking "used" games on the PS4/XBox720 would be enough for me to not purchase either one, if that became true.
It's like people want to get paid again, and again, and again for the same amount of work.
If media weren't so high-priced to begin with there would be a lot less piracy in the world.
I can't tell you how many games I have purchased on Steam(well actually I can but I am trying to be as dramatic as possible) on sales when I felt they were at the right price. Now, everything I buy on Steam is non-transferrable(well, unless I sold my entire catalog of games) but that's okay because most of my purchases were so cheap there's not much of a point in selling them. I got "Jade Empire:Special Edition", "SW:Knights of the Old Republic", and "SWKOTR 2" all for $2.49 on sale.
Steam is THE solution to piracy. Selling e-books, movies, and video games at a "reasonable" price is the solution to piracy. Oh btw, those games weren't on any wish list.
But to summarize what I am trying to say. It seems like in the old days when you bought a software license or a movie or a new LP or CD it was basically "yours". Not to make money off illegally but you could do what you wanted with it. Now, it seems everybody is more in the mindset of "renting" you a good time versus "selling" you a good time. Nothing but greed.