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  1. I do like Diablo III's plan. People are raising a stink about nothing over it. Yeah ok, there are auction's for loot people find... all Blizzard is doing is taking the business from ebay, and putting it in their own pockets... I'll never hit the auctions... im not that hardcore. I just like playing the game with friends... not into PVP. I don't see what the fuss is about.

    Thank you! I agree.

  2. "Sony won't block used games, says analyst"

    A widely reported leak from an unnamed industry source about the next iteration of the PlayStation came from "a monkey," according to well-known industry analyst Michael Pachter, of Wedbush Securities. The suggestions that the next PlayStation will block used games is just as unlikely as when it was suggested in 2005 that the PlayStation 3 would block sales of used games following a patent application, Pachter said in a statement released to industry news site GamesIndustry International.

    It is "just a rehash of that old rumor and the recent one about the Xbox 720," he continued, before saying that the story's "reliable source is a monkey." The "consumer backlash" from blocking secondhand games would be huge, Pachter said. It would also be unlikely to help the firm financially, he said, though he did admit that it might benefit the larger publishers such as EA and Activision "slightly."

    This backlash will prevent Sony, Nintendo, or Microsoft from unilaterally blocking used games, he said. While a multilateral move might mitigate some of the fallout, none of the three firms "are evil enough to do it together."

    As well as a consumer backlash, Pachter indicated that GameStop--which he sees as the biggest potential loser in this scenario--would simply refuse to carry the console. This refusal would naturally hurt sales of the platform, he said.

    I honestly don't think this will happen. The big 3 know how many hoops they would have to jump through to make that whole concept a feasible reality.

    I think it's interesting how it would play out if this concept came to fruition. Anything is possible, but the only way it could happen that made it all worth it is if all 3 companies agreed to adopt this standpoint. Would that happen? Or would one go for it and another pull out to watch their rivals suffer in sales? If they all agreed to it, Gamestop would likely go under. Which is the whole point, right? If they won't agree to a much more reasonable share split for the developers and publishers from the sale of used games, put them out of the industries misery, right? Only possible if they all agreed and had some sort of legal document binding them to their agreement. Would that be considered illegal in some way, conspiring to end a company like Gamestop? A convoluted monopoly of some sort?

    Just some random food for thought. =)

  3. Much of what's been said in this thread has me face palming. Nothing will change in terms of revenue in the long run. The short of it is that gamers will not stop gaming. I sure as hell won't. I'll adapt to whatever solutions the industry comes up with. Just like we always have. Quality in games is purely perspective. There are a ton of "contra clones" out there being made all the time by indy developers. Support them!

    Quit ragging on companies like Blizzard who are literally pioneering into new territory with this industry and are honestly doing the best they can with what they have to work with. Not 1 or 2 people run the whole company. Tiers and tiers of employees all having varying degrees of responsibility who still answer to other people. Don't condemn the whole because of the few. Activision actually has little to do with the development process of Blizzards games. They were simply put there to manage their finances better and have done an excellent job financially. WoW is not lacking from quality in the least. Its the best out there, hands down. There simply aren't enough resources to go around to make everyone happy. They don't exist. Money is not a resource, by the way. Talent is what I'm specifically talking about.

    Christ, there is so much to tackle in this thread and on this topic, I'm kind of bouncing around irritated. lol

    I know I've kind of been playing the devils advocate here, but I do have my own similar opinions concerning all of this. What aggravates me the most is that the majority of people bitch and complain about the -wrong- things. The ignorance surrounding the industry is astounding to me. If you're going to complain, be productive about it, consider all sides of the story first, get the facts straight and make a legitimate argument.

    I think it does suck that they are seriously considering doing away with used gaming instead of there being a way to work around it that makes everyone involved relatively happy. Gamestop has been screwing the gaming industry for years. Despite popular belief, game developers don't make a hundred grand a year and money grub all they can from the consumers. Things have been tight for many, many developers out there resulting in lay offs, companies closing, etc. I don't blame them for wanting to stiff arm Gamestop and similar stores for practically stealing the ridiculous profit they are making off of used games.

    But you know what? I'll get over it. If they do something that just isn't financially feasible for the consumer, they will feel it. They will hear about it. They will change it. That's how it works everywhere, especially in the gaming industry.

    I apologize for the ranting wall of text, but this is something that is and always has been very near and dear to me and I keep up with many aspects of the industry on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. The forum threads and blog posts from the self-important, overly opinionated masses are dripping with ignorance, spite, and unproductive whining. To these kinds of people, I say: Shut the fuck up and buy some more games or go the fuck away. Your business won't be missed.

  4. It's definitely closer to PS3 quality than it is to PS2. It's hard to tell the difference in some games, IE: Wipeout 2048, Rayman Origins, and Uncharted. I've seen worse looking PS3 games. lol

  5. Leaps and bounds. It's a huge improvement over the PSP. It's up to Sony to support it properly this time and for devs to take some chances instead of releasing 3 man dev team games all year to avoid potential financial loss. :rolleyes:

  6. I've read alot of articles about square enix messing up horribly, for example announcing sequels before they release am actual game, they have lost millions recently for incompetence and imo are more and more of a dissapointment. This is also spitting in the face of the die-hard FF VII fans, who have waited ever so long for a remake and they remake another final fantasy which doesn't have such bad graphics to begin with, and i'm one of them. And if you're not with me on that, that's fine, here's another one: Final fantasy 6, voted best final fantasy by many, how would THAT be for a HD 3D remake ?

    It's not spitting in the face of us die hard FFVII fans because it isn't a "remake", it's an HD polish. A small team of devs can do all of that. I am still waiting patiently and praying that they have some kind of ridiculous Collectors Edition available when they finally do give FF VII a proper remake. :goodjob: