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Submitted by Gekko 1279d ago | news

Tekken designer Harada San says that gamers are no longer slaves to console makers

The designer of Tekken, one of the world's most popular video game blockbusters, says that console makers can no longer control the way people game.

Harada San, game director and chief producer of fighting game franchise, Tekken, told news.com.au that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo should use their powers for good instead of evil, by joining forces. (Culture, Katsuhiro Harada, Microsoft, Nintendo, PS3, Sony, Wii, Xbox 360)

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Simon_Brezhnev  +   1279d ago
I hope this never happens. If it does happen everybody will be forced to pay to play online. I will just quit console gaming.
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Dante112  +   1279d ago
Yeah, $60 a year just to play online with friends? Would really suck if Nintendo and Sony started to also charge to play online.
nukeitall  +   1278d ago
Nintendo is new, so they don't even know the cost and don't have a real "online centric customer base" yet. However, it would not surprise me if Sony charged for PSN on PS4.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1278d ago
***"However, it would not surprise me if Sony charged for PSN on PS4."***

They already do; PS+ and PS Home.
Dante112  +   1278d ago
@ Outside

PS+ is optional (you can play online without it), not mandatory like MS does with Live (you have to pay to play online) and PS Home is free to use.
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Awesome_Gamer  +   1278d ago
Sony will never do that. Believe me
it's thier main selling point against the comptettion
nukeitall  +   1278d ago
@Awesome_Gamer:

It's a selling point, because when PSN released it was far inferior than Xbox Live and a overpriced PS3. There is no way they could have justified it.

With PS Vita (or PSP for that matter), it is hardly as popular as the 3DS so they need another selling point.

The PS3 still has strong enough branding to include a pay-to-play subscription with the PS4 release. It's a vicious cycle otherwise for Sony, as customers pay and MS keeps re-investing more into Xbox Live, causing more people to pay for it again.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1278d ago
***"PS+ is optional (you can play online without it), not mandatory like MS does with Live (you have to pay to play online) and PS Home is free to use."***

So? Sony does not have to follow Microsoft's pay to play online model in order to get income. There are other ways to get money and PS+ is one of those "other ways."

***"It's a selling point, because when PSN released it was far inferior than Xbox Live and a overpriced PS3. There is no way they could have justified it."***

So you think the reason why Sony didn't charge for PSN was because they couldn't justify it? That makes no sense. If that really was the issue then why not charge at a low price or charge to play online right now? Yeah, that's because they wanted to use free online as a selling point.

***"The PS3 still has strong enough branding to include a pay-to-play subscription with the PS4 release."***

Eh, no. Just because people are willing to do it for the Xbox does not meant people will do it for the PlayStation. Everyone that is saying that Sony should charge for PSN are people that aren't going to pay for it if they do charge because most of them are Xbox players that aren't going to be paying for online for two separate systems. All forcing people to pay to play online will do is shrink the PSN online community which results in less people buying things from the PS store and less people playing and games on PSN.
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kagon01  +   1278d ago
Hypocrisy...

He still follows EA's trend to add online pass and no one says nothing.

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