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Free Games: Maybe There’s Hope for Microsoft After All

Jed Pressgrove from Fate of the Game says: "This gesture from Microsoft, to me, is more positive than the company’s recent turnaround on DRM. The turnaround came from pressure applied by Sony and extremely negative word of mouth around the world about Microsoft’s horrible Xbox One policies. Praising Microsoft for the turnaround is like praising a man who finally decides to stop beating his wife."

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devwan1098d ago

ms aren't your friend, they're not buying you a sandwich...

xHeavYx1098d ago (Edited 1098d ago )

So tired of the "you need to renew PS+ to keep the games" excuse. I mean, how long does it take you to finish a game? Also, I would rather get UC3 and Saints Row 3 (2 titles released in 2011) than AC2 (launched in 2009) and Halo 3 (2007).
The free games from MS will stop at some point (when the Xbox One is released I believe) Sony will still give you free games, even PS4 games

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da_2pacalypse1098d ago

It's about value, not quality. You get more value from PS+, and while the XBL gold games may be good, that's not an excuse for giving your loyal fans who have been with your service for 10 years a 6 year old game. 6 year old games are cheap.

xHeavYx1098d ago

The older the games are, the more of a change there is that you already played the game. I mean, who hasn't played AC2 by now?

hazardman1098d ago

What do you know. I for one think its a step in right direction no matter what games your getting. Im pretty sure with time the games will get better.

darthv721098d ago

umm...i haven't play AC2. Hell i havent even played AC1. At first the series didnt interest me but after trying out AC3 i have to go back and start from the beginning to get a better respect for the series.

And if one of those games in the series is a freebie...hey i wont argue with that.

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Smoovekid1098d ago

Doesn't gold plus stop at the end of the year.

jonboi241098d ago

Nice gesture but I believe this will last tile the end of the year or till the XB1 is released right?

dazzrazz1098d ago

Yes it will end @ X1 launch and its only available to people who have gold sub

NihonjinChick1098d ago

It will end at the end of the year. Last day in December

YNWA961098d ago

Bashing your wife is a shameful analogy. Also, this is just another fanboy bait site, right now its so easy to say anything negative about MS to simply get hits, nothing more, nothing new added to the situation. No one really knows what either company will do down the road regarding DRM, but at least MS showed its hands, Sony only told you what you wanted to hear to capitalize and gain traction. The current model involving games sales will eventually burn out, and everyone knows that. You are delusional to think otherwise. The next year will be very interesting....

FateoftheGame1098d ago

Beating your wife is obviously wrong; screwing over consumers is obviously wrong. We shouldn't praise anyone for not realizing the obvious.

And how is this article negative about Microsoft? Did you actually read it? A preview is meant to be provocative and/or attention-getting, but it's not the entire article.

YNWA961098d ago

Read it, get it, but a lot of unnecessary jabs, like the wife bashing..... I do not believe they were screwing the consumers, its just how the people who were not going to buy it anyway and unfortunately MS bottled it. I liked the way it was going to be, did not bother me... but thats just my opinion, which is no doubt not valid...

FateoftheGame1098d ago

From my standpoint, the analogy wasn't unnecessary and makes the point that I am strongly against anti-consumer policies. Now, if you liked the direction Microsoft was going in, fine, but you're not going to convince me to go easy on what the company was trying to do. On the other hand, I can still recognize that Microsoft can be a good company again - that's the entire point of this article.

And by the way, I was planning on buying the new Xbox before Microsoft went crazy. I've been very happy with my 360 for the last five years.

YNWA961097d ago

It is a good analogy for the point you made, it just touches a nerve with my own personal experiences. As for games, I have an awful feeling some big publishers were behind the DRM issue, but stayed very quiet. I do not believe MS alone was behind this. I believe this is only the start as far as DRM is concerned.

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