Last week news broke on Major Nelson’s blog that the price of Xbox Live is going up from November in some territories; in particular the US and Canada and to be honest this caused quite an uproar. But was this really unexpected?
That argument about finding cheaper cards online is irrelevant. Because the value of a card has gone up. It was $50 and now its $60, so even if you could get those cards for $30, you will probably only be able to get them for $40. So thats a terrible excuse to say it won't effect you. Since all the new features justify the price, why don't they start charging $20 a year for xbox live silver and add only the option to play ONLINE! which is what most people care about.
Small drop in a large pond? they are ripping you poor xbox addicts right off, you're addicted and fail to see the bad side, like a drug addict fails to see the damage the drug does to them. Wake up guys, pride and blindness can and will only get you so far.
Do i like it? no. Does that matter or will it change anything? no. Basically everyone who is paying now will continue to pay because otherwise their xbox 360 becomes kinda useless... I'm sure there are people out there who don't pay for the gold subscription and im also sure they own probably 2-3 games and have used it 3 times in the past month.. as frustrating as it is, if a price can be increased without a major loss, its in the companies best interest to do it... now is a great time, right before kinect comes out and before the Christmas rush... that way this is all forgotten about during the mad Christmas rush to get the "IN" thing... Can't really say Nintendo or Sony would be any different... one of the few reasons why i'm glad there is healthy competition in the console industry... otherwise we would be seriously getting gouged... I don't like it, and we can whine but it won't change anything at this point.. Does make me glad i own multiple systems though =).
"Can't really say Nintendo or Sony would be any different" Online is free for both of them!
Matter of opinion but if a customer likes the service and is willing to keep renewing their subscription that's their choice.
It's not really about a matter of opinion because quite frankly, you don't have a choice but to pay to access half the content of the game you bought full price.
Well said.... Bb4U
Actually it is a choice because you could just not have the feature. You don't have to have Xbox Live if you own an Xbox.
They did make a portion of the game to be made playable by all. MS imposing a tax that must be payed in order to play online is not right. Then again the industry will side with those within than with gaming consumers. It been proven Media glosses over, make fun of or ignores negative issues. Devs lie about exclusivity, not a word. Unlock DLC or the day ones, not a word. Blatant biasness from various sources, not a word. Could go on and on.
You are actually being forced to pay a fee for well over half of a game. Singleplayer nowadays is about 10 hours in general whereas people can log well over 100hours online on various games. Ridiculous when you think of it from that perspective.
Doesn't bother me 'cause I get my Multiplayer fix on mah' PS3 anyway.. Free Online gaming FTW. And, I play all my single-player games on the 360.. unless I prefer to play a certain game on my PS3.
Call me Captain Obvious but I realized that is why so many 360 games focus on multiplayer so much. It is to 'force' you into playing online. That is why most of their single players are so short. They force multiplayer on you so you have no choice but to buy multiplayer maps and Xbox Live to get the most out of the game. Sony has so many single player experiences you could play offline and never buy any maps, skins or anything.Microsoft is diabolically underhanded.
I never realized that. That explains why M$ is spending so much for online stuff and making games online focus.
lol. anawayz thats not really up to ms is it? thats up to developers how long they want their sp to be. the only game i play online is fat princess nothing else. so i dont care if xbox live charges people $100 for those who are willing to pay. fact is people pays for the service and they like it. i dont have it so i dont care. people spends their money however they choose to. :)
I think that's just how the gaming industry is evolving. 8 to 10 hour singleplayer games is the norm now on both consoles, nothing to do with microsoft...that's being a little paranoid. "They force multiplayer on you so you have no choice but to buy multiplayer maps" - pretty ridiculous accusation to make. I hope you are an angry xbox owner standing up for an outrageous price increase on a service which should be free, and not a blatant sony fanboy. I fear the latter may be true.
xbox fans are fools. they will probably pay 100$ if MS said so. and all they would say is "I'd rather pay for a better service, even if it ruins my rectum"
Lawl...and Shane Kim knows all about rectums.
I don't see why people are making a big fuss about the extra 10 dealers company s like sky apple do this all the time but people buy it because they enjoy the services they bring. If you want to play online games on a console the 360 is the console to do out on yes it comes at a price but because the 360 was made around xbox live where the ps3 n wii are more focused on offline gaming. Off people are bothered about paying a little bit extra then don't pay it it s as simple as that.
This place would be no fun if the majority of people didn't make a big fuss over the tiniest of details.I say fuss away. But I'm just a blind prideful xbot that worships all things MS. Keep on bashing on. The comments only enhance my enjoyment. Although I would ask for more creative insults.
dude, ur entitled to ur opinion. u are, really. but to say that ps3 games focus on offline just because they have some actually good single player games doesnt mean thats its offline only, lmao LBP, Lbp2, uncharted 2 multiplayer, mag, warhawk, (soon to be GT5) White knight, demon's souls, resistance and more are excellenet online games that are exclusive to the ps3. not to mention people play fighting games and cod obviously to me xbox live was made around halo and gears because I dont see where the other exclusives are that are exclusive and have amazing online. (L4D is online for PC free) and the fact that halo lags on 8 players and gears has only 10 player death match shows no strength whats so ever. not to mention the children on that service....my goodness
It's probably not as big a deal as people make it out to be, but still, there's no rationalizing this. It is completely unnecessary.
To be honest I don't see 16 cents a day as all that bad. Most here will waste far more than that on a candy bar, soda, alcohol, cigarettes or burger at McDonalds. I have both consoles and don't mind paying for live. I would not however pay for PSN as it is now. Downloads are slow in comparison and PSN looks overly cluttered nowadays. PS3 fanboys will deny it, but PSN+ is just a tester and come PS4 you guys will be paying just like the 360 users are right now. Sure Sony stated you'll get free online gaming for the life of the PS3, but they didn't say anything beyond the PS3. If you think online gaming on the playstation is going to be free indefinitely you are mistaken.
im whit MS on this 1 , they shoud rape them fully.sice we all knw they will like it.that why ther is a # of people that dont own xbox cuz from this here we see the extra garbage u guys have to put up whit.
As a multiplatform gamer, I am disappointed once again by Microsoft's greed. Charging me another $10 for services I get free (and better) on another platform is ridiculous. Something tells me that they will only continue to raise the prices as they add more online services. Especially if Kinect takes off. And unfortunately there will be those that will continue to pay for it while MS laughs all the way to the bank.
Microsoft's reasoning for the price hike is ludicrous. ESPN? More LIVE content nobody uses? (Facebook, Twitter) Pshaw. But really, it's nothing to be too worried about. At least here in Canada. The price for the 1 year LIVE remains the same - it's only the monthly subscriptions that are increasing.
acky1 are you saying that it's just a coincidence that many of Microsofts games are multiplayer based. They are not the only ones doing this but come on. Do you really think that as many people would pay for Xbox Live if most of their their line ups had strong single player. If I give you a 3 hour campaign of course you will want to go online but if I give you a 15 hour campaign you might be less then eager to pay $60.00 or want to renew your subscription for online. Like the jailbreakers said 'they don't need online for the PS3'. There are dozens of games you can play single player and be satisfied. The few online only or online focused games Sony has is irrelevant. There are many more on the 360. Think about it. 30 million people forced to play multiplayer for $60.00 a year and buy new maps. Cha ching.
Lol. More people making baseless claims about things they obviously know nothing about. The price went up a couple friggen dollars. OH GEEZ MY POCKET REALLY HURTS NOW!! I'd rather pay $100 for XBL than accept that free piece of trash that is PSN. The only people complaining about this don't own a 360.. For the record because apparently none of you have realized this.. MicroSoft doesn't force Gold upon you. You DON'T have to pay for Gold and you surely don't ave to pay for "mappacks" (which by the way you Sony kids have to PAY for those too). The only reason Sony kids don't need to worry about MP is because the games that have MP on the PS3 suck. MAG - Terrible. Uncharted/2 - There was multiplayer? My bad I was enjoying the story. Killzone - LOL, people actually played that game? LBP - I'm not 5. Before you even start I own both systems.
People really only buy xbox live gold for playing online. The other features are useless and are free elsewhere. Yes the price only went up a couple of dollars, but now add in multiple accounts (I have four brothers) all who play on my 360 and ps3. Thats is a lot of extra money just to get them online with me so their not baseless claims as you stated. Why can't we just pay little or nothing to play online which is once again free everywhere esle. Also please don't give me that crap about it being a better online service. I only pay online I don't have need to used that stuff and if I did my laptop is always on.
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