StickTwiddlers Alan analyses how the PSN downtime will affect the future of digital distribution and multiplayer focused titles.
... seeing how for instance those Capcom PSN games can't be played when offline... which basically means you bought a game you can't play when PSN is down.
Capcom my ass, i wanted FinalFight and kaboom and to be serious, they wont change policies, there is not much roar over this case in internetz... Im thinking did they broken internal PSN TOA?
for console gamers this is bad. for pc gamers it won't affect a thing. when steam goes down for maintainence I'm still able to play online.
Well yeah, no online- no game sales. It's as simple as that. So if we moved to a point in time where it was all digital, we'd be having trouble purchasing anything.
PSN hardly has a huge market share on digital distribution
As apposed to what? The iPhone or iPad? The DDL "market" is actually several separate markets defined by what content is available to them though they share some. PSN and XBL shares some content but you can't buy XBL games from PSN just like you can't get PSN titles off XBL. With the amount of content on both dwarfed by the DDL available on the PC, the iPhone and iPad. Edit: Its showing how fragile DDL as a whole is, but PSN is still its own separate market just like Kindle and Steam are.
no, as in Kindle, iTunes, Steam etc You say the markets are separate, but this article is about PSN affecting Digital Distribution as a whole
Groan... rotational media fanboys.... Digital distribution will only continue to grow. Physical distribution is coming to an end. Music, news, TV, movies, and yes games will all move to digital distribution in the coming decade. This is not a reprieve for rotational media. If anything it shows the danger of a device that is locked into a single vendor. People should punish companies that use DRM like Capcom (cough Ubisoft - AC) DRM does nothing.
Exactly. This article is a joke. The rest of the gaming world (far larger than the PS3 market) has been gaming just fine. PSN is a crappy 'service' from day one, and I can't stand how these articles portray a 3rd place console's online-woes as 'industry changing'. PSN security sucks--comes with the territory of being a free service. Steam and Xbox live services are going strong. If anything, this will hopefully persuade Sony to invest more in PSN and start charging for the service. End of issue. XBL has been going for years without hick-ups, and is a far better experience. I just wish all these Sony this and anonymous that garbage would bugger off. This is so typical of Sony: pretending the universe revolves around them when it couldn't be any farther from the truth. Ugh.
The territory of a free service? Excuse me, but I don't recall having to pay for Steam, so that argument is absolute garbage. Security issues can plague any networking infrastructure. Where Sony has dropped the ball is in their poor response time and lack of communication following the breach. EDIT: I do agree that Xbox Live and Steam are better services, but I don't really use Live anymore because I resent having to pay.
*sigh* there is no sense getting into the finances behind Steam. Steam and PS/XBL are not the same thing. The truth is, with any free service they are trade-offs. The argument is valid, try thinking before you speak. Ask yourself, Why does Microsoft charge for their service? Research it. End-result---PSN needs a better online service.
steam is the best 4 me! better security than psn or xbl..
I rather having a disc in my hands, I know it's secure that way and that I can play it without having a limit of 5 downloads. If I happen to lose I will be pissed, but rather than having to wonder I lost my digital file in anyway I know it was my fault. I rather to lose a disc than a digital file.
The limit isn't 5 downloads, it's 5 machines. You can download it as many times as you want. You just can't have it activated on more than 5 machines at a time.
Oh never knew that, i guess I misunderstood. Thx.
I also prefer having a physical copy of a game. Think of all the amazing (yet overpriced) Collectors Edition's we'd miss out on if we moved to total DD! Collectors/Limited Editions are also a great way to publishers to make a few extra bucks on their titles. I've noticed more and more releases are getting 2-3 versions (Halo: Reach, Mafia II etc). XBLA are also off their rockers for the prices they charge for DD versions of full titles.
Anon will have to face the wrath of my bunghole for this insolence. May they suffer the death of a thousand flies and their corpses eaten by zombies
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