Xbox Live is Wallet Rape

Shaquile Hansford pontificates on the scam that is Xbox Live...

"It’s not like this is news to most of us with a basic education, but Microsoft and its online console service is about as intelligent a buy as a fat burning belt. Sorry, chubby, but if you want to see your lower body without the help of a mirror, you’re going to have to stop drinking fried oreo milkshakes and beating it to reruns of Attack of the Show. Anyway, back to the Xbox and its joke of an online service..."

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Joule2811d ago

Of course it just takes your money. Why the hell would you have to pay to play online?

PS3, Wii, and PC do it for free.

MintBerryCrunch2811d ago (Edited 2811d ago )


no, not free...there is just one less step that you have to go through with those 3 in order to be connected...we all pay our ISPs for a connection

rockleex2811d ago (Edited 2811d ago )


So why do you have to pay ONCE MORE to play games online on the 360?

I would understand if features like Cross Game Chat required Gold, but something like online play should be free.

Gold is supposed to be the extra that you choose to pay for, not the standard that you MUST pay for.

EDIT: I knew what you meant. But everybody knows you have to pay ISP's for a connection.

DORMIN2811d ago

Did the author just realize this or something?

People have been paying for xbox live for almost ten years now. I can't imagine someone thats been paying since the beginning. Average the price lowers-hikes thats easily more than $500 that could have easily when towards buying games.

MintBerryCrunch2811d ago

uhh i didnt say anything about Live, i was just telling him that we arent playing for free when we are on PSN, PC or Wii...we still pay ISPs

as far as Live goes, im not a MS exec nor one of the 30 million who are just fine paying for the MS must be doing something right to have the majority of its console owners pay to play online

Biggest2811d ago

Yeah. It's called "You can NOT play online unless you pay us too!" It's hard to say no when you have to pay or only play half of the game.

HolyOrangeCows2811d ago (Edited 2810d ago )


I stopped buying xbox LIVE gold in 2008. Best gaming related decision I've ever made. I see no reason to pay for Xbox LIVE just to play online, have Xchat, and a bunch of features I'll never use (some of them at least not on a console; many of them requiring MORE subscriptions, restricted to only when I have a gold account). More money for games and loose women.

Oh, and for the people who always say crap like "LOL $50/$60/whatever-I-pay-on-ebay is pocket-change"... (Warning you now: language)

"the only people that bitch about it are the people who, A) don't even have a 360, and B) don't pay it anyway"
You keep telling yourself that.

ComboBreaker2811d ago (Edited 2811d ago )

" MS must be doing something right to have the majority of its console owners pay to play online..."

Dude, if you want to defend Microsoft, you gotta come up with a list of beneifts over the free services.

You can't just say:

"hey, Microsoft must be doing something right if all these peoples are paying"

because someone could easily counter that with

"hey, the tobacco companies must be doing something right, cause all these peoples are paying the tobacco companies to give them cancer."

Cuase that still doesn't explain why Xbox Live is worth it and why it's better than the alternative free services.

It only shows that 360 gamers are stupid. So are you really sure you want to say that 360 gamers are stupid?

MintBerryCrunch2811d ago

JEEBUS the fanboyism on this actually think i was defending Live....i would NEVER pay for live...did you miss the part where i said i dont own a 360...if you think that 30 million gamers are stupid, thats a statement you brought on yourself...if a business plan like that has managed to work out...then the guy at MS whose kicking back in his office must be laughing all the way to the bank

and whats with the tobacco analogy? "paying them to get cancer" well shit, that would make billions of people on this planet coming to the conclusion that im calling someone stupid is STUPID...your tobacco analogy proves call 360 Live subscribers stupid, well like i said, then you just called out every smoker on the planet

ComboBreaker2811d ago (Edited 2811d ago )

Apology accepted.

MintBerryCrunch2811d ago

so you think your interpretation of my comment is the end all for all the readers on this site?

kind of weird that you keep stating it as though it is fact that i think 360 owners are stupid...which wasnt my intent

but keep on pushing the subject...idk why you do...i guess you need the gratification of knowing that you won something

jimbone792811d ago

The thing that I don't get is, the only people that bitch about it are the people who, A) don't even have a 360, and B) don't pay it anyway. I have Live and I enjoy the service, but I do understand how it's a major turn off for a lot of people. I didn't own the original Xbox and laughed at people for paying extra to play a game online last gen. I tried it out when the 360 dropped, mostly because I had a good job and could now afford it, and I like it now that I know what is provided. I have a PS3 and I still pay for live because I LIKE IT. Again I do understand why people don’t like the idea of it, but if you’re not paying for it you have no room to bitch. It's worth the money to me. What I don't understand why people feel the need to log into your computer and bitch and bitch and bitch about it when you don't HAVE to pay for it. Rarely do I see someone who has a 360 and pays for Live complain about it. If you are not shelling out money for it you have no reason to complain. Do you really think your bitching and crying is going to change the minds of the millions who are happy with the service?

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a_bro2811d ago

so thats what wallet rape looks like

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badboy8082811d ago

This story shouldn't be approved if people insist on buying it then don't hate microsoft hate the consumer.

Optical_Matrix2811d ago

Some of us are lucky enough to have had a friend supply them an Xbox and a years subscription to Live over the christmas break. I sure as hell won't be renewing my subscription when the year is up. I honestly CANNOT see what justifies the price tag. Should be free. If not free, no way should it be £30.

lukewind2811d ago

Wow what a misinformed and truly crap article. Why do Sony fanboys constantly write this crap? How childish do you have to be? PSN is free because it barely gets updated and has 1/3 the features of XBL. If you don't wnat any of the features of XBL then dont pay for it. But you get what you pay for with PSN.

Any one of you that believes this article is missing quite a few brain cells.

metsgaming2811d ago

it didnt only point at ps3 it pointed at the wii and the pc. All of which are free and have always been and the writer is asking why are people paying for it?

lukewind2811d ago

People pay because they like using it. The online console space is much different in terms of infrastructure then the PC. The cost of running the service behind XBL is much greater because it requires a team of people behind the service, while in the PC world it is done more on an individual basis. Sony loses money on PSN, and I commend them for making it free, but that doesnt mean payoing for something you love is stupid! Criticizing it is the stupid part.

XBL is 16 cents a day. If you are that poor why the hell do you have an Xbox in the first place...feed your kids.

The whole price crap is just another gripe fanboys try and use. PSN is perfectly fine, but it does lack some feature that a lot of people use on XBL, party chat being one of them. Unless who own a 360 you have no idea how big party chat has become over XBL. Add in the fact that you don't have to mess with a Bluetooth headset and XBL is just more approachable and easier to use for most people. This crap is all just bitter 16 year olds. Grow the hell up.

rockleex2811d ago (Edited 2811d ago )

PS3 barely gets updated? Why is it that 360 trolls (not 360 fans in general) always claim the PS3 has constant updates like its a bad thing then?

1/3 the features? What about stuff like Web Browsers? PS Home, a virtual online hub for games to hang out? Support for the most variety of video, audio, and picture formats? Bluray?

Oh wait, Cross Game Chat = 2/3 of the features that PS3 doesn't have. O_o

Biggest2811d ago

PSN barely gets updated. . . More than once a week.

flipm7252811d ago (Edited 2811d ago )

PSN barely gets updated? Get your facts straight they update every Tuesday.

Edit: oh ok sorry I read it wrong. But don't go calling me a moron you don't know a thing about me.

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Aarix2811d ago

That's not a good thing..I thing I hated about my ps3 was all the updates. It got in the way alot.

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