Always Online: Curse or Blessing?

The likes of EA, Activision and Microsoft won’t ever tire of telling us that “always online” is the future – and sure, they have a point. But there are undeniable problems when “always online” stops being a choice and we HAVE to be always online!

1. Is it possible? Well, it depends where you live. London, New York, Berlin, Sydney, no problems there. But what about villages in the countryside? There are whole areas with slow connections, for example in Germany, where the fastest available speed is DSL1000. And then, let’s talk about broadband in London. At times, it’s horrible: Slowdowns, it’s broken for days etc. Imagine your router breaks down or some somewhere outside cable melts – that’ll mean you won’t be able to use your console for days. Above all that, look at the publishers’ inability to get their stuff working for launch – how the fuck can you be surprised millions want to play your games when it’s called Diablo or Sim City? That’s plain insane! It seems it is not just our infrastructure, but theirs as well.

2. Is it good for us? No, it’s not. We went from expecting a functional game on day 1 to be glad there’s a day 1 patch to make games playable. Microsoft and Sony don’t give a shit about functionality of games released on their platforms anymore. They should send games back to the publishers and tell them “come back when it’s done”. So, no, patches and updates are no good in 99% of all cases. Plus, let’s not forget we can go online now whenever we want. But the decision should be ours when and if we go online with our consoles.

3. Why do they want it then? Besides patches, always online has many advantages whatsoever, but none of them are in the consumers’ interests – unless you like being spied on, being bombarded with personalised ads all the time, or you’re happy you won’t be allowed to resell turds such as Duke Nukem Forever in the future.

4. Why are gamers stupid? Well, that’s a damn good question. We complain a lot – and then we go out to buy the very games we are complaining about. Well played, us.

Rabidgames hopes: Maybe Microsoft will learn from the backlash and the new Xbox won’t work with always online. Maybe. But there’s also the scenario the next Xbox and the PS4 will have some built-in always online “switch” which will be activated at some point in time … after all, what will we do if have purchased the consoles already?

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One Response to “Always Online: Curse or Blessing?”

  1. Wasn’t Live down for like 3 days recently? Also, I was in the mood for playing some MMO when the server kicked me off unexpectedly and I couldn’t play my game, so I took out a deck of cards and started playing solitaire. No always-on necessary.

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