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The UK Is Not Ready For Always-Online

Posted in Gaming these days ... with tags , , on June 5, 2013 by Rabidgames

Imagine the future.
It’s a nice and sunny spring day in 2015.

You have just bought Microsoft’s Xbox One (after the latest version does not suffer from the Black Circle of Doom) which requires you to be online at least once a day – but that’s just the bare minimum!

You know, would you really want to miss the latest episode of “I am a Noob, get me out of Call of Duty: Ancient Warfare” on Xbox TV? Do you really want to miss the achievement “TV maniac” (worth incredible 15 GS) stating you’ve been watching Xbox TV for 360 hours? Do you really want to miss out on the Cloud, which makes games shine in glorious Super HD? No, you want to have it all!

But oh no!

Your internet does not work properly! Sometimes it’s completely gone, but most of the time, it is just intermittent – just like in the old days, when wathcing a 2 minute youtube video took ten times the time to load! So, what can you do with your shiny new console, your “all in one entertainment system”, your revolutionary Xbox One?

What happens if the internet is down for more than just 24 hours? Can you still access your games you paid 65 pounds for each (don’t worry, trading used games is luckily a thing of the past) on the device which cost you 400 pounds? You might find out the hard way …

But even worse, say bye-bye to multiplayer, to downloading new games or maybe just the critical patch which stops The Elder Scrolls 7 from melting your Xbox One, say bye-bye to the games you’ve been streaming, say bye-bye to Netflix, to Xbox TV and to Xbox Music. Of course, you won’t be able to access that cool dungeon in Dragon’s Dogma 2 Extreme because it is stored in the Cloud.

But do not fret, it will take Virgin Media only two weeks to figure out that tiny problem turned major – including some 2-day spells without any connection at all (thank Gates or Jobs – depending on your religion – for smart phones!). And don’t try to bother Virgin, because you’re just one of 45.000 people in your area affected by some incompetence on behalf of the people in charge who thought it was a good idea to let people use 100 Mb/s on lines which are simply not made for such heavy workloads. Yes, your internet provider may humbly offer your compensation, but only for your broadband bill, of course – all the money poured into Xbox LIVE, Xbox Music, Xbox TV and Xbox ESPN … gone. Oh, and that channel hidden from your wife/girlfriend/parents, you know … XXXbox … don’t expect to get any returns from there.

Welcome to the always-online world of gaming in 2015, and welcome to an infrastructure which is not able to cope with our demands. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

Rabidgames interjects: By the way, we are not talking about Furzehill or about Ingoldisthorpe, we are talking about goddamn motherfucking London! If shit like this happens here with Virgin Media – considered one of the best providers – please imagine how things look in the countryside …

Microsoft might be ready for the online revolution – the UK is not!

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Thank You, Gamers!

Posted in Gaming these days ... with tags , , on May 22, 2013 by Rabidgames

Yesterday, Microsoft tried to woo us with their Xbox One presentation.Well, that fell flat. No one was impressed.

But the real shitstorm started with the back and forth when some MS executives started praising their glorious ideas of “online once a day keeps piracy away” and especially the incredibly dumb sermon “with the 360, your son can play YOUR game in HIS room. With the Xbox One, he can play YOUR game on YOUR console (only)”.

They really thought we were that dumb, didn’t they?

Thankfully, the rebel alliance of gaminghood managed to strike back: Microsoft got bucket loads of ridicule, scorn and good old sarcasm heaped onto their stunned heads. Thanks guys, thank you very much. It really seems everyone in Redmond was deluded into believing we would all be happy sheep bleating “Xbox One!, Xbox One!” after being fed a lacklustre demonstration of Big Brother Kinect and EA exclusive slavery. Miraculously, we are still one step away from being completely braindead consumer pets!

Now, the big question is: Will Microsoft learn from the fallout? Will Sony be able to exploit Microsoft’s attempted suicide? Will they even backpedal on treating us like mere criminals just because we dare to sell our games (and thereby get money to buy more games, a fact easily forgotten)? Fuck knows. Let’s just celebrate today’s shitstorm, folks!

Rabidgames smiles: Sometimes, the internet can make you angry. And sometimes, it makes you happy – especially considering the irony 90% of the ridicule was typed on Windows devices …