posted on Jun, 15 2013 @ 10:25 PM
microsloth has shot themselves in the foot with this silliness. they have nicely alienated what i suspect may be a large portion of gamers. that being
those that live out in the country, not within cities. i have a friend to decided to move just outside of Toronto. for him internet is of major
importance since his job requires him to work online. one of his biggest issues for him when he moved was that good reliable internet was NOT
AVAILABLE. he was finally able to use some source of wireless internet that works even tho he is "technically" out of it's coverage area. it seems
that the major internet providers (and cable for tv) have no interest in providing services to those "smaller areas" with too few customers to make
it very profitable. even DSL over the phone lines is not available for the same reasons. there is some internet available, but it is generally slow
and useless for gaming. knowing many people living in rural areas and away from towns on farms this is a common problem. so i guess for them the new
xbox is not going to be usable.
then you have people like me who live in foreign countries where internet is likewise unavailable or slow and not always working. i know i have been
having issues lately with my internet being spotty (possibly weather related), even before the problems i found the connection i had to quit playing
an MMO due to it constantly cutting out for a few seconds every once in awhile causing constant disconnecting. and a friend who lives in a different
area of the city had all sorts of fun with just getting internet, and it has issues all the time. so there goes another portion of the gameing
it seems that microsloth thinks that everybody has good internet. but what do you expect of a company that is likely primarily staffed by people who
have always lived in cities and not dealt with the issue of "services" like internet not being available due to location.
someone mentioned Steam. steam is a pain in the butt. some games like say civilization 5 have to be online to even play a single player game. then
other games supposedly don't need to be on the net to play, yet i have had messages when trying to play them that i have not been connected in too
long or something and need to go online to play.
it is just greed that causes the companies to do this because they are afraid of loosing profit
due to people sharing and selling games.
personally i miss the days when i could "rent" a game to see if i liked it before buying. in fact
not being able to do so has COST these companies with me as there are a lot of games i never bought just because i was not sure i would like them and
thus don't want to waste my money on a game i might not like.
my personal view is i would much rather use my PC for gaming as it is much more use for other things as well. but sadly a lot of games are now only
made for game consoles, even to the point of specific ones. i would love to see the same games available for which ever console or pc you want but
sadly that cut's into the game console profits as by having games only available for THEIR platform it gives them a monopoly so that you HAVE to buy
heir machine in order to play the game you want. i bought my ps3 as a blue ray player that also let me play some games not available on the PC. now i
am finding it hard to even GET games for my PC, as most shops only cater to gaming consoles and have little if any PC software. and like i said many
newer game are only available for the console use or come out much later than for the console.
the "spying" issue with always having it turned on is worrying as well, people are saying it has nothing to do with spying. yet i have now had 2
laptops built several years apart that always seem to turn the microphone on, even if it is supposedly "turned off" and the gain somehow being at
maximum. i only notice it as i start to notice background noise coming from the headphones (or speakers if turned up) like the clicking of keys as i
type or a sound heard if i tap the computer or something. i go thorough and turn everything off and levels down but next thing i know it's back on
again. always makes me wonder if the camera does the same, but not noticeable due to not seeing any vid from it (so i cover them).