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MS & Game Rentals

samzenpus posted about 9 years ago | from the your-games-have-been-assimilated dept.

Microsoft 155

pin_gween writes "Technology News says Microsoft has entered an agreement with Exent to provide On-Demand Video Games. So far, only 6 Microsoft games are licensed to the on-demand service (which costs from US$4.95 to $14.95 a month for access to anywhere from 50 to 300 titles). MS titles are "Age of Empire," "Age of Mythology," "Dungeon Siege," "Mechwarrior," "Rise of Nations" and "Zoo Tycoon." Exent lured MS with the "the shelf life can be prolonged and create additional revenue for the publisher not generated by the retail channel"."

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Valve (1)

zardo (829127) | about 9 years ago | (#13358722)

Hey, it's made valve a fortune, I'm sure.

I LOVE YOU ALL! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358728)

....please don't eat me.

Re:Valve (2, Insightful)

WTBF (893340) | about 9 years ago | (#13358742)

Steam is only purchasing games ove rthe internet, this seems more like renting them.

Re:Valve (1)

zootm (850416) | about 9 years ago | (#13359323)

I think the "joke" was that Valve/Steam games are time-limited while Steam still exists and hosts them.

Re:Valve (2, Insightful)

SMitra72 (871831) | about 9 years ago | (#13358904)

But valve doesn't charge a montly fee...

Re:Valve (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359047)

It's made you a useless first post, I'm sure.

How long until this is cracked? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358723)

This is going to be like that Quake shareware CD, free games for everyone!

Re:How long until this is cracked? (1)

ZosX (517789) | about 9 years ago | (#13358895)

Do you have anything to back this up? I heard that the quake cd was encrypted with the full version waiting to be unlocked, but I never heard that it was cracked, though I'm sure someone did it. From some googling it looks like all you needed was a keygen. I bet id never made this mistake again. :)

Re:How long until this is cracked? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358921)

Yes it was cracked shortly after it was released with a program called qcrack. It also gave you access to the full versions of Heretic, Hexen, Doom I, Doom II, and a bunch of other games that were on the CD. It was like Christmas all over again when that crack came out.

Re:How long until this is cracked? (1)

ZosX (517789) | about 9 years ago | (#13359444)

That's awesome. Can't believe I missed out on that back in the day. Of course, I never had cutting edge hardware and I recently got around to playing the first quake about a year ago. Honestly, I liked Doom better because the better atmosphere and some resemblence of a plot. Once I started playing half-life, there just isn't any comparison. Half-life is still the best shooter I've ever played, which is kind of funny, considering that it was written on an improved quake 1 engine. Still don't have the horsepower to run Half-life 2, but I imagine that somewhere in the next 4 years I will. Bah, who needs a multi-ghz machine anyways? This 900mhz box here still chugs along just fine and runs most of my apps with comfort.

Re:How long until this is cracked? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358939)

Worse than that, it unlocked every Doom game prior to Quake, which was also on the CD. It was, ahem, quite the steal.

Re:How long until this is cracked? (1)

stoanhart (876182) | about 9 years ago | (#13359432)

Oh man, I remember that day. That was sooooo sweet.

Seriously though, I doubt it will be cracked, since it uses a central server. Just like steam, or any online game. Sure you can pirate any games, but to play it online, you still need a valid key. There has been no cracks for that. I imagine this is similar.

Hmm, why rent... (0)

TarryTops (888130) | about 9 years ago | (#13358725)

when you can P2P for free! :-)

Yes... Just what the doctor ordered... (5, Insightful)

Fallen Kell (165468) | about 9 years ago | (#13358729)

Because you all know you want those 3-4 year old games for $5-15 month charge when you can buy then for $5 bucks...

Re:Yes... Just what the doctor ordered... (1)

zardo (829127) | about 9 years ago | (#13358750)

Reminds me of when I bought the original Quake for $5, and someone STOLE IT!

Re:Yes... Just what the doctor ordered... (1)

Meagermanx (768421) | about 9 years ago | (#13358790)

I got mine for $2.00. My copy of Quake 2, too. At a church sale. Go figure.

Re:Yes... Just what the doctor ordered... (1)

kgruscho (801766) | about 9 years ago | (#13358856)

except that at least via Yahoo! Games its $15 for any and all games in a 189 game catalog. not $15 per game.

So if you play a lot of the games in the catalog it is cheaper than buying them.

Re:Yes... Just what the doctor ordered... (1)

amliebsch (724858) | about 9 years ago | (#13358877)

Actually, this is the exact catalog they are adding into. So the $15 is for the specific catalog you are talking about, not each individual game.

Re:Yes... Just what the doctor ordered... (4, Interesting)

d34thm0nk3y (653414) | about 9 years ago | (#13359027)

Most of the time I finish a game I never play it again. Most of the movies I watch I never watch again.

I think a subscription business model for video games and movies is a good idea. You can always buy the ones you want to play over and over...

Screw 'em. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359093)

I much prefer this [consoleclassix.com] service to Microsoft's.

On-Demand Entertainment... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358733)

"Because it's better for your customer to be a sharecropper than a freeman," sayeth the Baron.

BAH! (0, Flamebait)

j2asghar (879135) | about 9 years ago | (#13358743)

has capitalism really come this far, when one can rent a game that no one plays? i see it perfectly, "no one buys this game, so lets see if anyone rents it and forgets about it so we make MORE money!" it's like the days of video rentals.... so so sad.

Re:BAH! (1)

FragHARD (640825) | about 9 years ago | (#13358854)

Well it is all in the advertising, pretty simple if you can't sell it rent it after all people will rent anything of course they will buy anything also ie.XP Also it's like any other product... the more channels it has to ones' home the more likely it is to end up there.

The Borg Jokes Are Dead (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358753)

from the your-games-have-been-assimilated dept.

How much farther can geeks beat a joke into the ground? The Microsoft Borg joke wasn't funny to begin with, yet slashdot keeps flogging it to death for some reason. Our of all the topic icons on slashdot, only Microsoft gets the crappy, derogatory icon. Why is that? There's no good reason you guys can't use the MS logo just like for all the others. It's also funny how many Microsoft ads there are on slashdot. You guys hate them so much, yet have no problem taking their advertising dollars. Nice hypocrisy there.

MOD PARENT UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358783)

Or don't. Whatever.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358836)

It's also funny how many Microsoft ads there are on slashdot. You guys hate them so much, yet have no problem taking their advertising dollars. Nice hypocrisy there.

Resistance is futile, Slashdot has been assimilated.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (1)

Taladar (717494) | about 9 years ago | (#13358849)

And by MS logo you mean what? The word "Microsoft" in the crappy font with a cut in some of the "o" letters (see their website)? Or are you by any chance refering to the Windows logo? That wouldn't really apply to anything Microsoft- but not Windows-related, would it?

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359087)

I guess you've somehow never noticed the bill of borg [slashdot.org] icon Slashdot uses for Microsoft topics. Or perhaps you just never wondered why Bill was wearing that funny headgear.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (2, Informative)

Frastolator (908608) | about 9 years ago | (#13358857)

I thought this was a discusion about renting video games? Not how bad slashdot bashes MS.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358862)

"The Microsoft Borg joke wasn't funny to begin with"

According to you.

"yet slashdot keeps flogging it to death for some reason."

Slashdot flogs many jokes to death. Why make an exception?

"only Microsoft gets the crappy, derogatory icon. Why is that?"

Because their business practices are crappy at best and they have been found guilty of abusing their monopoly on varying occasions. If they had turned over a new leaf and stopped being so crappy to other businesses and people then perhaps you'd have a point.

"There's no good reason you guys can't use the MS logo just like for all the others."

Got me there....oh hang on, perhaps the editors are worried about microsoft coming around with another of their BS lawsuits because the owners don't have permission to use their logo. Then again, perhaps the ed's still think it's funny...

"It's also funny how many Microsoft ads there are on slashdot. You guys hate them so much, yet have no problem taking their advertising dollars. Nice hypocrisy there."

Slashdot is owned by OSDN. They don't control the ads. Perhaps a little more homework was needed before you wrote that?

Oh, and no, I don't hate Windows. I just don't like random rants at the people running a site you don't have to visit.

MODERATORS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359032)

How is parent a troll? Offtopic or redundant maybe but a troll?

Seriously, at least moderate with a plausable reason.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (1)

cnerd2025 (903423) | about 9 years ago | (#13359102)

Agreed. Parent says nothing trollish. No reason for -1 score.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (2, Interesting)

Burpmaster (598437) | about 9 years ago | (#13358879)

The Microsoft Borg joke wasn't funny to begin with [...]
Come on, even Bill Gates [wikipedia.org] thinks it's funny [wikipedia.org] .

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358958)

xbox3 is going to be the finnal assimilation! it'll be a cybornetic implant that all users of the Xbox2 with Glowing eye feature will have been brainwashed into buying!!!

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (2, Funny)

Rakshasa Taisab (244699) | about 9 years ago | (#13358897)

All your games a...

Errr, sorry.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (1)

coopaq (601975) | about 9 years ago | (#13359479)

Yeah, but does it run on L...

You're right. My bad.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (1)

FragHARD (640825) | about 9 years ago | (#13358907)

> What you say...I thought it was ROFLMAOR funny the first time I saw it (and prob. the third and fourth time too).
> What do you mean--- I think Bill Gate$ would be proud to be symbolized by the borgness in his image after all he wants to be the head borger doesn't he?
> Now that is just totally bogus, I mean I don't get any monies from m$(notice the '$' just in case you didn't notice it I had to point it out) and I certainly don't get any ads from m$---'$'
Oh and one other thing...never mind I shouldn't have evenreplied to an AC troll.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (2, Interesting)

stare_at_the_sun (884017) | about 9 years ago | (#13358920)

yet have no problem taking their advertising dollars

I don't think Microsoft would spend so much advertising money on slashdot if it weren't doing some "good." It must be an effective use of their money. They must be getting some return on investment. Could it be (heresy of herisies!) that in spite of all the vocal and popular MS criticism, most slashdotters purchase microsoft products? I mean - we must be clicking on the little MS Visual Studio .NET ad by the thousands. And what percentage of us has really not bought MS products?? We must be both their worst enemy and their best friend.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (1)

d34thm0nk3y (653414) | about 9 years ago | (#13359065)

Like most groups of people there are always a vocal minority for some stance or the other. I would hope most people just use the best tool for the job.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358930)

If nothing else, I agree that the borg icon looks like ass. It looks like something a child drew up in a MS Paint clone. The bits around the wire look awful. It looks like there's a shadow on the borg cheek part. There's no ambient light from the red light. etc...

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (0)

Alien Being (18488) | about 9 years ago | (#13358990)

"How much farther can geeks beat a joke into the ground?"

It's no joke, and you would understand that if you had not already been assimilated.

MS lies, cheats and steals. Fuck them, and fuck those who defend them.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359501)

It's no joke, and you would understand that if you had not already been assimilated.

MS lies, cheats and steals. Fuck them, and fuck those who defend them.


In that case, why isn't there an Apple-borg icon? :) ...thought so.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (2, Funny)

kesuki (321456) | about 9 years ago | (#13358992)

How much farther can geeks beat a joke into the ground?

there are some questions you don't want to have answered. trust me. the last time someone asked how far a geek could beat a dead joke intot he ground someone hypothosized the distant in light years.. i beleive they came ue with 31.337 light years into the ground, as how far a geek could beat a dead joke into the ground. It's funny, laugh! you insensitive clod! accept my pathetic humour that makes me giggle uncontrollably!!

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (2, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | about 9 years ago | (#13359000)

There's no hypocrisy. And here's another overused joke for you to bitch about:

1. Slashdot takes Microsoft's advertising money.
2. Slashdot runs Microsoft's ads.
3. Slashdot readers block, ignore, or laugh at Microsoft's ads.
4. Microsoft doesn't sell any more software because of those ads.
5. ???
6. Profit!!

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (1)

blueadept1 (844312) | about 9 years ago | (#13359002)

Yeah, put a worm in the apple already with Steve Jobs' face on it.

Sheesh.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (2, Interesting)

grimharvest (724023) | about 9 years ago | (#13359009)

Oh lord, here we go again. Do you not understand that this site was started by a Linux enthusiast and continues to be part of an Open Source network of sites? Microsoft has their own forums. Don't like the way MS is portrayed here, then go there. Because I'm pretty sure I can go to any pro-Microsoft forum and read all kinds of anti-Open Source diatribes there. So grow up or move on.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (1)

Khuffie (818093) | about 9 years ago | (#13359341)

The site is "News for Nerds. Stuff that matters". Not "Open Source Rules. Lets Bash Everything Else".

Also, at the same time, you fail to notice the hypocrasy in the fact that Slashdot reports news of many non-open source companies, including Apple, with barely a bashing to go with it.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359081)

Why is the person defending microsoft
an anonymous coward?

Irony?

Besides everyone and their ipod know MS is
looking to pwn your soul.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359166)

...all your borg are belong to us!

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (1)

cnerd2025 (903423) | about 9 years ago | (#13359171)

THIS (parent) is 5:INTERESTING when a post about "Train Simulator" is "2: Troll"?! What are the mods smoking?---Whatever it is, I want some!

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (1)

I'm Don Giovanni (598558) | about 9 years ago | (#13359331)

Agreed.
As long as slashdot uses the Borg icon for Microsoft stories and the broken stained glass window pane icon for Windows stories, the site cannot be regarded as one with credibility.

Re:The Borg Jokes Are Dead (1, Offtopic)

Seumas (6865) | about 9 years ago | (#13359486)

In Korea, only old people beat jokes into the ground.

In soviet russia, jokes beat you.

Hot naked petrified natalie portman oatmeal rental.

I'd like to see a beowolf cluster of dead beaten jokes.

SegaChannel (5, Interesting)

blueadept1 (844312) | about 9 years ago | (#13358754)

In the 90's there was a thing here called "SegaChannel" by the local cable company (Rogers). It was $30.00 a month, and you got access to about 50-100 games, that changed about half of them every month.

We need that back! It was probably the most value that I have ever gotten for my money to do with games. (excluding free)

Re:SegaChannel (3, Interesting)

damiangerous (218679) | about 9 years ago | (#13358855)

It wasn't something dreamed up by your local cable company. The Sega Channel was created by...Sega, and it was pretty much everywhere in North America (and I think the UK too). It was a cool concept, it actually worked, and it had "exclusive downloadable content" like import-only games way ahead of its time. I seem to recall it being $24.95 here (from the now defunct TCI cable). Unfortunately, it came too late in the life of the Genesis to really catch on.

Re:SegaChannel (1)

scabb (670114) | about 9 years ago | (#13359197)

Not in the UK, to my knowledge. Cable has always been second place to Satellite over here, and I don't recall any such service.

Re:SegaChannel (1)

damiangerous (218679) | about 9 years ago | (#13359513)

Well, that prompted me to look it up. According to this site [eidolons-inn.net] , it was available to some extent in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway. If you look up Flextech and Sega Channel there's other corroborating information in the form of press releases and the like (such as this [sat-net.com] . I don't know how UK cable works, if it's divided up into regional franchises like the US or what, but I'm assuming it just wasn't available anywhere near you.

Re:SegaChannel (1)

amembleton (411990) | about 9 years ago | (#13359346)

Wikipedia has an article on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega_Channel [wikipedia.org]

It says that the UK had it 'on certain cable services'.

Karma whore alert! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359493)

Nice karma whore post. The wikipedia article just repeated everything the grandparent had to say. Now I could see if it actually added more information to the conversation, but you just wasted my time. Thanks.

Age of Empire (5, Funny)

Meagermanx (768421) | about 9 years ago | (#13358769)

Age of Empire. It's like Age of Empires, but with just one!

Re:Age of Empire (2, Funny)

joelsanda (619660) | about 9 years ago | (#13358881)

Age of Empire. It's like Age of Empires, but with just one!

LOL. Yeah, it's the Evil Empire. You spend all your time shelling penguins with ideas copied from a smaller but better village down the valley with a tribe named The Panthers.

Re:Age of Empire (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359157)

Yep. I've got my one, huge, dominant empire here. Nobody to oppose me. Hmm, I think I'll go oppress the commoners today.

Is this...could it be...innovative? (1, Interesting)

amliebsch (724858) | about 9 years ago | (#13358791)

Personally, I like "all-you-can-eat" models for entertainment, since I have a large appetite and a short attention span. First music, then video, and now games. Logical, but I have to give MS some credit for being the first to enter this space in a significant way.

Re:Is this...could it be...innovative? (1)

amliebsch (724858) | about 9 years ago | (#13358829)

Oops, I guess not, I misread TFA on first reading. Extent has already been doing this with other publisers. So, yawn. Microsoft is just Yet Another Game Publisher.

Re:Is this...could it be...innovative? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359259)

I work for Turner Broadcasting and we're launching Gametap http://www.gametap.com/ [gametap.com] in September with a bunch of PC, Sega, Nintendo, Intellivision, etc. games. Sat through a demo of it the other day, this thing rocks, although I wouldn't pay for the service because I'm a console player with a nice 50" HDTV and nice couch to sit on, screw sitting in front of a computer; but I'm sure a lot of people will pay for it.

fp 30ck (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358793)

Sure, why not? (4, Interesting)

phaetonic (621542) | about 9 years ago | (#13358802)

I'd rather download a program via my broadband in a few minutes to an hour sometimes than go to a video rental store only to find the copy they said was available over the phone is not able to be found. However, the titles MS is offering leaves much to be desired.

Re:Sure, why not? (1)

wfberg (24378) | about 9 years ago | (#13359124)

However, the titles MS is offering leaves much to be desired.

It could be worse (or rather; more humorous). My friendly local cable internet company had an offer where you'd rent a bundle of games for a nominal fee.

One of the star titles on offer was America's Army. Ah-yup.

Only Hardcore Gamers Need Apply (4, Insightful)

Dr Tom Danger (621664) | about 9 years ago | (#13358811)

Oh ya, I can't wait to shell out 14.95 for a solid MONTH of Zoo Tycon. Where does the time go?

Re:Only Hardcore Gamers Need Apply (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358922)

The zoo?

in soviet russia (0, Offtopic)

Tuxinatorium (463682) | about 9 years ago | (#13358814)

In soviet russia, games demand YOU!

a more likely reason (3, Interesting)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 9 years ago | (#13358820)

"the shelf life can be prolonged and create additional revenue for the publisher not generated by the retail channel"

I'm not very familiar with the Microsoft game line, but are not most or all of the games offered ones that there has been a follow-up sequel to? Might Microsoft not see this as a way to gain revenue while at the same time use an old version of a game to promote a newer version of the game? I noticed the obvious absence of the Microsoft "Train Simulator" here, the game that even beta testers reported in bug reports "Unable to have fun with this game" and suspect it's because there is no sequel (the game rapidly lost it's shelf space). So while other companies sometimes release an older title into the wild as a way to promote a newer version, Bill has decided to charge users a reoccuring monthly fee for people to receive such promotions of new games. Nothing new there from the way Microsoft normally views their customers.

Re:a more likely reason (1)

bdcrazy (817679) | about 9 years ago | (#13359076)

Train simulator is more like the real simulators they put you in when you're actually in charge of the train than a game simulator.

Re:a more likely reason (1)

cnerd2025 (903423) | about 9 years ago | (#13359141)

What's up with this thread? How is parent a troll?

XBox 2 (3, Insightful)

Saiyine (689367) | about 9 years ago | (#13358825)

Maybe is just a purchase in anticipation of a valve's steam like download service for the new xbox 2??

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Good idea (2, Insightful)

JPriest (547211) | about 9 years ago | (#13358830)

I think I actually have to credit MS here with doing something fairly original. I think at the right price a game subscribtion service would be a good thing for people like me who play games for 2 weeks and shelve them.

Re:Good idea (1)

amliebsch (724858) | about 9 years ago | (#13358911)

That's what I thought at first, but here's what appears to be the actual situation: an existing company (Extent) already provides the play-on-demand service to front-ends like Yahoo!, and has a pretty good-sized catalog. Now, Microsoft, like many other publishers, has also added some of their games to that catalog. Why this deserves a Slashdot story is beyond me.

Re:Good idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358927)

I'm afraid you're going to have to give credit to the guys whose idea this actually is (some company called Exent). Microsoft arn't the ones behind the scheme, they're just supplying some of the titles. :/

Regards

Re:Good idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359229)

Original? What about the Japanese Satellaview (rented SNES games like BS Zelda) system or the Sega Channel?

Carmack (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358852)

No item about the fact that Carmack chooses the Xbox360 as his main development platform ?

ugh.. (0, Flamebait)

EK103 (759713) | about 9 years ago | (#13358861)

Microsoft needs to release their god forsaken windows vista instead of focusing on all this other dumb shit.

Re:ugh.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13358902)

$5 for a game most people will be bored with in a month is a good deal.

Besides, its much more convenient than going out to buy the thing. People here are always bitching about using the net as a software and services distribution platform, but when anyone tries (except apple) they bitch about it even more.

LET THE MARKET DECIDE!

Phantom (1)

subl33t (739983) | about 9 years ago | (#13358871)

Wasn't this supposed to be the service that would draw customers to Infinium's vapo.. Phantom console?

Anyone still investing in Infinium after hearing this news deseves to lose their money.

Re:Phantom (1)

mbrewthx (693182) | about 9 years ago | (#13359018)

Agreed..

Also
Infinium named Kevin Bachus as their CEO but Timothy Roberts will still be at the company. No news on the Phantom though.

They have consolidated all coporate operations to Seattle.

Shelf-Life, Profits, etc. (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 9 years ago | (#13358880)

"the shelf life can be prolonged and create additional revenue for the publisher not generated by the retail channel"

Sure, very nice, keep pumping air into a product as long as possible since you don't have to compete for shelf space with other games, or heck even your newest offerings, but there's an opportunity here -- The opportunity to keep your bloddy piece of junk bug-fixed. Do you suppose they'll seize the opportunity?

How about newer games? (4, Insightful)

antdude (79039) | about 9 years ago | (#13358885)

These games are old. How about a selection of newer games?

Re:How about newer games? (1)

fireduck (197000) | about 9 years ago | (#13358899)

because they'd perfer you pay $40+ for a new game direct from MS rather than $15 to a middle man who has licensed the game for a much cheaper rate.

Its like Napster, only theres no market (1)

Foktip (736679) | about 9 years ago | (#13359232)

Theres no market for this kind of service. Most of the people into games enough to want to play games in quantity, are "hardcore" enough that they've already played games from a few years ago (or later versions of them); got bored of them, and have them still on the shelf somewhere. If youve played Red Alert 2, Starcraft, and C&C Generals, why would you want to play the original Command & Conquer? Or better yet - would it even run properly? It might run better on Winex than WinXP ! LOL! Anyways...

The less-hardcore gamers likely dont want to pay monthly fees for games, when they already pay monthly fees for various other services. Not to mention how pirating of older games has probably rendered this whole thing utterly useless anyway. People might balk at copying new games, but older ones just feel like fair game once they're off the shelves of stores. People often just borrow old games, and movies from friends/neighbours, and return the disc later. ANd with old games/movies, there is no "copy protection"; so they actually last for a while.

Then theres the whole preventing piracy of games while using the service - its quite likely this thing will go up, everyone will download and crack tons of games, then cancel their subscription.

Rent? (2, Funny)

EK103 (759713) | about 9 years ago | (#13358936)

Why would anyone rent games online when you can just... uhh... nm :P

All you can eat (1)

patdabiker (710704) | about 9 years ago | (#13359024)

Give me a $40/month subscription, with access to 10-20 games, keep the games updated and current, and I'm in. I don't spend anywhere near $480 a year on games (more like $60), but I might be willing to if done right.

Re:All you can eat (1)

i.r.id10t (595143) | about 9 years ago | (#13359195)

How about maybe a little more $$ ($10 or so at most), latest releases, you pick twelve per year and you can play 'em forever... 'Cause for 40-50 a month, you should be able to buy one of the newest releases once a month... if there are even any worth paying that for. Of course, you'll have to figure a couple hundred per year for hardware as well.
 

Re:All you can eat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359295)

Let's check the math here...

12 Months * $40 + $399 for XBox360 (the HD enabled one) = $879

or

$879 / $60 per game = 14 Games a year.

I can't think of any year in the last 20 years, that there's been more that 14 games worth buying.

What's the saying.. a fool and his money...

G.

What a Pathetically Stupid Idea (4, Interesting)

ewhac (5844) | about 9 years ago | (#13359054)

I'm pleased to see that Microsoft has started early in pissing off their distributors and retailers, who really don't appreciate vendors doing an end-run around them, leaving them with shelf stock that's harder to sell.

That said, I don't think the retailers have anything to worry about immediately, as you'd have to be an idiot to pay $14.95 a month to rent a game you can buy for $20.00.

I just bought a copy of Dungeon Siege, which included the Legends of Aranna expansion pack, for $20.00 at Fry's. Not only do I own the damn thing and not get dunned every month, but I also don't have to install some insidious piece of spyware/copy-protection enforcement sh*t which phones home reporting my usage and any other damn thing they "need" to know about. Mechwarrior 4 can also be found on the cheap rack for $20.00. And if you really want an amazing bargain, grab Loki's Descent 3 for $4.95, which includes the Mercenary expansion pack.

This is a really, really dumb idea.

Schwab

Why isn't this more popular already? (3, Insightful)

AtlanticCarbon (760109) | about 9 years ago | (#13359120)

As other posters have mentioned, we gamers do have the desire to get games over the net. Not only that, a lot of games that don't have much replayability and I'm satisfied with a rental.

Why are there only old games? What about even selling games digitally (yeah, I'd accept some DRM crap for the convience)?

So what's the holdup?

The Average Joe (1)

Databass (254179) | about 9 years ago | (#13359243)

"So, I gave you money but I don't own this game? Hmm."

Re:The Average Joe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359430)

Yep. Exactly like when they go to Blockbuster and rent a movie. They get home and sit around saying, "What the crap? I paid for this and I don't even own it!?"

Re:The Average Joe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359449)

If average Joe Mook can figure out video rentals, then game rentals aren't exactly much of a difference.

Also, this isn't exactly new online. Yahoo Games On Demand, also driven by Exents software, offers a large range of games for $15 a month, and there's some really quite recent stuff in there as well, like Project Snowblind and Imperial Glory.

http://gamesondemand.yahoo.com/ [yahoo.com]

Hell, it even comes with a month free trial. Even if you don't want to pay anything, you can get to play through a few games for nothing.

mod up (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13359357)

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The Phantom Model (1)

MBraynard (653724) | about 9 years ago | (#13359475)

But this one at least sounds like it didn't suck a fortune out of investors.

Prepping for Xbox 360 Live (1)

Generic Guy (678542) | about 9 years ago | (#13359506)

The article compares this move to the video rental market, whereas here these old game get a second chance at life (and revenue). But I get the distinct feeling Microsoft is leasing these games to Exent simply watch what happens before taking over this market.

Folks who follow the gaming news should realize that Xbox 360 is being set up almost entirely around the "Live" service. J Allard even admits this is their current strategy. Anyone with more than a couple brain cells to rub together should realize Microsoft is going to use the new Live service to nickel and dime their customers to death. Xbox 360 Live will be a delicious post-purchase revenue generator for MS. Monthly game rentals would seem a good fit with all the other Live revenue-enhancers and, if this experiment pans out with Exent, I wouldn't doubt these type of "rentals" will also begin showing up on Xbox360 Live.

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