RE: "Why CAG Rocks" and thoughts on Xbox Live costs
First of all, WOW, good points all around guys! From what everyone was saying I really can see how it might be somewhat of a rip-off when you think about it. We did pay a good amount for the console, and we did pay a good amount for the game we want to play online too. I can understand the thought that between Microsoft and the game dev online play should be provided for free, much like Sony is doing perhaps. However, how long should they be asked to host these games? I don’t think that I would/should be able to still be able to play Gears of War 1 for free on the developer’s/MS’s dime. Do you? Can I really expect $60 to include a lifetime of free online multiplayer hosting? Because of this, I do understand needing a pay membership to keep the servers up, or like you said renting and running my own server. But I pay them for it to work so I don’t have to mess with it. Not to mention I cant expect some little kid wanting to play UNO online to host his own server either… Either way it’s mute point as we seem to keep paying so I don’t see MS changing anytime soon. Which is in the end the language they speak… Also, with the deal posted yesterday it only comes to $2.31 per month. And I’ll get that that much value out of one evening of COD4!
Then there is the comparison of the consoles. The PS3 has free online play, same with the Wii. But still I buy and play mostly 360 games. I use my 360 as a dvd and Netflix media center. And even with the lag reported by some and which i get sometimes (very rare for me) and weird layout on some of the NXE I do like the 360’s dashboard and its content much more than any of the others. And before you ask, yes I do have the Sony PS3, and Nintendo Wii, The PSP, and DS handhelds also. But when I think about the Xbox vs. the other consoles I feel like my $2.31/month is being used in a good way - for the continued refinement and development of my interface with the console. However, if any of the other consoles get better, or the 360 starts to suck, I’ll dump it in a moment – mark my words – because I do agree that’s still a LOT of money over time.
BTW I love seeing all sides of this discussion! But still my original point was that I was about to spend $50 on something and instead CAG hooked me up with it for $30. And I decided to get 2 of them. No matter what the product is, that’s a freaking great deal and I just wanted to say thanks to CheapyD for the site, to gunm for the post about the deal, a big thanks to the rest of community here!
Now I think i'm off to go play something on my PS3 as I think it might be a little mad at me after that post...