[NetBehaviour] Is free really the future of gaming?
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Fri Mar 13 11:38:28 CET 2009
Is free really the future of gaming?
It's not just new developers going gratis, Sony and EA are too...
There's no such thing as a free lunch. But how about a lunch during
which you have to watch a couple of adverts, or pay 50p for extra
ketchup? What if it's a plain meal you eat in the company of paying
customers devouring lavish haute cuisine?
There are many possible futures for gaming, and the magic word 'free'
orbits around a great many of them. It's the internet's fault, of course
– this is a world that's become highly accustomed to getting what it
wants whenever it wants, and without a pricetag.
On the PC especially, there are dual wars being fought against rampant
piracy and punter-bewildering system specs. The answer, or at least an
answer that's being toyed with of late, is free games – high on
accessibility, low on technical requirements, and funded by a cocktail
of advertising and micropayments for extra content.
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