[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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