Blizzard announced they're making a cloud gaming platform. Only that platform will be allowed to run Blizzard games. Attempts to use any other cloud platform will get the player banned.
EA announced they're making a cloud gaming platform. Guess which games will be on it.
My prediction: This trend will create a push toward gating games behind exclusive cloud services the same way TV shows and movies are being slowly gated today (oh hi, Disney).
If you thought DRM was bad... stay tuned~
@polychrome I hate this future. Also arguably both Blizzard and EA have already attempted this in the past with Diablo 3 and SimCity(2013).
@polychrome Valve's been more or less working towards this for the past decade. Why do you think they did all that R&D on the Steam Link?
@greatjoe except you're comparing a single game store that both has competition and offers various titles from various companies VS having to pay each "game provider" separately for the right to access their limited and very exclusive game library that will not be available anywhere else
@zlg I'm at that place now - in the past 5 years the only AAA titles I've purchased were Doom 4 and Prey (2016) (though I do intend to purchase Doom 5, because... Dooooom!)
Otherwise most of my play has been focused on small indie titles, DOSBox and 80's - 90's console emulation. I'm only aware of most current popular game titles by hearing about them from friends.
As for latency... I'm not in the USA so I don't get to really try this out, but I'm hearing reports that things are actually playable now 🤔
@polychrome in If you can load the files locally it might be an interesting alternative. I have less issue with the idea of a subscription service than most.
@Rasp well the whole point is that the game never touches your computer, and is instead streamed from a remote gaming machine hosted by the game company, so...
@polychrome that is not going to be viable for some time. the latency issue is too strong in many areas they'd need to have some stuff loaded locally so they don't need to send a constant 60fps video feed.
@polychrome I'm kind of okay not owning games... I'm the ass with who knows how many games in my steam library I got as part of a bundle or sale I'll never get around to. Or there are games I wanna try but there isn't a demo and I'm not sure I'd wanna fork over $40 for. At least then I don't feel pressured or ripped off when I put money into it but don't feel like playing it.
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