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Jimquisition: Why PC Gaming Gets Away With It photo
Jimquisition: Why PC Gaming Gets Away With It
by Jim Sterling

The Xbox One no longer enforces restrictions on used games, but the debate over console DRM is not over. One lingering question is this -- why are consoles criticized, but PC gets away with it?

One would assume the plentiful answers are obvious, but your old pal Sterling was so inundated with arguments dragging PC gaming into the discussion, he just had to answer. Enjoy this selection of reasons why PC gaming is allowed to abandon the used market, and consoles aren't.

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10:30 AM on 06.18.2013

Warner Bros. believes in Wii U despite 'slow start'

Nintendo's Wii U hasn't been doing great. One of its stronger third party supporters, however, isn't going to give up so soon. Warner Bros. still believes in the console, and claims it simply didn't hit the ground running. "H...

Jim Sterling





6:30 PM on 06.13.2013

Game Debate to the Death! If you only get one E3 console?

First, a reminder that the debate format has changed to a PollDaddy voting system, followed by a massive thank you for making last week's Half-Life debate the largest Game Debate Destructoid has ever had since I started this ...

Tom Fronczak

8:30 AM on 06.10.2013

Xbox One preorders beating PS4 on Amazon UK by 2.3%

Despite massive negative attention from press and consumer alike, Microsoft's DRM-delivery machine (known to some as the Xbox One) is enjoying healthy preorders on Amazon UK, beating even the PlayStation 4. It's only a slight...

Jim Sterling



Xbox One kills game ownership, here's what Xbox fans say photo
Xbox One kills game ownership, here's what Xbox fans say
by Jim Sterling

Microsoft finally clarified much of its policy on used games and online restrictions with the Xbox One, and the news is grim for those who actually believe in consumer rights. With its new system, Microsoft will take the final step in stripping gamers of their property ownership, and control every moment of their experience. 

Making you check in every 24 hours like a groveling lapdog, restricting your ability to lend and rent games, and effectively pursuing the industry dream of keeping goods long after they've been sold, the Xbox One is a corporation's fantasy machine that flips off the common end user. 

The Xbox brand's most vocal fans, those posting on Major Nelson's blog, were among the first to react to the news, and even among such die-hards, the reactions weren't pleasant. Gamers from all sides seem furious at Microsoft's publisher-friendly, consumer-kicking policies, with only a scant few gathering the nerve to defend them. 

Here's what folks have been saying. 

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1:30 PM on 06.04.2013

Pachter: Wii U may be stuck with only first-party games

Industry analyst Michael "Soup Calves" Pachter is speaking about Nintendo again, and we know how much you all love that. This time, the fearless soothsayer warns Nintendo could be stuck with nothing but its own games on the W...

Jim Sterling

9:30 AM on 05.28.2013

MS says gamers will buy everything, including Xbox One

Angry about the Xbox One? Put off by Microsoft's increasingly anti-consumer attitude? Company man Phil Spencer isn't worried. In fact, he's confident you'll buy anything it puts out, because that's what gamers do.  "We b...

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 05.27.2013

Gamers make it clear to Sony they want a DRM-free PS4

While Microsoft continues to flop around following the revelation of its Xbox One user restrictions, gamers have sensed an opportunity to suggest Sony steal some free PR points, campaigning for a DRM-free PlayStation 4. ...

Jim Sterling

9:30 AM on 05.24.2013

Microsoft predicts over a billion next-gen consoles sold

Supremely high expectations have been a large part of this generation, and it appears the next one will continue the tradition. Microsoft is convinced the combined might of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will see over one bil...

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 05.23.2013

EA: PS4/Xbox One 'a generation ahead' of gaming PCs

The hype train is at full speed now the Xbox One and PS4 are both public knowledge, and Electronic Arts is riding first class. According to EA CTO Rajat Teneja, Sony and Microsoft have systems so magically powerful, they're f...

Jim Sterling



One Xbox to rule them all - Office Chat photo
One Xbox to rule them all - Office Chat
by Conrad Zimmerman

In this special, singularly-focused edition of Office Chat, I'm joined by Jim Sterling and Jordan Devore as we discuss our reactions to the Xbox One reveal. From the frustrations of having to figure out what to now call the original Xbox console, to disappointing news that the massive library of existing Xbox Live Arcade games will have no home in the One, skepticism runs rampant.

It's not all bad news. The "snap" feature has earned some marks from us at least, but it appears that Microsoft is going to have to put out one hell of an E3 showing to win over these hearts and minds.

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Jimquisition: Xbox One out of Ten  photo
Jimquisition: Xbox One out of Ten
by Jim Sterling

The Xbox One was revealed this weak to thunderous applause. Oh wait, did we say applause? We meant, farts. Thunderous farts.

Speaking of farts, here's a man who loves the smell of his, tearing Microsoft's unified entertainment philosophy to shreds and arguing how the Xbox One is basically a system for nobody but the privileged and demented.

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The DTOID Show's Xbox One Roundup photo
The DTOID Show's Xbox One Roundup
by Max Scoville

Hey! Today Microsoft unveiled the new Xbox, the Xbox One.

So, we talked about some of the news that came out of that announcement. That's uh, all we talked about, because it's pretty big news.

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9:30 AM on 05.21.2013

Molyneux: Xbox 360 won this gen, now must beat Apple

We all know Peter Molyneux lives in a gumdrop world of magic and make-believe, but perhaps none of us realized he was so far gone as to live in a world where Nintendo and Sony apparently don't exist. According to the 22 Cans ...

Jim Sterling



What do you expect from the next Xbox reveal? photo
What do you expect from the next Xbox reveal?
by Conrad Zimmerman

Microsoft is gearing up to reveal the next generation of Xbox hardware in just a scant two weeks, but what will they be showing? In our latest installment of The Question, we make predictions for the event on May 21. 

What are your hopes, dreams and expectations?

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8:00 PM on 05.03.2013

Console vs. PC: The line has been drawn!

Which is better!? WHICH IS BETTER!? C'mon! Make a decision! So here we've got another Flash cartoon by famed grump Egoraptor. The "console vs. PC" argument is by no means a new one, but that's not the real highlight of this ...

Tony Ponce