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3:49 PM on 09.19.2011

RE: The Jimquisition & Online Pass Schiesse

By saying that eliminating online passes is a strategy for the long term, Jim, you hit the nail on the head, and also the underlying problem: the current business model for game companies (as it is for energy companies, banks, and even political legislation) is all focused on the SHORT term, to the detriment of us all. Gaming companies aren't going to fix something until it's almost the apocalypse for their bottom lines (e.g. Nintendo's last-ditch effort to slash prices on the 3DS and its lackluster attempt to develop a console that can in any way infiltrate the 360/PS3 market of consumers), and that's just going to bite all of us in the ass.

Capcom's approach to Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a perfect example of this: an extremely cynical ploy to get people to buy a shit game, and then fork over another $50-$60 for very minor content that could have easily been distributed as DLC (in the case of this game, Angry Joe has pointed out that some of the features in the new Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 were actually promised as FREE DLC by Capcom after the release of the first game (e.g. Spectator Mode). They don't care about consumers, they just care about duping enough people to pay as much money as possible for as little effort as possible on their part. You are absolutely right in saying that the only way we can stop this is by either voicing our opinions, or boycotting games that use this exploitative strategy.

Of course, that would also require people to think beyond three months into the future and consider the big picture RE: the gaming industry and even their own wallets. Let's hope that somehow people get the message. Though, I did read somewhere that repetition is the best way to get your message heard. So:

ONLINE PASSES ARE THE GAMING INDUSTRY'S WAY OF RAPING YOU. DON'T LET THEM DO IT.
ONLINE PASSES ARE THE GAMING INDUSTRY'S WAY OF RAPING YOU. DON'T LET THEM DO IT.
ONLINE PASSES ARE THE GAMING INDUSTRY'S WAY OF RAPING YOU. DON'T LET THEM DO IT.
ONLINE PASSES ARE THE GAMING INDUSTRY'S WAY OF RAPING YOU. DON'T LET THEM DO IT.
ONLINE PASSES ARE THE GAMING INDUSTRY'S WAY OF RAPING YOU. DON'T LET THEM DO IT.
ONLINE PASSES ARE THE GAMING INDUSTRY'S WAY OF RAPING YOU. DON'T LET THEM DO IT.
ONLINE PASSES ARE THE GAMING INDUSTRY'S WAY OF RAPING YOU. DON'T LET THEM DO IT.
ONLINE PASSES ARE THE GAMING INDUSTRY'S WAY OF RAPING YOU. DON'T LET THEM DO IT.
ONLINE PASSES ARE THE GAMING INDUSTRY'S WAY OF RAPING YOU. DON'T LET THEM DO IT.
ONLINE PASSES ARE THE GAMING INDUSTRY'S WAY OF RAPING YOU. DON'T LET THEM DO IT.   read





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