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Why is everyone so negative/skeptical about this? It's essentially the video game equivalent of hulu.com, which seems to have panned out.
    
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What if its like you watch a short ad at first. Then you'll get hammered with add breaks every 10 minutes or so. In other words your game pauses, an ad you have to watch pops up. That would piss me off. I'll just go out and buy my own games without the stupid ads.
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Why is everyone so negative/skeptical about this? It's essentially the video game equivalent of hulu.com, which seems to have panned out.
Hah. Do you honestly think a $50 video game can be fully funded by watching a few advertisements?
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Hah. Do you honestly think a $50 video game can be fully funded by watching a few advertisements?
Broadcast TV has been doing it for decades with million dollar TV shows.
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Hah. Do you honestly think a $50 video game can be fully funded by watching a few advertisements?
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Broadcast TV has been doing it for decades with million dollar TV shows.
ZING!

Anyhoo, a game only costs $50 to the consumer, just like a movie only costs ~$20 to the consumer, yet it's still subsidized for "free" through advertisements. Would we say that the 4-6 sets of commercials we have to sit through while watching a hulu movie are really worth $20? No. But do things on a large enough scale, and the money almost always works out. Well, so long as they don't have worthless crappy games... The only question becomes will enough people adopt this that advertisements make sense and prove cost-effective.
    
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Great idea. The ad basically pays for the game you play, plus since its for gamers, companies who advertise games can direct their marketing at this sort of service with the exact audiences they're aiming to attract and not the way more expensive TV marketing campaigns.

I'm signing up for this for sure.

EDIT: To people being skeptical about this, there are already a few free games that get their small profits this way, try games like The Suffering or Psi-Ops which are totally free to legally download for PC, as they're advert-supported.
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Broadcast TV has been doing it for decades with million dollar TV shows.
Apples and oranges. TV episodes don't have an MSRP of $50 each. You'd be daft to think a single person could generate a minimum of $50 of advertising revenue, before all other expenses for this company are taken into account.

Online advertising is dirt cheap.
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The point of this is to encourage you to watch the ads....


Why would advertisers choose clips that are so repugnant that the player turns them off and ditches the service all together?

Not to mention, the publicity of being affiliated with a "Dog Killing" service wouldn't be good for the image of a start up company like this. Or the majority of companies out there.
Why do people not know a joke when it hits them?
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Apples and oranges. TV episodes don't have an MSRP of $50 each. You'd be daft to think a single person could generate a minimum of $50 of advertising revenue, before all other expenses for this company are taken into account.

Online advertising is dirt cheap.
I agree with last statement.
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Online advertising is dirt cheap.
Exactly, and because it's free more people will flock to it.

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But do things on a large enough scale, and the money almost always works out. Well, so long as they don't have worthless crappy games... The only question becomes will enough people adopt this that advertisements make sense and prove cost-effective.
This.
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Worth a try, I signed up. Thanks.
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