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This model may work really well. If you think about it, it's sort of like buying a car;

Either you pay a large amount of money up front.
Or you pay for it overtime and end up paying more in the end.


I think there could be a serious reward for developers that get into this. If GameFly has a system where developers get a flat monthly fee to put up their games, and GameFly makes more money than the fees they pay out, both Gamefly and the developers get paid continuously, and we end up paying less for more games.

If this works, this system will change the way games are distributed. Mark my words.



Gabe Newell himself said that the gaming industry is transitioning from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service. (Start @ 1:08)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijBSX9a-0Pw

This is that idea incarnated. If this is successful, Gabe Newell will jump all over this. Steam will become a pay-per-month service as opposed to pay-per-game. As it stands, it would have to work that way anyway. As time goes on, more and more games are added to Steam's library. People are continuously updating/wiping their systems and re-downloading games from Steam's servers. Eventually, the cost of people downloading games continuously will outweigh the income that powers these servers. If that happens, Valve begins losing money. By switching to a pay-per-month service with only "Premium" games being sold (and at very discounted prices for early access), this would eliminate any issues down the road, and it would probably lead to higher profits too.

Mark my words. The industry is going to change over the next few years. Either the next generation or the generation after that of consoles will adopt a system very similar to Steam and will eliminate physical media, while PC gaming will become service based. The days of physical media is coming to an end, and in its place will be service and download-based gaming. Even Steam is going to evolve. Haven't you ever wondered why there are quite a few Free to Play games on Steam now? Gaming as a service: You have the free game, and then you have the premium game that you pay for.

It's coming. For avid gamers like me, this system will save me money and make me more active. For the casual gamer, it will probably cost them more. In the end, developers stand to make a lot more money from a service based system. Instead of having big chunks of money for each game release, they will continuously get money. Hopefully, this will revive the market even more.
This, I can see a company [x] taking over the entire entertainment industry by buying up Gamefly, netflix, facebook and everything. We'll all have an [x] brand PC, Laptop, Gaming/multimedia console, phones, tablets and multimedia handhelds where we pay monthly for unlimited access to movies, tv shows, video games and all of that will be linked together and integrated as a mega super facebook watch or play whatever at any time for x amount a month.
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this sounds pretty awesome, considering I usually only play free games. I think it's a good initiative to get people like me interested in games here and there for a low monthly fee.
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Yes, you did take what I said out of context. I was talking about the same DRM used by GameFly can't be used by other companies since they don't do a rental service like GameFly does. You went off into how we don't own games we just purchase right to use the software for a long term amount of time, which isn't even relevant to anything.


The games are all lined to your gamefly account, you have to login your account in order to play. So if you don't have an active account, disabled.
I did NOT take anything out of context, and I did NOT "go off" about anything. How is quoting your post directly and completely taking something out of context? And, my post was not hostile, it was merely stating the facts, and the FACT is that when you "buy" software you do not actually own anything. All you are purchasing is the limited right to use the software with a really long list of stipulations. This has been a fact for over 30 years now. You don't have to accuse people of "going off" just because they point out an error in your statements.
    
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Yup, I'm surprised about the unlimited amount of games, would have assumed there'd be like a 3-5 game limit a month, but then again this is digital.
It'll be unlimited until it gets popular, then you'll probably see either a limit introduced across everyone, or a multi-tier service where you can pay a little bit more for unlimited access, and a bit less for limited.

Thats how I would do it anyway, keep it unlimited to get people interested, then 6-12 months down the line, BAM! Changes to the ToS to "accommodate the amount of usage due to the services popularity" or something similar. The people that use it the most will be used to the service and wont want to cancel.


But that relies on it being popular in the first place.
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I think GameFly is either trolling, lying or blissfully ignorant.

There is NO WAY the likes of BattleField 3, CoD, Starcraft 2 or Halflife 3 will play along.

EA, Valve and Blizzard-Activision would guard their AAA titles too closely.
I know I would.
i dont expect them to be out at launch, but i'm gonna buy those games anyways. i'm more excited for this for shorter, lesser known games that i wouldn't buy for retail price. but unlimited PC games + the netflix style console rental scheme, i'm TOTALLY down for this.
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how are they going to get past games that require steam to play and once installed in steam its there for life, how does this work?
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I want a damn list of games playable on launch day
    
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Originally Posted by Tunechi View Post

The games are all lined to your gamefly account, you have to login your account in order to play. So if you don't have an active account, disabled.
I think you misunderstood him. He seemed to be meaning that you could download all the games GameFly offers and enjoy them. Never said anything about an account.
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