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I'm on board with that if and when they let me make a backup copy to a DVD-R, or whatever. Consoles break, and if my $600 PS3 goes belly up, I expect to be able to reinstall the games I have already purchased.
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Originally Posted by sccr64472
If you have some extra DDR laying around, it's actually fairly cheap...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815168001
damn that is cheap!!
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I'm on board with that if and when they let me make a backup copy to a DVD-R, or whatever. Consoles break, and if my $600 PS3 goes belly up, I expect to be able to reinstall the games I have already purchased.
If implemented correctly you wont need to carry the actual game around. Nor will you have to worry about anyhting breaking and losing information. Information is not physical, therefore it cannot be lost. The media it is stored on IS physical which is what causes this problem.

Basically "the system" (a fictional corporation that maintains a network of computers, user accounts, and purchases. Possibly MicrosoftTimewarnerAOLMcdonalds™) will work like this:
You will be given a number that uniquely identifies you to the system. You will wear this 'mark' on your right hand or forehead, haha no im kidding. But you will have a login for this that you use on your console.

When you want to purchase a new game you will be given a key consisting of Game-YourID-MiscInfo or something like it. Let's pretend Halo 10 has just come out. You login to see if it's ready for purchase. You authorize a purchase and the system assigns that gamekey to your account plus the date on which you purchased it and for how much.

HALBUNG01034F934-(Your 512 char security key)-06092015.2MODKIDOLLAHS(Damn the modki dollah is up as of late isnt it?)

Anyhow you would have several hundreds of these keys stored by the system and when you want to play a game the inital client is loaded and you can begin the level select, char select, car select, monkey slapping, fat kid kidnapping, etc... all the while the rest of the game is streaming to a local cache in a torrent-like fashion between you and the systems server and other users also storing it.

See the game is deployed in modules. Probably broken down by level. Current and Next levels would take priority while Multiplayer content and Other levels get secondary priority. While you're dying 10 times to the expertly positioned japanese yakuza the next two levels have already downloaded my friend! The inital client consists of Main, Pause, Load, Char Select.. etc menu would be the initial download and take no more than 200MB. Yes there might be some load times, but compared to having to drive to the store, wait in line, and drive home it's about the same amt of time. Right now I have a 7M down 1.5M up connection for 60$ a month (cable.) and can download 1gig fairly fast from good servers. In the future I forsee much faster speeds for far less money.

The system will (nay, must!) have about a 400gig hard disk and support compression of games than havent been played in 2 months, the option to remove games that havent been played in 6 months, and the ability to swap the drives out should you be Hardcore like for reals tho.

"Delete a game I haven't played for more than 6 Months?" you say, "What if i want to play it later?" relax forrest you can download it again because in the system your account contains that games ID. It will be highlighted Blue instead of Green in the Online Store letting you know you've purchased it already. It will also appear in a list of previously purchased games via the Games->Info->Game History menu.

Piracy comes to an end. Since you can't play the game without the key, even if you had a local copy it would tell you you're not authorized to play it.

Games cost less. Saving about 5-8$ a game wont seem like much but think of how much we're helping the environment by not producing 50 Million pounds of plastic discs, packaging, and displays. Not to mention the gallons of solvents and such used in the production of said plastics.
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Oh yes also, parents will have to authorize certain purchases of course. But when they buy games in a certain level range for children in a certain age range they will be shown a quick 30 second trailer of gameplay and then asked for authorization to download.

Say your kid wants Happy Fun Time Game Extreme and it's got a rating of Mature. You go ahead and view the trailer to see drug abusing sluts from sub-dimensions of hell firing guns into jesus holding a baby. Well you wont authorize that now will you? You would? What the hell screw you all then.
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Yeah yeah, I understand the model. It's not too different from what iTunes is already doing. But I don't like it, I'm old-school and prefer to maintain actual control of what I purchase; and this model redefines what I have purchased. Not to mention that I simpy don't trust most of the publishers out there; it took me years to let go and create a Microsoft Passport account, and I will never, NEVER give those rootkit distributing bastards Sony control of my information.

Your description is sound and is probably the future, but we have a long way to go before we can truly adopt such a model.

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Right now I have a 7M down 1.5M up connection for 60$ a month (cable.)
And you do realize that that is so NOT the norm, right? Broadband penetration as a concept is still pretty low, and the products that the providers are pushing most often are "Lite" offerings that are capped at 768kbps or 1Mbps download. They are cheaper and thus easier to sell to parents that don't want to double their dial-up rate. And even for those of us who would be willing to pay it, I don't even think I can get 7Mbps here! Consider yourself lucky, 7Mbps is blazing.

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You go ahead and view the trailer to see drug abusing sluts from sub-dimensions of hell firing guns into jesus holding a baby. Well you wont authorize that now will you?
Dang...I want to play that game!!!
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Originally Posted by VulcanDragon
Consider yourself lucky, 7Mbps is blazing.
I don't always get the full 7 mostly it's more like 4.5 on a good day. Alot of servers cap what they send and if you can't get more than one connection well then it's like being back in the 90's...

EDIT: Oh yes and you SHOULD put your trust in large companies, they only want what is best for the user. Letting them decide how to handle your data is simpler and safe...
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