Thursday, February 02 2012 @ 07:27 PM UTC
As much as we might rail against the idea of the next gen Xbox blocking used games from being played, the fight for consumer rights in the game industry is already over. And we didn't win.
There's no reason why an Xbox that can't play used games is not acceptable, but a PC that can't play used games due to CD keys is. There's no reason why on-the-disc DLC is not acceptable, but the same content when actually downloaded is. There's no reason why offering extra quests to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning preorders is not acceptable, but offering in-game items as preorder incentives is. There's no reason that DRM is not acceptable, but Steam is.
While we may muster outrage for all of these things when we feel they go too far, the fact that we've permitted them in any form is evidence of a fight for consumer rights that's already been lost.