Don't forget, this generation has seen a real upsurge in post-launch support - and they only get paid if gamers buy their games new. We will say that that single-player content should never be held back, otherwise gamers without the internet will be hit.
post launch support, whats this then ?
you mean constant patches & updates to fix games that are bug ridden & un-playable on release or paid for DLC content that should have been in the game in the first place, they have a bank of servers that's all, exactly how many people play FIFA 10 for example, when the next version comes out people buy it there-by EA get the money, if more effort was put towards decent single player games there instead of pushing out the same old multi-player routine time after time because that's what uses up the servers, most of which are all COD clones just one & the same.
this year is going to be very tough for gaming simply because people don't have £40 to spend on a game that doesn't work out of the box & that is just a update of a previous game from a year ago.
what if i buy a game & don't play it online ?
if a online pass is £10 then any game that has online multiplayer should be £10 cheaper at retail & you then buy a pass via Live, Steam or PSN.
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