Raines wrote:Batman: Arkham City had an Online Pass, and that was a fairly significant chunk of the game. RAGE had one, but that game kinda sucked anyway. Regardless of how publishers want to justify it, it's getting to the point where every game, whether single- or multiplayer, is getting some sort of BS requirement to pay $10 extra if you don't buy the game new. Eventually instead of seeing "Press Start" at the title screen, you're going to see "Pay $10 to Continue." Then after that, every multiplayer game's gonna have an MMO-like fee to play it per month.
Yup. How long before Activision moves more of CoD behind the Elite paywall? And I'd tend to think that even though they're easing towards this bit by bit instead of dumping it on us all at once, they're going to lose a lot of their customer base that way. These idiots don't seem to realize that people have more and more alternatives to spend their entertainment dollars and time on.
I rented Arkham City and I liked it enough that I was tempted to buy the pass, but in the end, I was able to stop myself. RAGE, like you said, sucked. KoA looks fairly cool, but not anywhere near enough of a sure thing to buy, but because of the pass crap, I might just not even rent it in the first place.
I also find it kind of odd that renting never seems to come up in press and developer discussions about passes. Since people who rent a game on day one are, effectively, responsible for the sale of a full copy of the game, and people who rent it later on down the line obviously weren't interested enough to be potential day one retail customers in the first place, it seems to me that developers shouldn't be counting renting as a negative even in the sort of blinkered, short-term analysis that leads to all these online passes. After all, lots of day-one renters wouldn't have bought the game anyway, but they're still moving retail copies, and some use renting as a try-before-you-buy system. But the larger the fraction of a game that gets locked behind a pass paywall, the less likely I'd think people will be to rent it.