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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-06-11 13:29:07

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I had long hoped that Sony's free-to-play-online stance would force Microsoft to make Xbox Live Gold service free as well, but it seems the opposite has happened. Sony will continue to provide free online multiplayer, but are putting together some sort of mystery subscription package. The only reason I subscribe to Xbox Live Gold is for multiplayer action (although, I've been so busy of late, I'm just giving Microsoft free money :P). Sony's offering would have to be compelling indeed to get me to pony up the fee.

The PS3 has come a long way since its shaky genesis. It finally has a significant amount of content that I'm interested in. But its online infrastructure still lags behind that of Xbox Live, even years after launch. Sony let slip that they wouldn't be providing cross-game chat with that "if we were to offer it" quote. Presumably, this shortcoming continues to extend to other social amenities like Live's universal invitation system.

Instead, for a rumored ~$70 a year fee, purported features include a music streaming service and a monthly free PSN game (chosen from an extremely limited list). Everybody's trying to monetize their systems, from gaming consoles to Facebook, and they certainly have to right to earn revenue for rendering genuinely valuable services. However, Sony will have to do much better than that to leech onto my wallet. Maybe they'll have some pleasant surprises at E3.

Shit, I really would pay at least a one-time fee if they'd improve the PS3 firmware update system/schedule.

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-06-10 03:08:38

Diplomacy V - Fall 1914

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This war's current tally stands at 20 (Franco-German coalition) against 14 (Austro-Italian alliance). Despite the stacked numbers, the Austro-Italians have managed to establish a stalemate. This has become a contest of patience and endurance. We could be staring at similar maps for MANY turns to come.

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