On this locked and loaded edition of EBC we’re discussing the newly-announced COD: Advanced Warfare to debate how the franchise can remain relevant. Plus, Activision dumps major dough into Destiny, Microsoft talks plans for E3, Transistor fans get some goodies and Harmonix hits Kickstarter for an HD remake. All of that and more on this Spacey edition of gaming’s most brutal video podcast!
TOPIC: ANSWERING THE CALL: With the recent reveal of COD: Advanced Warfare, we discuss the current state of the popular franchise while evaluating how long Activision and its legion of developers can continue to push an annual product with success.
MEMBER: Esteban Manriquez
We are all screwed.
The list of reasons why the future of digital distribution is bad just doesn't seem to click for the most part. Your trading everything that makes games timeless for the convenience of not having to leave your house. There is no thought put into the future or archival of games offered through the digital age. No one is thinking long term or if there will be a way to access the games they own past their purchases. Even now we are seeing games stricken from the digital ether never to be seen again due to licensing issues (i.e. Deadpool was less than a year old before it disappeared forever digitally ), with no game immune from some sort of expired license. Then you have companies that go under, IP's being sold or shelved, no longer profitable, reliant on certain software specs, and on and on and on....
Hate to burst Brent's bubble but DRM hasn't been abolished. It has become an acceptable common place standard that will only thrive as the activity grows, just the name has been changed to Digital Distribution. All that DRM was supposed to combat or control is done so with digital distribution and no one seems to make the connection. Everything is locking to an account or is being locked to devices curtailing all of the activity that DRM wished to achieve. It has become the norm and with people already making it viable it won't be too long before the consumer is no more than persistent subscription cash cow.