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What do you think of Game Pass?

Posted 2 Weeks ago by I killed Mufasa

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@Riven - Can you embed that? I am on mobile and forget how.

2 Weeks ago
I killed Mufasa
 

It's definitely a very good value if you find yourself wanting to play a large amount of games, but don't have the cash to dole out to buy a game outright.

I know that games can come and go off the Gamepass so that's one downside. I am also not impressed that it's just another subscription service (despite the price being pretty decent imo) as Microsoft Loves trying to get re-occurring revenue by doing subscriptions (though this is not just Microsoft). See Microsoft Office and such.

It doesn't really appeal to me as I am the biggest fan of subscription services, and I don't blow through many games a year (hell I barely have time to play the ones I have currently and bought recently).

2 Weeks ago
Forte Lambardi
 

I think it would be amazing if they bundled office and game pass together in their own Amazon Prime type format.

2 Weeks ago
IKM~~
 

Yeah, I don't necessarily have strong feelings one way or the other. I can see plenty of upsides. I can also see how it wouldn't really be particularly valuable for me. But as I get older and everything requires subscriptions to access, I'm definitely feeling more inclined to prefer hard copies that I own and can play whenever without having to continuously pay for it. (I also admit to wishing there were more rental stores these days.)

2 Weeks ago
Jet Presto
 

Jet, I feel you on that. I recently went ham on my physical switch and 3ds collections.

But I gotta tell you, when a game like Pokemon XD (that sells for $200 CAD right now) only reads in the gamecube half the time, it's heartbreaking. Even my GTAV for xbox 360 won't read properly and that's only a 7-8 year old disk that was babied.

I learned something when I sold my grandparent's record collection. Hard copies of media deteriorate, and get smelly, and even if you think they're going to appreciate in value you're taking a gamble. Who is gonna want to buy my copy of pokemon XD if I'm honest and tell them it only works half the time (and might have problems in the mid to late game that I don't know about).

2 Weeks ago
IKM~~
 

Game pass is a win, especially for new Xbox releases.

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2 Weeks ago
NOT Weird Occurance
 

@Riven - Why did my post in general get automatically tagged?

2 Weeks ago
I killed Mufasa
 

I learned something when I sold my grandparent's record collection. Hard copies of media deteriorate, and get smelly, and even if you think they're going to appreciate in value you're taking a gamble. Who is gonna want to buy my copy of pokemon XD if I'm honest and tell them it only works half the time (and might have problems in the mid to late game that I don't know about).



To be clear, I'm not trying to make an "either/or" argument. I think there's a lot of positive benefits to streaming and "cloud storage" for media. And I think it's incredibly important to maintain physical hard copies of it as well. But the thing about hard copies is, if they continue to make them to some degree, you can replace a deteriorating copy with a new copy. As more and more things become digital, and more importantly, subscription-based, you ultimately are paying for access to media, not for media itself. Which puts, frankly, a bit too much power and say in the hands of the corporations. But also means you always have to pay for access for a game you might otherwise have just purchased if a hard copy were available.

This, of course, works out to some pretty inconsistent math throughout the years, right? Like it's a pretty sweet bargain to pay a monthly subscription fee and be able to play any of hundreds of games! On the flip side, it means if you really liked a game and know you'll want to play it again at some other time, you have to either keep paying monthly fees for the chance to revisit it, or pay again if you cancel and then decide you want to play it again.

Again, I don't mean to suggest it's "either/or." But I do worry about how much media is being increasingly put behind subscriptions with no opportunity for a hard copy. It's not too too bad at the moment, but it does feel to me like it's moving in the wrong direction on that front, because I think streaming is super convenient and is great financially and for expanded access to many things. But it also is terrible for archival purposes and for folks who can't just afford 20 different subscription services a month.

2 Weeks ago
Jet Presto
 

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