if you’re an xbox live player, it sucks to be you. not only have you chosen an inferior gaming system and allowed yourself to be hoodwinked by various marketing fluffy talk, but now there’s even more indignities you must suffer.
in an interesting twist, we are hearing that microsoft, despite have cleared almost FIFTEEN BILLION DOLLARS in profit last year alone, is now forcing gamers to pay more for a service they already pay for. sure, it’s only $10 bucks at the most, but it’s the point: what are we being offered? this cannot honestly be covering the video services they offer.
this new pricing affects all of north america to varying degrees, plus england and takes hold in november. i have heard this shocking truth repeated on a number of sites, but incgamers.com does a fine job of covering it. here’s the breakdown:
One month subscription: $9.99 USD (up $2.00 USD)
Three month subscription: $24.99 USD (up $5.00 USD)
Twelve month subscription: $59.99 USD (up $10.00 USD)
One month subscription: £5.99 GBP (up £1.00 GBP)
All other UK subscription plans remain the same.
One month subscription: $9.99 CAD (up $1.00 CAD)
All other Canadian subscription plans remain the same.
Twelve month subscription: 599 Pesos (up 100 Pesos)
All other Mexican subscription plans remain the same.
all i can think of is what the fuck? why not just ask people to bend over and then do unprintable things to their posterior? at least then we could give them points for honesty!
fuck these harsh economic times. fuck people being out of work. fuck homelessness, fuck starving children and fuck hard times in north america. fuck people making a choice between dinner or a roof. on an international level, all the starving children we see on tv? yeah, fuck them too. gamers aren’t people, they’re walking bank machines. let’s just keep squeezing them.
i think as consumers, we don’t ask this question nearly enough: since you have increased the price, what is the value to me? when game prices rose up, we paid. sure, we may have grumbled online, but no one outright refused to buy a game. by doing these gradual increases, nothing is too drastic to inspire action. this apathy paves the way for corporations to have their ways with us, or more precisely, our wallets.
over the years, the costs of video games have gotten out of control. do i care i pay more for a ps3 game than a ps2 game? of course not. the quality is much better. better technology has to be funded by someone, and it makes good business sense for some of that bill to be footed by consumers. i take exception though in cases like this: the unabashed robbery of the average person.