Editor’s note: I am in no way advocating Online Passes in games. In this article, I praise 38 Studios for rewarding early adopters. I do not think the Day 1 DLC should be considered an Online Pass, a huge buzzword of late. However, having Day 1 DLC means that content was ready, but not packaged with the product. How you feel about that is up to you.
You probably already know about Kingdoms of Amalur’s Online Pass and the backlash unleashed by many in the gaming community. Well, as much as I don’t like Online Passes, Kingdoms of Amalur isn’t actually using one — not really. Ars technica wrote about the implementation of an Online Pass with this game and stated that “Charging used game players for such an ‘Online Pass’ is nothing new in the game industry, of course. But implementing an Online Pass in the single-player Kingdoms of Amalur represents a continuing tumble down a slippery slope for the entire game industry.”
A credible source has informed Kotaku of even further details about the rumored Xbox 720.
According to what is being called a “credible source”, Microsoft will be hopping on board with the Blu-Ray wave, as well as launching a new version of the Kinect along with the console release. Read the rest of this entry