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  • RedSwirl 5:35 pm on July 24, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: HBO, XBL   

    @cptcarnage Oh man. I just looked it up again and realized that HBO Go is US only. That sucks. Well then lemme explain for you, @bluesforbuddha @angryjedi @unmanneddrone @rampantbicycle etc.

    Basically, if you’re a US subscriber to HBO through any cable or satellite service, you can download an app called HBO Go that let’s you stream any HBO programming at any time. That’s all movies currently showing on HBO, any episode of any series that HBO ever aired, all sports, documentaries, comedy, etc. Currently it’s offered on devices like the Roku, iOS, and Xbox. I don’t have to catch The Newsroom every Sunday evening. I just wake up Monday morning and turn on the Xbox. People are currently wondering why the fuck you can’t just subscribe to the app by itself.

    Why the hell did “HBO J-Drama” show up on the tag list?

  • RedSwirl 9:40 pm on July 23, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    @cptcarnage The Xbox app might be US only I’m not sure. I checked on Wiki once and saw that HBO Go itself though is available in a bunch of countries, might be the Windows app only though.

  • cptcarnage 7:32 pm on July 23, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    HBO Go? Whats that… I’m assuming its US only.

  • RedSwirl 7:22 pm on July 23, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    When it comes to XBL I play Gears 3 horde. Period. Oh crap you still need it for HBO Go and YouTube right? Sony better get on that.

    This is why you just need to hook up a computer to your TV.

  • cptcarnage 5:45 pm on July 23, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    This article put the nail in the coffin on me canceling the renewal on my XBL Gold account.


    I just don’t play enough multiplayer to justify it as an expense. For Netflix, I’ve got my PS3. It’s been fun but seriously, the mint they are making off of it kindof sickens me.

  • RocGaude 3:44 pm on June 16, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Summer of Arcade 2011, XBL   

    @feenwager I’ve stocked up on MS space bucks for those specific ones. If I had a Kinect, I’d be all over the Fruit Ninja one, too. While I appreciate the Rambo homage in the new Toy Soldiers, the game play of the first one didn’t grab me.

  • RocGaude 7:57 pm on September 27, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    @beige I’ll have a talk with him about it. Game invite etiquette is something that you don’t think about as an adult because, hell, we never had something as bitchin’ as XBL during our formative years. Every damn one of his 11 year old friends shoots him a party invite THE EXACT SECOND he pops up. It’s friggin’ annoying.

  • bigdaddygamebot 6:39 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    This is interesting…


    The price hike had me irritated.

    Now I’m pissed.

    Looks like I’ll be letting my XBL gold membership die this year after all.

  • Pete Davison 7:22 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    @cptcarnage: Nothing, so far as I can see. LoveFiLM are possibly bringing a Netflix-like service to the 360 at some point, but that hasn’t been officially confirmed. Besides that? Fuck all.

    Also… new SquadCast. That doesn’t come included with a Gold subscription. But still.

  • cptcarnage 7:11 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    As beige said, Canadians are kinda forgotten about when it comes to the new features.

    Out of curiosity @angryjedi what’s your benefit from the so called improvements?

  • zegolf 10:17 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    Still on the fence with this XBL price hike, and here’s why…

    Microsoft is claiming that they’re increasing the price of Live because of added features and “toys”. Those toys?

    • Better Netflix integration – Minimum $8.99 outside XBL fee
    • ESPN3 Integration – Requires subscription from cable company (Probably a minimum of $50 to get that bad boy)
    • Hulu Plus integration – $10 a month outside XBL fee
    • Video Kinect with Friends and Family – Minimum $150 Kinect purchase outside XBL fee

    The free stuff?

    • “Early” access to game demos
    • Facebook and Twitter (already free)
    • “Exclusive Discounts” on….what?
    • Play games online with friends (this really should be standard at this point in time, and free)

    That being said, I’m still going to pay to access XBL Gold, and I still stick by my theory that Amazon and buy.com and walmart.com are still going to put the 12-month cards on sale at the holidays, and I’m still going to stock up on them to avoid paying the extra price. Everyone who said “it’s a business” is right. Microsoft has never made any bones about making money. $5 a month is still a pretty darn good deal, considering how much we do actually get for that service. Yes, it IS plastered with ads, but as others have said, so is Hulu and Youtube and Cable Television, and Pornhub.

    @cgrajko ESPN3 usually streams big event-type games. I’m pretty sure ESPN3 was streaming The Masters, and usually tends to stream College Football for folks (like me) whose team gets blacked out where they live. They also have really obscure shit, like table tennis and badminton. Also, why is Badminton spelled with two n’s?

  • impynickers 4:51 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    I have always believed that the value imparted by the gold membership was worth it for me, and that doesn’t change with the price hike. The motives behind the price hike may be suspect, but there is a good quality service there. Even as a silver member, it is staggering what XBL offers. Its a veritable cornucopia of gaming delights I could not have imagined last generation. The standards have been raised, sure, with PSN offering a lot of competitive value, but I still feel like my money is actually paying for something with XBL. I like to think that silver members have what they do because of people who pay for gold. The rich feeding the poor. I just don’t feel that hard done by. You can call me a communist, but that is how I feel.

  • Pete Davison 1:29 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , XBL   

    Judging from the obscene amount of RTs I got on Twitter earlier, I’d like to think that I broke the XBL price hike story. Of course, it was actually Major Nelson, but Major Nelson is a massive tool, as well we know.

    I think it’s BS, although in some territories (like the UK) we’re not getting an annual rate hike… and I should think so too, given that we don’t get a whole bunch of the things that US subscribers do.

    People shouldn’t be paying for the lame-ass Twitter and Facebook apps on XBL… and Last.FM, which is actually awesome is a free service when used via a web browser.

    I could get behind a fee increase if they started offering PSN+ style bonuses and freebies. But the crap that gets shoved on Deal of the Week isn’t going to cut it.

  • feenwager 12:51 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    @redswirl @bigdaddygamebot

    Totally agree with both of your points. I feel like the service I pay for is not quite the same as what I signed up for either. It’s starting to feel very bloated and weighed down with features I could care less about.

    The idea of a 3rd, gaming-focused, tier makes a lot of sense to me. I wonder how Microsoft would go about marketing that. I’ll bet they just assume it would cause confusion, splinter their base, and make it harder for them to attract the ESPN’s of the world.

  • RedSwirl 12:41 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    @feenwager Yeah I get Microsoft transferring server costs to the customers instead of to the developers, but shit needs to feel equalized.

    Even after trying out Gold I am still inclined to buy all my multiplayer games on PC or PS3 first because I know that I’ll (probably) never be restricted from playing them online by a paywall.

    Some people say it’s because of all the new social features – features I don’t even use. Right now I basically paid $60 for two years of live so I could play Halo Reach and Gears of War 3 when they come out. Huh. Kinda like the reason people buy Nintendo systems…

    I could maybe see Microsoft rolling out some kind of third in-between tier that just gets you online gaming – if they add in dedicated servers or something.

  • bigdaddygamebot 12:41 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    Nah…I definitely do not belong in that group. I am fine with paying for services. Microsoft IS a company and they’re in the business “to do business”. For me, the service has not really evolved in a direction that has increased it’s functionality for me (and for most of the users IMO), so I’m having difficulty swallowing a price hike.

    I think it might also be that living in Canada, I regularly get fucked by my ISP (Rogers) as they constantly raise their prices simply because they can as it’s a captive market. I’m tired of the business model swinging the other way.

  • feenwager 12:13 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    At the risk of playing Devil’s Advocate, prices go up. That’s what they do. Sure, the timing may not be great, and it may seem disingenuous to pretend it’s to include these “great” new features, but let’s not kid ourselves here. Microsoft is a for-profit company.

    Don’t fall into the ‘everything should be free’ Internet disease.

  • bigdaddygamebot 12:12 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    @redswirl :/ I never even thought about games being released playing a contributing role in a decision like this. Dirty.

  • bigdaddygamebot 11:42 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    I’d love to see what the reason is behind it other than “mo money”. Are they trying to offset a loss on each Kinect sold? Are they still losing money on the 360? Do they REALLY believe that what they offer is SO unique that they can actually risk alienating some people by hiking up the price? I certainly find it curious.

  • feenwager 10:26 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    I gotta say, knocking $10 off a year of XBL for current subscribers is not a bad olive branch to extend.


  • bigdaddygamebot 6:13 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    @zegolf Awesome. :/ It’s like they’re trying to drive away users. It’s not like the PSN pay-associated alternative is wildly compelling either. If someone uses their 360 as the primary interface for using Facebook, they deserve a punch between the legs. Last FM in Canada; wut? Twitter; seriously? Kinect? Fuck Kinect.

    It seems like a service I use a number of times a week is getting a hike based purely on all the peripheral shit that doesn’t matter to me. I’m on XBL gold to play games. It’s a gaming service. It was established as such. Give me and other users the chance to opt out of all the bullshittery that they’ve included and keep the price static and methinks they would be surprised just how much people value the additional functionality that they’re offering.

    I’ll need to yell at some soccer moms today for fucking up my hobby.

  • RocGaude 6:00 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    @zegolf Ha! That’s pretty funny.

  • zegolf 5:58 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: XBL   

    I guess, never actually having paid full price for a 12-month subscription, I don’t really see how this will affect anything one way or another. The extra features are going to be there, but it’s going to fall into the whole “They’re feature that no one will want” school of thought. Twitter, Facebook, Last.fm. We’ve already got those. Kinect overhaul? Even I am re-thinking my kinect purchase. ESPN3? Only in select markets, and I don’t really want to watch a spelling bee that badly. But you know what? I don’t really mind the price hike. It’s now $5 a month, if you pay full price. If anything, it’s raising the price to where the non-US folks have been getting screwed at for the last 7 years.

    Maybe they’ll shock us all and say “$10 a year more gets you 5 free XBLA Games!”

  • RocGaude 5:53 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , XBL   

    @zegolf Consider yourself a certified asshole. 😉

    While I’m not pissed about the price hike, there will need to be a serious overhaul to the UI in order for me to stay that way. For example, you’d think that I’d get less ads if I’m paying for the service. Of course, cable networks don’t abide by that philosophy so it shouldn’t surprise me that Microsoft’s adopting it, as well.

    PSN is looking better and better.

  • zegolf 5:30 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , XBL   

    This causes a great stirring, deep within my loins – http://destructoid.com/elephant/photo-m.phtml?post_key=182744&photo_key=156192

    Looks like some really great support is coming the way of MNC. I’m looking forward to our next round!

    So…do I have to be the asshole to bring up the XBox Live Subscription Hike, or is that not squad-worthy?

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