Game Packaging

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Rob Daviau
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My understanding
Carmine wrote:

What are Vendor and Device lock ins?

Being locked into a specific vendor or service, or only being able to use purchased content on a specific device.

Basically, you don't have freedom to use the content you purchased the way you
want or how you might want your restricted to use only on the device you purchased it on,
that device breaks TOO BAD. If your game or download is only playable by checking
an internet connection and being authenticated by a certain companies servers
what happens when that company decides to close those servers? Things like this are
becoming more and more common, companies want to sell you over priced product,
demand it only be used on their specific device and if their support fails or is removed
your screwed.

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Carmine
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What are Vendor and Device

What are Vendor and Device lock ins?

Chip Hageman
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That is irony.. ;) But at

That is irony.. ;) But at the rate Amazon is making previous readers obsolete I guess it wouldn't be too much of a loss.

In general.. for as angry as digital-only distribution (and DRM) make me, it doesn't seem to be a concern for most people 25 and younger.. which angers me even more. Now it's becoming acceptable to do vendor lock in... or even worse, device instanced lock in's.

People keep spending their money.. and they never actually _own_ anything.

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Carmine
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The move to digital only is

The move to digital only is really upsetting to me. I'm against centralization in general but I really like having physical copies of things like books or games. I can't imagine the irony of downloading Fahrenheit 451 to your kindle.

Chip Hageman
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ironmaidenrule wrote:

Recently I ordered a copy of Super Mario All Stars 25th Anniversary Edition for the Wii, and was shocked when the game turned up in a poorly construction cardboard packaging, for something that is clearly made for the fans, how could Nintendo package it so poorly?

The sad thing is.. in about ten years there won't be packaging at all.. just direct downloads to consoles that will be lost when the console breaks or the manufacturer decides to discontinue the service.

No more cool looking boxes to line our shelves.

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Bill Loguidice
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We all certainly agree here,

We all certainly agree here, though this has been happening for quite some time now. In fact, in the first issue of Armchair Arcade way back in January 2004, I discussed the idea at length: http://www.armchairarcade.com/aamain/content.php?article.20

By the way, I'm waiting for my Super Mario All Stars 25th Anniversary to arrive too. I can forgive the lack of deluxe packaging for that because of the $29.99 retail price. It's not the typical collector's edition in that regard.

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