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By Tim Colwill on April 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm
Gears of War creator and Epic Games alumni Cliff Bleszinski has come out in support of always-online gaming software and hardware. In a new blog post, Bleszinski addresses the controversy around (former) Microsoft employee Adam Orth, who very famously told the internet to “deal with it” over their problems with always-online DRM.
“My gut is telling me that an always online future is probably coming. It’s coming fast, and possibly to the majority of the devices you enjoy,” said Bleszinski. “Remember when Microsoft made the decision to only allow broadband on Xbox Live? It was a bold move back then; broadband penetration wasn’t anywhere near what it is now. And yet the march of progress continued.”
“Sooner or later our government, or Google, or any number of providers are going to get their shit together and we’ll have universally fast internet for the majority of the first world.”
Bleszinski claimed that “there’s a whole new generation of kids who are growing up always online who won’t really give a shit. And all that anger, all of that vitrol, all of that lynch mobbing that the internet seems to love to do lately will be for naught and forgotten.”
“My wife and I were discussing these issues this afternoon and she mentioned the example of ‘Hey what if I’m a gamer who wants to go to a cabin in the woods for a week and I don’t have online access there?’ My response was ‘Unplugging entirely sometimes isn’t always a bad thing’. And that’s the edge case… the week-long vacation to the cabin is only 30 hours of not playing a game or a device that’s built for much more.”
“Technology doesn’t advance by worrying about the edge case.”
Source: Clifford Unchained