Curmudgeon Gamer
Curmudgeoning all games equally.
06 December 2007
Bowling issues in a brave new world of gaming
I like the new PSN game, High Velocity Bowling. Intuitive and fun, with the best SIXAXIS control scheme I've yet seen. Not bad for $10, especially if I can get the wife or maybe even my son to play along.

On the other hand, it is rather...sinister.

Three things jump right out at me:
  1. As soon as you start the game it has a little note saying that you must have an HDMI cable and an HDTV with an HDCP compatible HDMI port to run the game in 1080p. Basically, you have to have an encrypted connection from the PS3 to the TV. Baffling. What am I going to do...steal high resolution video of myself tossing one in the gutter? Bizarre.

  2. The menu options right off the bat include various modes of play and...buy new characters. In-your-face microtransactions! None are available now, but if this works like the PSN game PAIN released last week, there will be little dudes you can add to the game for $0.99 very soon...

  3. Then at the bottom of the menu screen you can see that tapping the triangle button does something special. It displays the End User License Agreement, or EULA. Because, really, you never know when you might want to check the possibly-binding legal document you virtually signed when you booted the game the first time.

Creepy.

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--Matt Matthews at 22:44
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Eventually, I’m sure some game will have you electronically sign over ownership of your console back to the company. You buy the system, then you check a box when setting it up, and suddenly you own nothing unless you live in Alaska, Rhode Island or Wyoming where such after the fact agreement are illegal.

By Blogger MonkeyKing1969, at 07 December, 2007 15:05  

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