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22 May 2008
Coincidence of the day
Just as my commentary proposing artificial scarcity is published, Joe Keiser at publishes an interview in which the general manager of Xbox Live, Marc Whitten, says they will begin delisting "underperforming XBLA games".

I guess we may get some information on that scarcity issue after all...

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--Matt Matthews at 15:33
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Disney can offer videos for a limited time because they're basically blackmailing parents with what is one of the best family movie libraries. :) Seriously, their tactics tick me enough that I avoid buying them.

That Disney bias aside, I'm uncerain: on the one hand, I'd like to see a time limit for games to sell, with the under-performers losing a spot in the catalog. On the other, I'm overwhelmed with games, as I think others might feel.

Not only do I have a Wii and 360, I have a DS as well, not to mention the PC. But in addition to the normal console games, we have downloadable games. I'd worry that forced scarcity would do one of two things:

1. It'd prevent me from playing some good, though perhaps not stellar games.

2. It'd discourage developing arcade or Wiiware games because they'd only have a limited time for the game to succeed.

By Blogger guttertalk, at 24 May, 2008 21:08  

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