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22 May 2008
Coincidence of the day
Just as my commentary proposing artificial scarcity is published, Joe Keiser at Next-Gen.biz 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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