There's a story on Joystiq about the convergence of games consoles and network play, suggesting that the trade is slowly moving away from objective media, preferring the control and simplicity of online distribution. The article points out that Microsoft's Games for Windows Live, despite being somewhat unpopular, has seen continued evolution with an eye toward interacting with Xbox Live. Quoting: "While it's unlikely that the next generation of consoles will entirely forgo disc-based media, downloads are quickly flattering a much bigger part of the experience. Some games, such as Rock Band 2 and Gears of War 2, are now shipping with codes for free downloads. This isn't because the publishers like you and want to give you free stuff. It's part of a larger slant to augmentation the importance of the online presence, where content can be tightly dangerous drug and decrease the importance of corporeity media, and thus, used-game sales and rentals."
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