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Subscription Software and the End of Used Games

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This morning while drinking a diet coke and trying to fully wake up, I was browsing the tech section of Google News and stumbled upon an article regarding Adobe’s new Creative Cloud. To summarize, the article discussed how unhappy Adobe customers are, about moving from a buy-once license that never expires to a subscription model. This comes after last week’s Xbox One announcement and the subsequent rumors about the lack of used-game support. It seems like there are quite a few software companies that are pissing off their user-base. Why is this happening, and is it all related? The sad news for consumers is that it’s all part of a general trend that software companies have been following for years.

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GameStop Will End PlayStation Trade-ins Starting June 1st

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A spokesperson for GameStop has confirmed that as of June 1st of this year that GameStop will no longer be accepting trade-ins for PS2 consoles, accessories, and games. They will still be selling their current collection of PS2 hardware and content in their store and on their websites for as long as stock from previous trade-ins remain. This is clearly a move aimed at making room for the trade-ins that will come from PS3 users as we get closer and closer to the release of the highly anticipated Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4).

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2012 – Our Favorite Moments (Let’s Play Recap)

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Join us as we relive the last year of let’s plays on TheSaDGames. Headphone users be warned: There are lots of volume spikes due to scary games and laughter.

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The Cake is a Lie: No 3D Support for God of War III in Saga Collection

Fans of the God of War series were given a delightful gift on Tuesday in the form of a remastered collection of all of the God of War games, however they are quickly discovering that it is not quite as shiny and new as was once promised. On websites and on the packaging  for the God of War Saga, it clearly states “Remastered for HD, DUALSHOCK control, Full PlayStation Network Trophy Support, and 3D (3D supported only in God of War III and God of War: Origins Collection.) yet when attempting to play God of War III in stereoscopic 3D, no such setting can be found.

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UbiSoft Releases Assassin’s Creed 3 Trailer

UbiSoft finally pulled the curtains off, showcasing the latest installment of the renowned trilogy – Assassin’s Creed. The previews come just as it has been announced that Michael Fassbender will be playing the lead in the big-screen adaptation of the game. Critics have appreciated the award winning open world stealth, and its first two sequels are ranked 9 out of 10 on GameSpot. UbiSoft sold approximately 5 million copies of the first sequel and 9 million of the second. For Assassins Creed 3 the company has gone through a lot of hard work. They began working on the game right after the second part was released and gamers hope that the latest version will again blow all other action and strategy games out of the water. Creative designer, Alexander Hutchinson said regarding this, “It’s been very hard to get right, and I hope people see the hard work that went into it, but it’s also been very rewarding.”

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