Why everyone wants to be the Netflix of games

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  • Savon Vanderbloemen
    Savon Vanderbloemen  4 weeks back

    "capitalism encourages innovation"

    • Ava Kamradt
      Ava Kamradt  4 weeks back

      I feel a sudden urge to shoot a billionaire

      • Saoirse Riley
        Saoirse Riley  1 months back

        This would be great in a socialist society, where the bottom dollar doesn't matter tbh
        And the subscription fees would likely be static and cheap.

        • Danny BRITZMAN
          Danny BRITZMAN  2 months back

          :/ I HATE subscription services. I always feel like I'm getting ripped off even if I'm provably saving money

          • William Combs
            William Combs  2 months back

            the ad that played before this video was uplay from ubisoft

            • aviendhar idek
              aviendhar idek  2 months back

              I think video games and movie or any subscription industry will figure out soon that over saturated audiences like this get more people to pirate things. When Netflix came out a Ton of people stopped pirating movies but now with all of those subscriptions most people opt not to subscribe to all and instead just pirate things. It's going to be the same with video games

              • Fenix Verdence
                Fenix Verdence  2 months back

                i hate this; thank you.

                • Anthony Montoya
                  Anthony Montoya  2 months back

                  Alright don't get me wrong I like getting my games digitally, hence PC gaming, but if I have a console like say...The nintendo switch or a PS4, more often than not, I like having the physical media. It's something tangible. Something I can touch, I can feel, something I can say, "alright, I can justify spending sixty dollars (depending on the game) on this." Because not only is it a game, it's a display piece. Something you can put up on your shelf, something you can look at and show off. It's the game case's artwork, the little user manual inside...Hell, some games like GTA V and Borderlands 1 came with a Map included for you to look at or even hang on your wall. It's the little things. Sure I can buy it on the online store but it's not the same as owning a physical copy and calling it your own.
                  I really hope physical games don't become obsolete because it would be a shame to lose all your beloved games all because you cant pay your subscription or lose your account. I'm already sorta regretting buying Mario Odyssey digitally...

                  • AJ Culum
                    AJ Culum  2 months back

                    A big issue with these services that I haven't seen addressed is that it won't break the need for an entire TV or CD player like Netflix and Spotify did. The controller will still be necessary and likely not always on you like a phone is. So if these services don't increase the ease of when and where you play that will not be a draw and consumers will not have that other factor to consider

                    • Tim Bomb
                      Tim Bomb  2 months back

                      I don't think the exsistance of game subscription systems will be an issue, if a game compant stopped releasing games to be baught regularly they would miss out on a bunch of money from the people who prefer to buy games then pay for a service.

                      • Chelsea Smith
                        Chelsea Smith  2 months back

                        every video featuring clayton adds a year to my lifespan and a smile to my face

                        • KuraiMuin
                          KuraiMuin  2 months back

                          This is so violently anti-consumer it fucks me up. This is just a ploy so you don't "own" games anymore, you just pay for the rights to play them. They can play you like a fiddle. Rights to mod and play the game however and whenever you want are going to be a thing of the past (always DRM, everything is going to be a dlc or microtransaction, etc), and of course having games for cultural and archival reasons isn't going to be a thing either.

                          • jus god's self-insert oc
                            jus god's self-insert oc  2 months back

                            Id be interested in seeing someone who knows what theyre talking about make a video about the the parallels between now with how microtransactions/dlcs are affecting the industry And the build up to the video game crash of the 80s. Cuz i feel like its gonna happen again but i am not as knowledgeable on the intricacies of this all.

                            • PHXNTXM
                              PHXNTXM  3 months back

                              It’s going to be an icy day in hell once we hear Sony and Microsoft start reporting game streaming revenue in place of console sales entirely, and quantify them by saying that gamers are simply *”playing more games”.*

                              Yeah, Opposite Day is about to become an everyday thing.

                              • CptnCatastrophic
                                CptnCatastrophic  3 months back

                                I don't like this, I like buying something once and knowing I can play it at my own pace, if I get busy I don't need to stress about canceling my stuff for 2 months then continuing. I also like to only buy physical copies of games. I don't trust accounts enough to not get locked out or etc. Plus I can resell them.

                                • Dreamyblue Pie/cupcake
                                  Dreamyblue Pie/cupcake  3 months back

                                  This is so good

                                  • Matthew Keen
                                    Matthew Keen  3 months back

                                    nice.

                                    • DeadKatana
                                      DeadKatana  3 months back

                                      Game subscription is fucking dumb I WANT TO OWN MY GAME

                                      • Mr Man
                                        Mr Man  3 months back

                                        Will steam evolve to this?

                                        • Charles Yeo
                                          Charles Yeo  3 months back

                                          If they only have to sell the tentpole games, the rest is "value added". What's stopping them from filling the rest of the library with cheap shovelware f2p games. Sounds like a terrible path to take

                                          • HelloJinxie
                                            HelloJinxie  3 months back

                                            What determines pay though? Like, is it everytime someone watches/plays the product? Is it based on the minutes watched/played?

                                            • Carson lenox
                                              Carson lenox  3 months back

                                              Money.

                                              • Relicrider62
                                                Relicrider62  3 months back

                                                Discord as well!

                                                • Lindsey Snoddy
                                                  Lindsey Snoddy  3 months back

                                                  The fact that Apple and Verizon are trying to shove their hands in this pot makes me never want anything to do with it.

                                                  • Ian Caskie
                                                    Ian Caskie  3 months back

                                                    This fills me with unexplainable dread.

                                                    • John Gottschalk
                                                      John Gottschalk  3 months back

                                                      You know cabel is a subscription model right?

                                                      • AzizidarkReborn
                                                        AzizidarkReborn  3 months back

                                                        When video games stop being something I can own, I will stop buying them. I've seen the disasters that come with things like PSN and the Rockband Network where you can lose access to things you've bought over time. It's the worst feeling in the world when you pay a lot money for something you don't get to keep. It's especially shitty when you tack on a subscription fee for no reason like Nintendo did with the Switch which adds nothing of value and makes you pay for something you need that you never had to pay for before. We're treading on dangerous ground now.

                                                        • NKVD Citizen101
                                                          NKVD Citizen101  3 months back

                                                          Polygon, AAA puppets.

                                                          • Torin Fu
                                                            Torin Fu  3 months back

                                                            get non internet dependant games while you still can...

                                                            • Nathanael Paxevanos
                                                              Nathanael Paxevanos  3 months back

                                                              I cannot take you guys seriously or respect you anymore, not since you defended loot boxes and other predatory practices. Shame on you all for supporting that kind of thing, shame.

                                                              • Nicholas Luck
                                                                Nicholas Luck  3 months back

                                                                Gamefly was the Netflix of games, then they changed what Netflix meant. It still baffles me Gamefly never became super popular.

                                                                • Dwight
                                                                  Dwight  3 months back

                                                                  Why everyone (read: Greedy Corporations) wants to be the Netflix of games

                                                                  Short answer is it gives publishers complete control over the licensing and monetization of games. Subscription models are just a way to extract more money for less cost and to create dependent customers.

                                                                  I never buy games new. In fact, most games are at least 75% off before I buy them. I've gotten game bundles where the average game price is as low as $0.10. I have over 600 Steam games and would rather stop purchasing new content altogether than get a subscription. Something I don't think people talk about is that gaming on a smartphone, even with a gamepad, isn't ideal. It's very hard to get the screen to a comfortable viewing angle and distance in my opinion.

                                                                  Sure, I've spent about $6,000 on Steam games in the past 8 years, however, Steam is very good about their policies and licensing with customers. Streaming services are just money down the drain; I'm the same way with film and music. I would rather save my money for a month and purchase a nice blu-ray dvd set that I will cherish for a long time. If we have enough time to sit around a play or watch things for dozens of hours a month, that's a problem! It sometimes takes me years to beat a long roleplaying game; the returns would be terrible if I were paying for a subscription.

                                                                  • SwallowFox
                                                                    SwallowFox  3 months back

                                                                    What if I dont want to use a subscription service for my games.....

                                                                    • bird bride
                                                                      bird bride  3 months back

                                                                      :(

                                                                      • gj yabac
                                                                        gj yabac  3 months back

                                                                        Clayton has the kind of voice that I'd trust with my finances

                                                                        • Michael Huber
                                                                          Michael Huber  3 months back

                                                                          Great introduction! I would like to see part 2 with more in-depth information & facts and interviews with all 3 parties mentioned.

                                                                          • Russell Johnson
                                                                            Russell Johnson  3 months back

                                                                            "Just like Netflix changed what we watch..."


                                                                            Aren't the two most-watched things on Netflix Friends and The Office?

                                                                            • cityuser
                                                                              cityuser  3 months back

                                                                              Here's a hot take
                                                                              Netflix > DVDs
                                                                              Game Subscriptions > Game Ownership

                                                                              • Eckendenker
                                                                                Eckendenker  3 months back

                                                                                this will end just like streaming: If you wanna play (watch) all the best titles (shows) you gotta sign up for half a dozen services. Paying way more than you would usually do. Same thing happens with football in Europe btw. If you want to watch all the games of a league or tournament you either watch illegal streams or sign up for multiple services and their stupid exclusive matches.

                                                                                • Zynthio
                                                                                  Zynthio  3 months back

                                                                                  Honestly as one who plays a ton of games, I see a lot of benefit in the subscription based game service. I can see how it can be nice to pay $15 a month to play any game i want on said service and try anything out that I want to, so that if a game isn't for me I can move on to the next game without having lost money. BUT, should always be a system in place for when I decide "Hey i love this game a lot, so I think I'll buy it". Kind of like back in the Blockbuster and Family Video days where you could just buy the copy of whatever game/movie you were renting instead of continuing to pay for the rental fee every week. Then in the case where I decide that I don't want to continue paying for my Subscription for whatever reason, I still have those couple of games that I loved afterwards.

                                                                                  This is me being optimistic for the future. I get the reasons for the hatred of the Sub model, but it's healthy to look for the bright side my friends

                                                                                  • Lily de Jong
                                                                                    Lily de Jong  3 months back

                                                                                    Im dutch and. I still can't get over how americans pronounce dutch names. JOOST???? joest????? WHAT

                                                                                  • Kyle Williams
                                                                                    Kyle Williams  3 months back

                                                                                    4:55 Have to disagree with you there. walking dead/half life were ridiculously successful, it was the game companies making it that were the problem

                                                                                    • Ethan Rhine
                                                                                      Ethan Rhine  3 months back

                                                                                      Another thing about subscriptions is, once you find a game you love. You don’t want to lose it, so you keep subscribing. That sense of “I could lose this game” will make you want to play it even more in a short time. Some games I’d rather pay $60 for and not have to worry about losing it because I don’t want to be subscribed to game pass or something

                                                                                      • Marlon Rodriguez
                                                                                        Marlon Rodriguez  3 months back

                                                                                        i really do hope these subscription programs flop for all the right reasons

                                                                                        • TrapLord Beerus
                                                                                          TrapLord Beerus  3 months back

                                                                                          Your gonna see episodic releases in single player and just over time add ons in multiplayer like we see now in multiplayer just to keep players coming back or not ending there subscription at all. Right now Microsoft looks to be the most user friendly and looking to be the cheapest I know their lacking exclusive content now but with them recently gobbling up more and more studios pretty sure it's gonna be ahead in streaming.

                                                                                          • Naomi M.
                                                                                            Naomi M.  3 months back

                                                                                            fuck capitalism :( i just want to play a good game every now and then

                                                                                            • Whita Cat
                                                                                              Whita Cat  3 months back

                                                                                              there will be a day in future where i can't simply enjoy a game and just playing it ;(

                                                                                              • Murathan Gecgin
                                                                                                Murathan Gecgin  3 months back

                                                                                                I clicked because I hoped we'd see Brian..