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My opinion is best summed up as:

Subscribed to at least one and like it 36 36.36%
 
Subscribed to at least one and not a fan 6 6.06%
 
Thinking about subscribing 6 6.06%
 
Was a subscriber and lapsed 4 4.04%
 
Will subscribe for big games and then drop 4 4.04%
 
Zero interest at all 28 28.28%
 
None of the current subs ... 8 8.08%
 
Other 7 7.07%
 
Total:99

Personally don't care for it. Same goes for streaming tv/movie/music subscriptions.
But I also have a sizable physical collection, so I also don't need it.



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As long as they're optional I'm totally fine with them. They can be a cheap easy way to get into some new games. Although I do stress the optional part, because for the games I really like I want to pay once and own them. I am definitely not ok with losing access to games because I don't want to pay a subscription fee for the rest of my life.



Not a fan. I don't have enough time to play new (as in "games I don't own yet") games to make them worth my money, and if I really like a game, I want to own it (to support the developer/publishers and to be able to play it even without a subscription, regardless of whether I do so or not). The way I see it is that subscription services make sense when you have a lot of time to enjoy their content but not otherwise. Incidentally, for me the same goes for movie/TV subscriptions as well (to an extent).



Seemed like a great idea back on the PS3 / 360 gen. I borrowed and used a renting service back then for a large portion of the games I played.

I find PS+ serves my needs, and I get the value easily. But I'm also lucky that every year there are a few games I'm interested in playing, so that helps. Otherwise I still buy games.

I do question the viability of third party IPs going forward. Looking at GamePass, since more and more ppl are turning to just getting the games.off the service, what impact will this have on games being sold too?
MLB is on GamePass this year, but will it sell well if next year's release isn't?
Will b interesting to see.



I don't mind it, so long as it is an optional subscription. Back when EA Access was announced, people were worried that you'd have to subscribe to it in order to play EA games or get the "full" games. It didn't happen, but that's the type of stuff I would have a problem with. Luckily, no one has went down that path yet.

The main gaming sub right now is GamePass. I love it. Just like EA Access, it's gotten a lot of fear mongering and FUD. But it's an optional digital service thrown atop the standard way you consume gaming media. If you want to own the games, you can buy them digitally, and you can always buy physical. I don't get the worry that this will lead to bad games "like TV" as someone in this very thread said. TV is better than ever. There's so much phenomenal shit out there right now. Streaming services and subscription cable networks routinely dominate awards and viewership. Sure, there's more of everything now, which means there's more bad stuff, but there's also way more good stuff.



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Here is the thing that Microsoft and big tech companies don't get.  Gaming is fundamentally different from watching movies.

Before streaming services came along, how did people primarily watch movies?  They rented.  Some bought DVDs, but this was the minority.  Most of the time when people watched a movie they rented.  This is because an average movie is only 2 hours of entertainment.  Most games are far longer than 2 hours.  That is why people buy games instead of renting them.  Sure Blockbuster had a decent game rental business for a while, but it still wasn't as popular as the buy/sell/trade model.  People like to own their games, because they are a lot longer.

Streaming games will not take off like streaming movies did.  Some will like it sure, but streaming movies was massively adopted by almost everyone.  Lots of people are not going to want to stream games.  They want to own them.  All of the games you want to play for one low monthly price is not really a good deal.  A lot of the games I own take a month or more to play through.  It's like going to an all you can eat buffet and then only getting one item.  If I own a game, then I can come back to it whenever I want, even many years later.  I can also trade or sell it. 

You lose a lot by streaming, and the benefits you gain don't necessarily balance with the disadvantages.  I am sure they do for some people, but there are lots of people who really are never going to go for it.  Streaming for games is not going to become the new standard.  It is not "the future".  It's just another type of platform.  Some will like it.  Others will adamantly stick to physical media.



Zkuq said:

Not a fan. I don't have enough time to play new (as in "games I don't own yet") games to make them worth my money, and if I really like a game, I want to own it (to support the developer/publishers and to be able to play it even without a subscription, regardless of whether I do so or not). The way I see it is that subscription services make sense when you have a lot of time to enjoy their content but not otherwise. Incidentally, for me the same goes for movie/TV subscriptions as well (to an extent).

I think it's also good if you don't mind not playing your games again after some timd. I'm totally fine not playing Animal Crossing New Horizons again if it means I can get the next Animal Crossing in a subscription service next gen. Do you know why? Because I'm aware it's just a matter of time until my Switch stop working, my New Horizons is a digital version and only God knows whether Nintendo will let me play my digital games on Switch sequel 

Games is a medium that degrades please quickly imo, not because of the cartridges or the CDs, but the hardware to play it. I understand people like to own games, but that's the point of ownership when you can't play your games. It's like me buying all my Kingdom Hearts games again on PS4 because my PS2 copies have been useless for pretty much a decade now, that's why I would be 100% fine with playing them in Game Pass and then losing access if one day I decide to just drop the service 



I think they are great, so long as they never replace my ability to buy a game. For example, gamepass has already paid for itself for two years based on what I have played. You cannot argue against that kind of value.

I still buy games as well for XBox, and gamepass even helps me with that choice. I just bought Nier Replicant for example, but only because I just beat Automata on gamepass and loved it. It allows me to try a game like Outriders, and then buy it at a 20% discount (as all gamepass games are discounted) if I decide I want to keep it when it eventually gets removed. No matter how you look at it, I am playing a ton more games and spending a lot less money while still building my physical/digital libraries.

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The_Liquid_Laser said:

Here is the thing that Microsoft and big tech companies don't get.  Gaming is fundamentally different from watching movies.

Before streaming services came along, how did people primarily watch movies?  They rented.  Some bought DVDs, but this was the minority.  Most of the time when people watched a movie they rented.  This is because an average movie is only 2 hours of entertainment.  Most games are far longer than 2 hours.  That is why people buy games instead of renting them.  Sure Blockbuster had a decent game rental business for a while, but it still wasn't as popular as the buy/sell/trade model.  People like to own their games, because they are a lot longer.

Streaming games will not take off like streaming movies did.  Some will like it sure, but streaming movies was massively adopted by almost everyone.  Lots of people are not going to want to stream games.  They want to own them.  All of the games you want to play for one low monthly price is not really a good deal.  A lot of the games I own take a month or more to play through.  It's like going to an all you can eat buffet and then only getting one item.  If I own a game, then I can come back to it whenever I want, even many years later.  I can also trade or sell it. 

You lose a lot by streaming, and the benefits you gain don't necessarily balance with the disadvantages.  I am sure they do for some people, but there are lots of people who really are never going to go for it.  Streaming for games is not going to become the new standard.  It is not "the future".  It's just another type of platform.  Some will like it.  Others will adamantly stick to physical media.

People do what their habits teach them. For people over their 30 maybe streaming will never be a thing, but for kids who will start playing on streaming buying games will be pointless once they becomes grown ups and starting buying things for themselves 

Do you know how most of people used to consume music? It wasn't renting, it was buying because a song isn't something you listen one week and then get bored of it, music is something you buy today and keep listening for years 

Yet everybody adapted to streaming really fast, because streaming is readily available. As long the music is avaible people will subscribe, it's not like singers will take their library from services

For games, it will be the same. Subscriptions are fairly new and buying still common, big players and publishers don't have their stabilished services yet, but once the market consolidates (probably will take more 7-8 years) customers will start to trust some games will be avaible in the service forever and then they will naturally move away from buying until buying start being a niche habit just like buying CDs and some publishers will barely bother releasing physical media unless it's for a premium price like vinyls, then customers will need to choose between paying the premium price for their physicals or just engaging in the cheaper media for mass consumption 



Not a fan of the concept at all. However, Nintendo's subscription is only a few euros if you're joined with multiple people (€7 a year for me), so I don't really mind. I would've bought some of these NES and SNES games in the eShop anyways.