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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday March 11 2014, @03:16AM   Printer-friendly
from the Azure-waves-of-pain dept.

skullz writes:

"From engadget: A closer look at Titanfall's not-so-secret weapon: Microsoft's cloud

While you were busy running along walls and throwing missiles back at your opponents during the Titanfall beta, countless data centers across the world were making sure that each AI-controlled Titan bodyguard had your back. Much of the frenetic action in Respawn Entertainment's debut game rests on one thing: Microsoft's Azure cloud infrastructure.

Up until last November, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's baby was mostly used for business applications, like virtualization and acting as an enterprise-level email host. With the Xbox One, though, the company opened up its global server farms to game developers, giving them access to more computing power than could reasonably be stuffed into a $500 game console. Since the Xbox One's debut, Microsoft has been crowing about how Azure would let designers create gaming experiences players have never seen before. Now it's time for the product to speak for itself."

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by RedBear on Tuesday March 11 2014, @08:46AM

    by RedBear (1734) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @08:46AM (#14538)

    Whatever happened to privately operated dedicated servers? Don't big corporate gaming corporations allow players to run their own servers anymore? Why do corporations hate freedom?

    Rental. Income.

    Your "freedom" does nothing to line my pockets with a continuous influx of money.

    Playing Devil's Advocate: Pretty sure you still have the freedom to jump on Kickstarter and ask for millions of dollars to create your own blockbuster game that will run on private servers.

    Not sure why the word "freedom" even comes up in these contexts. Is someone forcing you to buy this commercial product? Is one of your natural or Constitutionally protected rights being violated by the way this commercial product operates? If you don't agree with the way the product functions, uh, maybe... don't buy it? Maybe go play one of those other games that still runs on private servers? Hmm?

    [Why do I suddenly feel as if my weirdly football-shaped head is slowly turning sideways as my voice slowly increases in pitch?]

    ¯\_ʕ◔.◔ʔ_/¯ LOL. I dunno. I'm just a bear.
    ... Peace out. Got bear stuff to do. 彡ʕ⌐■.■ʔ
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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by geb on Tuesday March 11 2014, @10:16AM

    by geb (529) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @10:16AM (#14563)

    Freedom is not just about having a complete set of rights, whether "complete" is defined constitutionally, naturally, or whatever.

    Freedom is a measure of how many options are available to you.

    Freedom can therefore be increased by technology, which opens up more options, and it can be denied to you by crippled technology, which limits how you use it.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by dilbert on Tuesday March 11 2014, @01:48PM

    by dilbert (444) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @01:48PM (#14633)

    Users who complain about a lack of freedom while still purchasing subscription or DRM'd games makes as much sense as someone complaining that GM makes crappy cars as they drive a brand new GM off the lot.

    I'm not saying you need to be the next RMS, but if you're actively paying someone each month for a captive user experience, what exactly is their motivation to change?

    Vote with your actions/money/feet!