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Jake: Like I said yesterday, Microsoft pushing Valve to charge Xbox 360 users for the upcoming Crash Course DLC for Left 4 Dead certainly makes sense from a business perspective (Valve is using Microsoft's console and service to deliver its game to players, therefore Microsoft is entitled to insisting on whatever terms it feels like). However, I have a feeling there are a number of gamers out there who will see DLC is free here but it costs money over here, and simply say, Microsoft is a bunch of evil, greedy monsters!
While I have no intention of jumping to Microsoft's defense here, I think that gamers need to take into consideration the numerous factors that go into decisions of this sort before getting up in arms about it. It's never just about one side simply being greedy and the other side being hapless accomplices. And when it comes to something like Steam vs. Xbox Live, it should be fairly obvious why the same piece of content can end up being offered for two different prices. At least I think it's obvious.
Am I wrong?
Patrick: Remember all of those people who said going to PAX made them sick? I just joined them. I'm not a walking, shambling zombie like some other folks in the office, but it's certainly making playing Scribblenauts harder than it should be. Puzzles, wargh!