"GameSpy Games Die" - The Silicon Sasquatch Podcast: Episode 43

Here's an existential question for you: if a multiplayer online game loses its online functionality, is it still the same game? The gang got together to try to draw some conclusions from the shutdown of GameSpy's online matchmaking systems, a move that has far-reaching effects for many first- and third-party game publishers -- even going so far as to shut down all multiplayer services on Nintendo's Wii and DS/DSi consoles. Do consumers have any rights or guarantees for service when they buy a game or a console? (Hint: Not really.) And perhaps more importantly, what implications does this attitude have for game preservation in the long-term?

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Intro: "Griefclubbing" by T-O 
Outro: "Sex, Drugs, Violence and Corruption" by Wootson Background photo: "Wasteland" by Denis Defreyne. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.