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Cliffy B Thinks There is Nothing Wrong with a ‘Always On’ Connection

Gears of War creator and resident dude bro Cliff Bleszinski has stated that an ‘always on’ future is inevitable, and “edge cases” should not be considered over the masses. More details past the link. 

On his personal blog, the King of fake chainsaw guns said, “My gut is telling me that an always online future is probably coming. It’s coming fast, and possibly to the majority of the devices you enjoy,”

“Remember when Microsoft made the decision to only allow broadband on Xbox Live? It was a bold move back then; broadband penetration wasn’t anywhere near what it is now. And yet the march of progress continued. Sooner or later our government, or Google, or any number of providers are going to get their shit together and we’ll have universally fast internet for the majority of the first world,”

Cliffy B also said that the next gen “won’t really give a shit” about always-on requirements, because most people will be used to it. Situation where ‘first world gamers’ don’t have access to an always-on internet, like when at a cabin for a weekend, are “edge cases”.

“Technology doesn’t advance by worrying about the edge case,” he said.

“If a service is good then people don’t mind paying for it. My iPad is always connected because I love browsing Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook. I love the ecosystem of Itunes and the App store. If the ecosystem of an always connected device is fantastic then suddenly people don’t really seem to notice any more. When electricity came along and people had to have meters attached to their house they didn’t mind because they loved the idea of light bulbs, electric ranges, and refrigeration.”

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An always online connection is not the advancement of technology. It just holds gamers back. Gamers should have control weather they want to connect to the internet or not. It shouldn’t be a requirement, or something that’s forced down your throat. People have slow connections, outages, bad weather, visiting friends, and all sorts of reasons to not have a stable internet at all times.

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Author: Francis@PE (18913 Posts)

  • PlywoodStick

    As many have already mentioned, there is the ever present issue that tens of millions of prospective customers in the USA, alone, do not have the available broadband internet connections and spare cash to support the “always-on regime”.

    As rofolfo mentioned, the “always-on” regime provides a backdoor entry for unregulated DRM schemes. The many people who insist on buying from sites such as GOG.com prove that not everyone is thrilled with the diminishing of freedoms that game provision sites such as Steam are drifting towards.

    Bleszinski mentions: “Technology doesn’t advance by worrying about the edge case.” Oh yeah? I beg to differ:




    The future of humanity lies in protecting and developing the neglected parts of our planet. He’s just so enchanted with his Western industrial society that he honestly believes that no one has anything else to offer. (I say this as a Washington, DC native.)

    • PlywoodStick


    • PlywoodStick

      Posting links does not work after the cut-off point. Here they are again:




      • PlywoodStick

        Ok, fine, another link about the quinoa, since that doesn’t work either:


    • PlywoodStick

      no one else has anything to offer*

  • rodolfofornillos

    of course always-online will be the future…

    however, there is a flaw to his concept. the internet has been around for a long time now, yet there are still places around the world that barely knows or have access to the internet.

    most places do have internet connection, yet too expensive to get a decent one that would suffice online gaming. heck people in my place have to contend with 1 Mbps as a regular connection speed. to get higher speeds, you need to pay higher fees.

    if the purpose of having it always-on is for DRM, then it's also not good. there's even a rumor that Kinect may also be used to "monitor" your usage as a gamer, thus the requirement to be always online. now isn't that like "big brother"?

  • RicardJulianti

    Does he even have a job anymore? I can just imagine him sitting on his couch, fingers covered with Doritos cheese, full beard, snickering at all of the dumb things he says.

    "Technology doesn’t advance by worrying about the edge case" – The edge case being 40-50% of the 360's user base. Yeah….really out there on the fringes.

    If he really thinks the cable companies will "get their shit together" to give the whole country fast internet, he is ignorant and a fool. Cable companies already work in an oligopoly. They keep their prices all about the same, offer the same product at the same speeds, each with their own type of "boosted connection." No one provider has an edge on the other to make competition happen, so it doesn't happen. Prices stay the same and are even getting higher. They see Google Fiber as a "premium, niche" product and the majority of people are eligible for it, or won't bother paying for it because they don't need that kind of speed.

    It took Google over a year to get the infrastructure implemented to START bringing Fiber to KC. Another year later, this as far as they have made it: https://fiber.google.com/cities/kck/#header=check looks impressive, until you pay attention to how much is completed and the overall scope of the city. There is no way in hell a large enough portion of the country is going to have reliable high speed internet/Fiber to make an "always online requirement" a viable business strategy.

    He is seriously the Dane Cook of the gaming world….even looks like him a bit. Kind of cool when he was first around, was given a huge spotlight, threw his opinion into everything….and now is a piece of crap.

    • Furious Francis

      Does he even have a job anymore? I can just imagine him sitting on his couch, fingers covered with Doritos cheese, full beard, snickering at all of the dumb things he says.


      He is seriously the Dane Cook of the gaming world….even looks like him a bit. Kind of cool when he was first around, was given a huge spotlight, threw his opinion into everything….and now is a piece of crap.

      – LOL!

      Everything you said is soooo true, and funny. I can see Geoff Keighley and Cliffy B eating Doritos together while playing Gears of War, Uncharted, and Unreal Tournament….

      • RicardJulianti

        That image of Keighley with his Doritos…..it looks like his soul was sucked right out of him.

        This article says a lot about the industry at the moment, it's a great read: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-10-24-lost

        Maybe they will start inviting Adam Orth over to play some games now that he is out of a job.

        • koopzilla

          That picture of the Doritos guy is great, I have heard about it a hundred times but never actually seen it until now. They could have at least put just one half empty Mt. Dew, and an open bag of Doritos, and not perfectly arranged, so it looked like he was actually just eating Doritos and drinking Mt. Dew. I mean theres not really anything wrong with that, I like Doritos and I drink Mt. Dew (Throwbacks anyway, the regular Mt. Dew tastes like cough syrup to me) occasionally. It's just that they had the stuff sitting there perfectly organized so it was obviously just for advertisement. It reminds me of the scene from Wayne's World where they are promoting products. And that look on his face is priceless.

          On a side note, Doritos seem like the worst gaming food imaginable, I wouldn't let a bag of Doritos anywhere near my controller. Although judging from most second hand controllers I see for sale, I don't think most people feel that way.

          • Furious Francis

            Yeah they really are, I like carrots for my gaming snack, or beef jerky. Carrots give you good eyesight, which you need for gaming. And Beef jerky has a nice amount of protein. Both don't make you feel sick either.

  • koopzilla

    " the King of fake chainsaw guns" Lol. That picture is great, what the hell does he think he's doing? Maybe it's a good thing we can't see below his shoulders.

    I don't really know much about this guy, Gears of War doesn't interest me one single bit. But, everytime I read a quote or something from him he seems like a bigger and bigger moron. He also said today Wii was a virus that nobody played for more than 2 months. Maybe, if you are afraid to be seen playing an actual good game that isn't a FPS about war or something. I played mine from the day it was released until the day I got my Wii U, admittedly I haven't played it since then because I transferred all my saves and stuff over to the Wii U. I play games that I think are fun, and Wii had plenty of them (and I'm not saying other systems didn't have fun games too, but you only constantly hear about how Wii had no games), I couldn't care less how cool some brocore guy thinks I am.

    • Furious Francis

      Yeah, I think it's stupid people say nobody played the system, because Nintendo has data, that proves all that BS wrong.

      But yeah, everytime I see a picture of this dude, he's holding a fake chainsaw gun from Gears of War, and talking shit.

  • Silver

    Cliffy B is an industry puppet that cares nothing about gamers. It's been proven time, and time again. Like recently how he was poor mouthing for the industry, and then attended two hollywood budget parties.

    It's also amazing how no ones is outraged out how demeaning he's being towards people who don't have quick, stable connections. Honestly what he said was no better than what that Microsoft employee did.

    If the industry follows these type of people. Gaming will be only something for the rich.

    • Furious Francis

      Yeah, cause Cliffy B is rich.

  • wooferz

    First he tries to convince people Nintendo should go third-party, now he's trying to defend the "always online" crap.Time to shut up, Cliffy.

    • Furious Francis

      Yeah, he needs to shut up, good thing none of the crap he says matters.