External adverts appear on the Xbox 360 Dashboard – Internet explodes

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I must warn you there is a video after the break that may cause great anger, distress and emotional sadness. It is apparently so virulent that millions of people around the world right are now so angry that the Internet itself may explode from the hate that it needs to transport.

The video depicts what happens when you let a corporate capitalist company develop a video game company with online functionality. I am talking about online ads, it is true… They have final landed on the NXE in all their fury.

Their fury being a little puppy in a pretty non obtrusive block that you are more than welcome to watch or scroll past.

I understand that people are upset that they need to pay for Xbox Live and then still see adverts, wouldn’t it be nice if the network were free and the adverts didn’t exist. Or if we paid the adverts went away… or if the adverts paid for us.

All the options are nice and would make gamers happy… (lol like that’s ever going to happen). The point is that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are in this business for profit and all of them will jump at any chance they can to make more profit.

If that chance negatively affects me then I am going to whine about it, if it’s non obtrusive then I really don’t care so much.

Imagine what’s going to happen when we start getting adverts displayed while we wait for our game to load, it is the latest trend in Internet advertising so it’s not like the precedent hasn’t been set and accepted by the public.

Apparently the other major issue is the fact that NXE windows just happen to the a standard size for Interactive Advertising Bureau adverts… somehow I don’t think that is a coincidence.

Source: Destructoid

Last Updated: July 21, 2009

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • easy

    to honest it wouldn’t bother me all that much, but it does beg to the question as to why there is a live subscription if they(ms) will be partially subsidised by advertising.

    maybe they should have an option whereby it allows gamers to choose a discounted live sub if they allow advertising, or the full whack if they choose not too.

    seems fair, although is smacks of freeware/adware/crapware.

  • yeah I don’t see it as an issue as long as it doesn’t hog my bandwidth.

    I doubt we’ll get away from advertisements ever and advertisers are always looking for new ways to pentrate the market, just cause we pay for the service doesn’t mean we won’t be inundated with advertising.

    Examples include: DSTV, I have never seen so many adverts ever and it’s mostly (for DSTV), the other is Cinema’s we watch trailers and adverts before the film. But we pay for both non-the-less.

  • People tend to forget that before NXE, US based accounts were also subjected to advertising on the dashboard – Primarily foodstuffs like Sprite and Doritos.

  • spl0it

    I like Dorito’s not a big fan of sprite though

  • You obviously did not see the infamous banned Sprite ad that has now disappeared of the Internet? It made Sprite amazingly interesting

  • Havok

    “Imagine what’s going to happen when we start getting adverts displayed while we wait for our game to load,” perfectly acceptable if it means I get my games at highly reduced cost.
    Same with Live I don;t mind. It’s not like it’s popups or you HAVE to watch it.

    People moan about prices and then the moan about ads.
    I agree if we pay full price and get adds it’s bad, but if it keeps prices from going up or Live subscriptions from increasing in price. hey..show me an add.

  • GougedEye

    Wow, went and found it. Could really do with a Sprite about now.


  • Banana Hammock

    “…wouldn’t it be nice if the network were free and the adverts didn’t exist..”

    Lol, this exists, it’s called PSN :devil:

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