More Than Just Games

Gaming machines are doing more than just gaming these days, and I for one could not be happier. I always found a way to legitimize my console purchases, however thin those excuses were. Because at the end of the day, you were buying a device that would only play exclusive and likely expensive content. But no more!

I have but one word to offer, a word that kicks down the door for multi-fuction systems when others merely knocked. That word is Netflix.

There are other services, yes, but none of them seemed as worthwhile or gave me the “I want to go to there” feeling like Netflix available for the system I already owned. I had a 360 and was going to pay for live anyway. Now Netflix is actually getting a robust list of watch instantly titles. Hooking my laptop up to my TV could only last so long, right? But then, when the Wii and PS3 got it too, and I still didn’t have to pay an additional fee? Then I started thinking: Could just buy a couple used Wiis and cancel cable all together? Its a great time to be alive, and for only $8 a month.

On a related note, the capacity of phones to now have apps, though 90% are truly useless, really makes the present a great time for the synthesis of device and content. I suppose you have to give a nod to the actual network and service making this all possible, including Netflix. I guess that is the real hero in this story, but all the bandwidth in the world is useless if you don’t do something exciting and seemingly useful with it.

Do you feel that I am rambling on uselessly? I am. I’m just trying to say, I like Netflix on my consoles, and I’m excited about it. I’m not nearly as excited about that as Facebook. I’m sort of disappointed in Facebook. Maybe I’m getting old.


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