Shadowman wrote:There's also another option: Go do something other than gaming. Like a book or something. Maybe go see a movie, or if it's a nice enough day, go out for a walk or a jog.
I don't understand why they have to sue over something so trivial.
If you walked into a bar, and bought a beer, started drinking, but before you got half the pint down, the bartender slips and launches it onto the floor, would you not expect a partial refund or another drink to replace it?
What you're saying is essentially that this hypothetical barfly should go drink tap water while they wait for the next round to be purchased.
People have paid for a service. That sevice was not delivered, in fact there are still problems with it now.
According to:http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/22067 ... 10-million
There are roughly 10,000,000 Live subscribers.
Assuming the American subscription cost of $49.99(~$50), which is cheaper than most other places, they pay roughly $0.13c per day. (conservative estimate, it's actually nearer 14c)
10,000,000 x $0.13 = $1,300,000 per day.
Since this has been going on since christmas, which is roughly 2 weeks, or 14 days ago, that makes $18,200,000 paid to microsoft over that period.
Assuming that my experience of a roughly 25% drop in quality of service is about average. (typically games do not conclude, often throwing everyone out of the game, and forcing parties to disband during matchmaking, extending the amount of time sat waiting for games), that gives us damages totalling $4,550,000.
That is a very
conservative estimate of how much money Microsoft has cost the XBL user-base.
This is not trivial in any sense of the word.
Tekka wrote:Why even ask that question? The answer is so obvious. Someone has seen the chance to try and get rich fast by taking action against a company with so much money it could smother a small country with the bills. I know I'd do it if I weren't so tolerant.
Ordinarily I'm rather cynical myself, but the article in question doesn't address how the damages are to be paid. For all we know it's been requested that it be refunded to XBL subscribers directly, or something else entirely. I really doubt anyone would expect to win a case which is a transparent get-righ-quick scheme.
In fact, according to: http://www.jag-lawfirm.com/xbox-lawsuit.html
it's a Class-Action suit.
I'm willing to be good money that this will manifest as a limited fund suit, or something similar.