When it comes to multiplayer first-person shooters, few items are more controversial than the season pass.
After paying $59.99 for a base game, some companies expect you to pay
up to $49.99 for upcoming additional content. Whether that extra content
is worth it varies by game, but at least you have the option to play
Now, imagine if instead of
paying for extra content you had to pay your internet service provider
for the privilege of just connecting to a server?
It may seem
far-fetched, but if your ISP is no longer subject to Title II
regulation, you can kiss net neutrality and the ability to access all of
the web at one price freely goodbye. Read more (Opinion)
The days of playing online games on your standard internet plan may be in danger if a new proposal
from the Federal Communications Commission is passed.
Under the FCC
chairman’s proposed rollback of net neutrality rules enacted in 2015,
cable and internet providers might theoretically be able to charge more
based on how you use the internet — and it would have big implications
for the gaming world.
the FCC’s chairman, Ajit Pai, proposed a rollback for a number of
regulations enacted in 2015 intended to keep the internet “open and
fair,” according to CNN.
These regulations are meant to preserve net neutrality — the idea that
your internet provider can’t charge more based on the sites people visit
and services they use. Pai’s proposition, if enacted, would get rid of those regulations.
Pai has his way, regulations that prevent your internet service
provider from charging you according to the online services you use will
If that happens, your ISP might start looking for ways to milk
more money out of you. For example, it could theoretically throttle
your download speeds from Steam or make your internet connection to
Battle.net slower once you hit a certain data cap. Read more (5/10/17)