Poll: Gamer's bill of rights--is it necessary?

A list of axioms regarding the PC gaming industry came out this week. Do you think this is silly or necessary?

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Life, liberty, and pwnage
Do gamers really need a bill of rights?

Definitely! I'm sick of being screwed by the game industry.
Sounds reasonable in theory, but it needs some tweaks.
Absolutely not. Can you say "ridiculous"?



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I don't know. Something about framing the purchase and playing of video games in the same light as the practice of religion, defending one's property, and attaining redress from one's government strikes me as a tad overly dramatic.

On the other hand, I get it: gaming is serious business. Like, to the tune of almost $10 billion a year, according to the Entertainment Software Association.

And like any industry, consumers have come to expect a certain level of service. That's why two game developers compiled a list of 10 "rights" PC gamers have . The intention is to have the industry adopt it as a set of principals.

The list from Stardock and Gas Powered Games says things like PC gamers shall have the right "to return games that don't work with their computers for a full refund," "to demand that games be released in a finished state," and "to expect meaningful updates after a game's release."

So, what do you think? Let us know in our poll.

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur. E-mail Erica.

 

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