I agree with Dire Bare on this one: I think Irda Ranger has a very valid concern and I agree that we're basically paying for the promise of something (as opposed to something itself), which isn't a very good business model from the consumer's end. However, I also have enough faith in the faceless, corporate being that is WotC to not completely screw their customer base over: if nothing else, because it's bad PR and bad for the bottom line. Yes, one day 4.0 will be some old thing, but by that time they have very little to lose by distributing things freely, too. At the very least, I can see things working like many have said the CB works now: you can continue to use it but it will just never be updated.But, if WotC decides to stop part or all of the D&D Insider service, I don't think they will "screw" their subscribers.
Ok, not angry. Wrong word. Disapproving?
So you receive the software in its current form and should be able to use that software at that level forever, but the only way to put the software on a new computer if you allow your subscription to lapse is by using a disc image? So the software itself is designed to thwart this unless the disc image precaution is taken?
Oh, let's not make this personal, as I am not actually discussing my own situation but rather trying to understand the situation objectively. I can envision, for instance, someone deciding they only want to play the game with the level of rules that are out to this point, or perhaps to the point achieved just after the PH2 is out, thus effectively wishing to drop off of the subscription grid(both for the DDI and the print rules) but being guaranteed all of the toys they are accustomed to using still function as purchased. Hence the above questions.
Does it bother anyone else that if you stop paying for cable, that you no longer can watch channels on TV?
But doesn't it bother anyone else that if you stop subscribing to DDI that your Character Builder and Compendium stop working?
I dunno. I really, really don't like that kind of loss of control of my software and data.
If that were my complaint you might have a point. But it's not. So you don't.I don't understand complaining about something that costs only USD5 or so dollars a month. If I worked at Hasbro/WotC and read these sorts of comments I would completely ignore them because if someone is too poor to afford USD5 or so a month they cease being a customer.
<tongue-in-cheek> Wow, I bet you built every last screw and bolt in your car, huh? No? I guess you don't own it then. </tongue-in-cheek>Here's a note - it may be your data, but it is not your software. You haven't written a single line of the code, have you?
Because your car is a product, not a service. Your analogy would work if you were renting the car and stopped paying the rent.Wouldn't it bother you if your car stopped working the moment the warranty expired? How is this different?
In one case, you have bought the car, and the car belongs to you. In the other case, you have bought a software licence, and the software itself does not belong to you. Those seem quite different cases to me.<tongue-in-cheek> Wow, I bet you built every last screw and bolt in your car, huh? No? I guess you don't own it then. </tongue-in-cheek>
<serious question> Wouldn't it bother you if your car stopped working the moment the warranty expired? How is this different? </serious question>