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M$ has some devs out there calling dedicated servers "the cloud" and saying that it does something special...god I hate marketing.
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I know...  Some folks just loooove buzzwords.  

In this case, "cloud" actually might be a correct description.  Rather than game-specific dedicated servers that are tailored to hosting this particular game, they're likely using a distributed architecture and virtualization to make use of processing requirements on an as-needed basis.  They can use the excess processing power of generic servers to meet peak needs without having to size a dedicated system to peak and have a lot of wasted cycles.

It would probably fall into the private cloud segment (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing#Private_cloud), where Microsoft utilizes cloud principles (virtualization) to optimize their server hardware to share many tasks instead of limiting EACH server to a single task/application it needs to accomplish.  Using application-specific servers causes you to over-build your infrastructure, wasting money, rack space, and -- often one of the largest costs -- electricity.  They probably realized they've got tons of excess processing cycles in their infrastructure, and decided that they can use these to improve gameplay.  And it's done using "cloud" concepts.
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Care for some intel slides?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/prism-collection-documents/?hpid=z1


PRISMgate pre-empted by Rap News; "nihil nova sub solum"

"If you got nothing to hide, you got nothing to worry about!"
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Consoles are hype?  Nooooooo.
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Disney bought Lucasfilm, and LucasArts, and are making a movie based on GRIM FANDANGO!!

Finally, I say.

Maybe they'll update and release the game as well.
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Read the comments, particularly #3.

Do we censor art when it becomes dissenting against the very fabric of nationalism?  I think, "no."  But, when art starts to dissent in this manner it does reveal a trend within society that is very dangerous to the state.  Art is, arguably, the most important factor in cultural movements.  Propaganda is almost always in the form of some symbols that are positioned to evoke emotional responses in people, even in an unconscious manner; in other words, artwork.

Can you imagine a game where the motivations for the terrorists were a combination of far left protestors (#Occupy) and far right militants?  Because that is what this game was.  It would have blurred the lines between what is right and wrong and how far society will go in the name of what they think is right.  Right wing, ex-military militias going to war with the US government over the relationship between large banks and the state using left-wing reasoning.  It would have been an extraordinary advance in meaningful narratives told through the gaming medium that gives people agency and puts people in shoes where all sides perspectives are shown.  We won't have that, however, since the US government is scared of the consequences of dissenting artwork.

Oh, say, can you see?  The land of the (un)free and home of the control freak bureaucrat.
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XboxOne is going to be a disaster.  And we can only hope that it is.  Even Sony is starting to pay attention to indie devs while M$ is ignoring them.  Xbox fans have fallen to the lowest tier in my regards.  Pay attention to what goes on around you lest things get even worse.

From the comments:

"PC: You can share if you like; You have access to all of your files; You can do what you like with your games; You have indefinite backwards compatibility; You don’t need to be online to play (DRM schemes which tried this have been shot down, and cracks exist); And you can mod your games.

Consoles: You can’t share; You don’t have access to the files; You can’t do what you like with your games; You have no backwards compatibility (planned obsolescence, basically); You do need to be online to play; And modding on consoles largely remains a wet dream (especially since mod developing happens on the PC)."

Watch your data disappear into clouds with chains the way of catz and unnecessary flattery.
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