Silver/Gold account thing...
Gates has been pushing for a subcription based model with everything for over a decade. Over a decade ago he told the press his goal was for people to not buy or download programs at all, but instead "rent" the use of them and turn everyone's PCs into a bunch of terminals with zero local storage capeability. It was for the customer's convenience of course.
I dunno, I'll probably end up buying the xbox tomarrow because there are too many games in their library I really want to play NOW!
and I don't want to deal with PS3 first gen issues. I just dislike how everything is "extra" I need a wireless adapter, that's extra, I need a secondary controller, that's extra, I need a memory card, that's extra, I need a battery recharge pack, that's extra. Eventually I'll need a HD DVD player, that's extra too.
Nintendo is going to be the same way with the accounts and stuff. PS3 is the only one launching with no subscription model.
There are free online games available over the internet, but emulation can only go so far without glitches. Personally, I'm tired of having to upgrade my computer for every other Game I buy. That's why I'm converting to consoles. It costs less than a nearly complete computer upgrade, and lasts longer before another upgrade is necessary. And again, PC games are losing the gaming wars.
Sigh, yea, I'm gonna go cash this check burning a hole in my pocket and walk out with an xbox tomarrow. I really want Gears of war, morrowwind, and Dynasty warriors, and none of those games are going to be on nintendo.