As we have talked about when the XBOX rumor mill started churning, just when you thought that Microsoft's days of toruturing customers was over in comes the latest rumor.
Edge magazine has posted a report indicating Microsoft could be moving forward with an Internet-based business model for its next Xbox game console, which has been code-named "Durango."
According to the report, games that are produced for the system will require an online connection and an activation code that will align players on that particular console.
These codes are not new as XBOX as used them to get online for a while now but in this model you would need the codes to play offline as well which signals a departure in model and a separation from the culture of gaming.
What happens if the network goes down like the Playstation network did last year? Will the used game market dry up or will I have to buy a code to go with my used game so I can play it? Can I borrow a friends game to try it out before I drop $60 or is Microsoft playing the part of the record industry in the Napster era and just asking for customers to employ pirates to help?