Before I begin, let's be clear:
I'm really not a big fan of all these new digital subscription services. I tend to refer to the "smartphone Nazis" when I'm talking about data plan billing, and I'm immediately skeptical when yet another subscription service pops up.
So yeah, I was skeptical for both PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. And while the latter service isn't quite available just yet, I understand the concept and I have a feeling that I'm going to like it. The reason why I consider both programs to be ingenious is as follows: I think Sony understands that gamers have grown up, that the majority of their fanbase aren't teenagers. They're adults now and as adults, we all have obligations and responsibilities that eat into our available time and money.
We no longer have neither the time nor the inclination to stand in midnight launch lines, and we don't really care if we fail to pick up a new game for a few weeks (or months). We can't spend all our leisure money on the hobby for various reasons. The arguments, "Oh, that game is old now" and "Just buy the game and finish it if you want to play it" don't always ring true for us. With all the games that come out these days, we don't have time to play every last one the instant it arrives, and while we'd like to play and complete every game, maybe we'd like to rent it instead. To the dedicated hardcore, it sounds silly. To those with lives, not so much.
I like that a game I really wanted to play is now up on Plus for free. I like that with Now, I can at least try games I missed, and it's all the more attractive when there's no available demo. I also like the idea of being able to sample older games from previous generations; I don't have to scour eBay to find them, and I don't have to spend a lot of money to locate a decent copy. It's right there…cool, now maybe I'll try it. Do I feel like I'm getting ripped off? No, I feel that it caters to my lifestyle. And that's the key: I believe both Plus and Now cater to the busier, more mature gamer, and it's ingenious because the average age of a gamer is rising with every passing year.
Is this so wrong?