Xbox Director of Product Management Aaron Greenberg had a lot of good info for us on the new Xbox Live Game Room service at CES 2010 this month. A tiny detail slipped our notice, however: Players will have to re-buy arcade games for the Game Room even if they already own the game on Xbox Live Arcade.
Today, Microsoft confirmed to GamePro that you will need to purchase Game Room games as separate products from Xbox Live Games -- even if they are the same game, essentially.
Here's the official statement provided by Microsoft:
This echoes what Greenberg told us; yet it never occurred to us that we'd have to pay for Centipede twice. On the bright side, though, Game Room games are cheap. You can pay $.50 for one-time plays the way you would in a real arcade, buy the game for just $3 on your 360, or shell out $5 and own the game on your 360 and PC.
Now that we've got that cleared up, we plan to make a list of classic arcade games that we like so much we'd pay for them twice. Any suggestions?