Exactly this. This whole approach is aimed at the elite (like me) who have an excellent connection and little concern about bandwidth usage. What the gaming industry is failing to take into account is that a large part of their target market is the working poor.
I'm assuming that they've amassed some good intelligence in the past decade or so of Xbox Live regarding their target audiences... it's entirely possible the elite are the ones who will benefit from it or more specifically the games that the elite play, and that those who don't fit in that category wouldn't be affected in anyway in that the games they would play, wouldn't require the extra horsepower in the first place.
I think your goal of playing co-op or combative games with her is a huge stretch for two reasons:
1) Your wife isn't a gamer now
2) Not every gamer likes co-op games or combative ones.
You may be able to introduce her to gaming and get her started, and if you do manage to do that, she's going to need time to discover which genres she enjoys. Your experience will help her there, since you can introduce her to a little bit of everything. At the end of the day, even IF she does pick up gaming, you might have to be happy that she finds a genre of games she likes and plays them, while you get to enjoy yours.
By the way: While I'm posting this my wife has been hogging the 360 all morning. I love it, and it's one of the reasons we're together in the first place; we've both been avid gamers since the 80s. Even though we both put in roughly the same amount of time gaming, it's very rare we play together, co-op or otherwise. Keep that in mind.
To publish an insanely sensationalistic FUD piece from the Anti-Nuclear crowd scaremongering the most densely populated area of the world over something that is a complete and utter non-issue.
Not that your point isn't well taken, but either you're using a different definition of "world" or "density," or something happened to Japan, Mexico, South Korea and India (and possibly the Philippines) since this morning that hasn't been making the news.
You're more likely to drop the phone in the toilet then getting hacked.
I doubt you'll get hacked after having dropped it in the toilet, and if you do you have some rather unfortunate luck.
I don't understand the condescending attitude that many nerds have about iOS devices and their users.
They got really bored of hating Microsoft?
Well, see, in countries where there's decent privacy laws, it's illegal to take a picture of somebody where that person is the subject of the photo, and then to publish that photo without their permission.
Wish I could vote you up, sir. People don't understand that posting photos to facebook is publishing, and that they should be subjected to the same restrictions placed on professionals.
Serious question? The replicator would solve all the world's hunger and resource problems.
Considering there's already enough food to go around, and it doesn't, do you honestly think the replicators would make the rounds?
The problem was that IE had a 95% share of the market, so developers thought they could get away with developing web applications that would work only on IE 6 for Windows. And, of course, they did.
I'd blame it more on the breed of "VB 6 for dummies" "developers" that also emerged around that time, that had no clue what a mess they were making.
Someone who is security conscious enough to use this service, is also probably bright enough to actually secure their smartphone with a PIN.