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Ubisoft DRM Issues Leave Games Temporarily Unplayable for Some (Updated)

By Chris Faylor, Mar 08, 2010 12:30pm PST

Update: "Our servers are under attack again," Ubisoft says. "Some gamers are experiencing trouble signing in. We're working on it and will keep you...

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"There's plenty of examples where publishers have used bullshit excuses to not bring something to ..."

- -shadin- see all 208 comments

Battlefield Heroes Celebrates 3 Million Players with New Map as Community Protests Changes

By Chris Faylor, Dec 16, 2009 12:50pm PST

To celebrate the "three million registered players" milestone for its free-to-play web-based multiplayer shooter Battlefield Heroes, developer DICE...

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"Indeed, don't "boycott", move on. It's the best way to stop these practices is to just walk ..."

- haysoos see all 55 comments

Modern Warfare 2 Won't Have Dedicated PC Servers, New Footage Emerges

By Chris Faylor, Oct 20, 2009 10:19am PDT

Though Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 maker Infinity Ward recently told us that "PC [multiplayer] will be the same as it always was," the company...

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"you forget that on subscriber cable broadband up stream is only 1/4 of what it can downstream . ..."

- spiderdemon007 see all 706 comments

Chicago Game Ad Restrictions Violate Free Speech, Claims Lawsuit

By Chris Faylor, Jul 22, 2009 8:42am PDT

The Entertainment Software Association has filed a suit against the Chicago Transit Authority, claiming that CTA's new policy to not display...

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"telling a corporation they cant make games with violent content is a no-go. that is protected ..."

- radio_babylon see all 21 comments

The Chronicles of Riddick DRM Sparks Outcry

By Chris Faylor, Apr 09, 2009 10:22am PDT

Reports that the PC version of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena can only be installed three times have sparked another round of...

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"Please do follow the logic in a business endeavor exactly as you've outlined above; we'll all ..."

- ornee see all 159 comments

Champions Online Testers Poached From Rival

By Chris Faylor, Mar 20, 2009 9:07am PDT

Cryptic Studios has confirmed that it recruited players for the now-underway Champions Online closed beta from super-powered rival City of Heroes...

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"I love how developers cater to consoles with a PC market game. I have a bad feeling about this ..."

- YummiGummi see all 19 comments

DRM Issues Spoil Steam Holiday Sale

By Chris Faylor, Jan 02, 2009 10:37am PST

Some of those that recently bought GSC Game World's S.TA.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and Egosoft's X3: Terran Conflict were temporarily unable to activate...

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"it was almost definitely there before FC2 was released - i remember talking about this before ..."

- xsoulbrothax see all 72 comments

EA Claims Wii Graphics Not 'Broadcast Quality' After Misleading Ad, Reports UK Board

By Chris Faylor, Dec 17, 2008 9:35am PST

Controversy regarding a recent television ad for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 has reportedly led publisher EA to claim that visuals produced by the Wii...

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"Two wrongs don't make a right? I am all for forcing companies to label ads as to their actual ..."

- Fred Garvin see all 32 comments

Take-Two Settles with Chicago Transit Authority, Future M-rated Game Ads Banned

By Blake Ellison, Nov 21, 2008 2:11pm PST

The Chicago Transit Authority will reinstate the Grand Theft Auto 4 ads that it pulled from Chicago buses back in the spring, but after a short run...

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"Once upon a time, it was Elvis. Then came Dungeons and Dragons. Right now, it's gaming. Next, ..."

- sinclair4217 see all 13 comments

Eidos Wants Negative Tomb Raider Reviews Delayed, Seeking High Metacritic Score

By Chris Faylor, Nov 21, 2008 8:52am PST

As Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider Underworld heads out to store shelves this week, publisher Eidos has tasked UK PR firm Barrington Harvey with...

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"Well guess who owns Metacritic? CNET. Guess who owns Gamespot? CNET. Is anyone really surprised ..."

- pixelateddoc see all 119 comments

New Xbox Experience Netflix Streaming Loses Sony-owned Movies

By Blake Ellison, Nov 18, 2008 5:49pm PST

Update: Netflix has confirmed the loss of Xbox 360 owners' ability to stream movies from Columbia Pictures, a Sony subsidiary. Columbia's movies...

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" Like Sony Picture's Columbia Tri-Star doesn't want to make money. The reality is that whoever ..."

- psych0fred see all 85 comments

LittleBigPlanet Moderation Sparks User Outcry

By Blake Ellison, Nov 10, 2008 12:16pm PST

Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet (PS3) is no stranger to moderation, censorship and outraged users, and now that user-created levels are starting...

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"much like spore, great game, shitty moderation and support. hard to have fun with 'dad' standing ..."

- syn0r see all 38 comments

EA Not Banning Game Access for Forum Hijinks

By Chris Faylor, Oct 30, 2008 6:41pm PDT

Update: EA community manager eaapoc, the bloke who started this whole affair, has acknowledged that his initial threat was "inaccurate and a...

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"The worrying part is that with the current EA's DRM implementation, they can technically prevent ..."

- canuter see all 45 comments

EA Threatens Game Bans for Forum Activity (Updated)

By Chris Faylor, Oct 30, 2008 9:08am PDT

Update: Electronic Arts has clarified to Shacknews that the situation stemmed from a "misunderstanding," explaining that "access to the forums and...

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"Yeah, it's worrying how little thinking some people do at times. If they'd actually use their ..."

- Saruya see all 325 comments

Fallout 3 Ads in DC Metro Spark Complaint

By Blake Ellison, Oct 27, 2008 3:35pm PDT

Ads for Bethesda's Fallout 3 (PC, 360, PS3) appearing in the DC Metro definitely hit close to home with images of post-apocalyptic versions of the...

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"We've never had our shit royally fucked up by terrorists. And, I like to think, we're hardy ..."

- WildDanimal see all 73 comments