Controversy News


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...


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

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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...


"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...


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

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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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


" 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...


"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...


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

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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...


"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...


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

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