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Xbox Live bans won't kill your Xbox One game library


Of course, Microsoft had to miscommunicate that first
Jun 17
// Jim Sterling
As if to further demonstrate how Microsoft lacks any sort of unity in its Xbox One message, the company's online support recently led everybody to believe that the Xbox One's DRM strategy could strip gamers of their purchases...
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Consoles in China?

Rumor: China might consider lifting ban on game consoles


Approval would be needed from seven ministries
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
For those of us so embedded in gaming and the surrounding culture, it can be difficult to imagine what a governmental ban on game consoles would look like in practice. Gamers living in China don't have to imagine, however -- ...
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Riot bans two more 'toxic' pro League of Legends players


They weren't kidding, guys
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
You would be forgiven for thinking that the very public example of professional League of Legends player IWillDominate getting banned due to unruly behavior would have made people think twice before repeating history. Not so:...

'Gun violent' videogames removed from MA truck stops

Jan 12 // Jonathan Holmes
I'd be happy if violent videogames became less popular in an organic, natural way. That could be seen as an indication that American society was slowly becoming less obsessed with glorifying war and gun violence in general. To try to force that to happen by blaming and shaming violent videogames (and the people who play them) by censoring them out of existence is, at best, like putting a band-aid on a broken leg, or at worst, like amputating the wrong leg. We live in a society where news programs compete for ratings on a daily basis by broadcasting the most violent, fear-inducing, negative news they can dig up. This competition often occurs on a 24-hour cycle. We live in a society that continues to perpetuate the false idea that having a mental illness is something to be ashamed of, damning you to one of the lowest rungs on the cultural ladder if you happen to have an particular type of brain chemistry, and that mental health treatment often involves getting locked in a prison-like "Asylum" after getting punched in the face by a guy who dresses like a giant bat. We live in a society where recreational abuse of addictive drugs is frequently glorified in pop music, movies, and television, while the fact that many of America's mass shooters were self-medicating with these very same mind altering drugs gets brushed under the rug. It seems to me that our brains, and the way our brains fit into the greater culture, are the factors that most determine our behaviors. Taking a look at the brain chemistry of the those who commit murder and/or suicide, and how those brains were affected by the world around them, might be more effective in preventing future murder-suicides than banning Time Crisis. If someone plays videogames in a way that isn't healthy for them, that's a sign that the real world might not be working for them. If we try to take their coping methods away, they'll just find something else to replace them with, something potentially much more dangerous than videogames (like those addictive drugs that our society so frequently glorifies). Better to help people get to the root of their problems before cutting off their methods for dealing with life. Some people who have a tough time with life also enjoy videogames. Some people with migraine headaches routinely take aspirin. Lets not blame the aspirin for the headache. State removes violent games from rest stops [Boston Globe, via GameSpot]
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While another town calls for destruction for violent games
My original plan for today was to head out to Connecticut to talk to residents of Southington about their initiative to destroy violent videogames. That event was canceled. So one ridiculous sidestepping of the real...

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Microsoft investigating wave of undue Halo 4 perma-bans


DLC buyers seemingly locked out of Xbox Live play
Dec 17
// Jim Sterling
A number of players are apparently finding themselves banned from Halo 4 online play after purchasing the latest downloadable content. Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and is currently investigating.  "We are not per...
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Halo 4 will NOT be issuing special XBL bans for sexism


Racism and homophobia not given a looser leash either
Nov 06
// Jim Sterling
Last week, Halo 4 was at the center of a brouhaha with word that sexist behavior in Halo 4 online play would net the user a lifetime ban. While some folks applauded the measure, others asked why homophobic and racist activity...
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Online sexism in Halo 4 will earn you a lifetime ban


No Doritos for sexists
Nov 02
// Jim Sterling
The Halo series has a reputation for hosting some, let's say, "spirited" language from its millions of players, as trash talk and associated slurs have become a big part of the experience. 343 Industries, however, isn't parti...
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Microsoft perma-banning early Halo 4 users from XBL


Pirates do pirate things and get pirate banned
Oct 15
// Jim Sterling
In a bid to crack down on nefarious pirates, Microsoft is issuing permanent Xbox Live bans to folk caught playing illegitimate copies of Halo 4 early.  "We are aware of isolated cases in which Halo 4 content has been pro...

A game about sex? BAN THIS SICK FILTH!

Sep 09 // Jim Sterling
Valve has every right to ban what it wants, and does warn that it reserves the right to block "offensive" material. Even so, this situation highlights the fucked up double standards we have, where scenes of violence and murder are deemed more acceptable -- more normal -- than images of two consenting adults doing what almost all consenting adults will do at some point in their lives.  Valve's part in this isn't even the stupid part, by my reckoning. Reaction from Greenlight users themselves was ludicrous in its outrage -- uppity gamers sneering at the idea of "pornography" being on Steam, allowing themselves the cognitive dissonance needed to trash this game for displaying rather normal and mundane sex while ignoring fighting games that have women showing off abnormally huge breasts with their anuses practically hanging out of their thongs.  The thing that gets me about this is Seduce Me's treatment of women, from what I've seen, is better than the way most AAA games treat them. At least the characters have personalities in this thing. Yet, just because we might see some pubes, the game is automatically more vile than anything cooked up by Team Ninja and far more shocking than what we might see in The Witcher.  Seduce Me wasn't trying to be overtly pornographic or even all that objectifying. By all accounts, the sex was no more graphic than something you'd get from those cheesy erotic novels with women looking sleepy on the front cover. It's not like this game was trying to be RapeLay or anything. However, that was enough to send gamers flying into an outrage and calling for downvotes. It's not just prudish -- it's outright childish. The reaction from gamers to Seduce Me is akin to the shit FOX News pulled when it overreacted to the "sex" in Mass Effect. Game culture itself seems no better at reacting to sexuality than the pundits that attack the industry.  There's a big difference, of course, between sexuality and sexploitation. I think Seduce Me ran the risk of crossing the line, but looking at the screens, it seems more like an interactive adult novel, and I can't see a problem with that. As Mirriam said, I think it at least deserved the right to a fair and open discussion. In fairness, many gamers were up for that discussion. Many others, however, were not at home to such a debate and wanted that FILTH off their pure and virtuous Steam.  The game's not exactly a great moral step forward for the industry or anything, but I'd take something like this over the creepy pedo fantasy that is Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Perv Party or a generic action game that tosses a cheap sex scene into its story just because. It's seriously weird that gamers will fight to the death for the right of little girls with mutant chest-tumors to exist, yet break and flee at the idea of a game about normal adult sex. I think Seduce Me looks kind of silly, in all fairness, but wow. A man putting his penis inside of a woman's vagina is really more shocking and distressing to us than a man putting his knife inside of another man's eyeball.  Videogames, guys.
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Seduce Me causes outrage by trying to get on Steam
Steam has been banning fake games from its service, but it's also knocked back a legitimate -- if rather risque -- project. Seduce Me is an erotic strategy game "inspired by the lives of American socialites and celebrities." ...

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3,000 Guild Wars 2 players banned for vendor exploit


Rules is rules
Aug 31
// Jim Sterling
ArenaNet has revealed that it banned 3,000 Guild Wars 2 players last night for knowingly exploiting a vendor error that saw them buying cheap gear and selling it on for economy-wrecking profit.  "The players we banned we...
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Blizzard gets serious, ready to ban Diablo III cheaters


Jun 12
// Jim Sterling
Out of the blue, Blizzard decided to post a not-so-friendly reminder that Diablo III cheaters will be caught and banned, as the studio readies itself to purge the criminal element. That always-online requirement means they're...
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Ruling by ITC judge says Xbox should see ban in US too


May 23
// Brett Zeidler
Last month, Administrative Judge David Shaw at the US International Trade Commission decided that Xbox had been in violation of four Motorola patents in relation to the H.264 video compression codec technology. He did not hav...
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What religions are allowed in Diablo III?


May 22
// Jim Sterling
It seems that, in a world populated by very real angels and demons, association with religions revolving around such creatures is frowned upon in Diablo III's world of Sanctuary. When Jon Bloodspray alerted me on Twitter that...
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Banned Origin users can play their games offline


Apr 16
// Jordan Devore
It was more than a little sad to find out that Electronic Arts was locking users out of their Origin games for getting banned on the forums. Thankfully, the account suspension policy has since been tweaked such that those wit...
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BioWare is clueless, banned a user based on a meme


Jan 21
// Tony Ponce
BioWare is dead serious about upholding its Terms of Services and will bring down the hammer of justice hard should you step out of line. One member (username withheld) of the Star Wars: The Old Republic message board learned...
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SWTOR bans players for playing the game wrong


Jan 03
// Jim Sterling
Users have been receiving temporary bans for "exploiting" Star Wars: The Old Republic, as confirmed by BioWare recently. The only trouble is, the players were not really breaking the game in anyway -- they've only been doing ...
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'Gun-like' Avatar items to be banned from Xbox Live soon


Dec 23
// Jim Sterling
Epic Games has declared that the Hammerburst and Lancer Avatar props are going to be removed on January 1, 2012, as part of a new anti-gun policy. Microsoft will be barring any Avatar proper that resembles a firearm. Gotta pr...
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New Syndicate game banned in Australia (surprise!)


Dec 20
// Jim Sterling
In news that should shock nobody by now, Starbreeze's upcoming Syndicate reboot has been refused classification in Australia, making it illegal to sell in the country. The game's violent content has been cited as the reason, ...
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EA will ban you from games if someone else swears at you


Dec 05
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has been catching heat for its stupid policy that bans customers from their legally bought games if they break rules on the forums. Despite all the bad publicity, however, EA isn't fixing the issue -- it's get...
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Shock: Dead Island banned in Germany at last


Nov 29
// Jim Sterling
In news that will surprise only people who have never heard of Germany before, it has come to light that Dead Island's been banned ... in Germany!  Deep Silver is not surprised, gamers are not surprised, and I doubt the ...
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EA hopes Iran banning Battlefield 3 will fight piracy


Nov 28
// Jim Sterling
Battlefield 3 is reportedly banned in Iran, which is hardly surprising because it is Iran. What is surprising, however, is that Electronic Arts thinks the suppression of its product may be a good thing, because it c...
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Over 1,600 users banned from Modern Warfare 3


Nov 21
// Jim Sterling
[Update: The story originally stated 16,000 users were banned. That was incorrect and has been fixed. Sorry for the confusion.] The Call of Duty series is beloved by cheaters the world over, but Infinity Ward has no love for ...
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EA forum bans are still locking users out of games


Nov 14
// Jim Sterling
A while ago, Electronic Arts landed itself in hot water after locking one of its customers out of Dragon Age II due to a transgression committed on EA's forums. While the situation was eventually resolved, it seems EA never s...
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Early Modern Warfare 3 play could ban you from Xbox Live


Nov 04
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft has warned that early copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are "not authorized" to be played online, and using them before street date could have dire consequences. This includes legally obtained copies bought f...
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Guess which games were banned in Germany in October


Oct 29
// Sven Wohl
When it comes to banning videogames or at least restricting their sales, there just is no country quite like Germany! There are several lists to take into consideration, so I'll try to make things simple and clear for you, de...
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Posting Gears of War 3 spoilers online? Epic will ban you


Aug 15
// Jim Sterling
Epic Games takes spoilers very seriously, so much so that your actions on Youtube could impact your gaming. According to the studio, it has the power to ban anybody from Gears of War 3 if they're caught posting spoiler videos...
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Christian police groups want to ban The Darkness II


Aug 15
// Jim Sterling
Various Christian law enforcement groups have colluded to express their distaste for upcoming 2K Games sequel, The Darkness II. They'd like to see it go very far away, in fact, for fear that it will make people hate the polic...
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Norwegian store bans violent games following Oslo murders


Jul 29
// Jim Sterling
Coop Norway has announced that it will bar the sale of 51 game and toy brands following the Oslo massacre perpetrated by murdering idiot Anders Behring Breivik. These include games that Breivik himself praised as trainin...
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Apple rejects illegal immigration game


Apr 28
// Jim Sterling
A satirical iOS game about trucking Mexicans across the US border has been rejected by Apple for being racist. Because of course, when you dare say that some Mexicans are illegal immigrants, you are of course stating that all...
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Mortal Kombat loses Australian appeal, still banned


Mar 14
// Jim Sterling
Despite an appeal by Warner Brothers, Mortal Kombat is still going to be unobtainable (at least legally) in Australia when it launches next month.  “We’re obviously extremely disappointed that the refused cla...

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