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The War Z devs silence dissent, alter Steam store page


More microtransactions patched in, they went back in time and killed Jesus, etc.
Dec 19
// Jim Sterling
Following accusations of lying about its game, The War Z developer Hammerpoint has compounded its guilt by silencing dissent any way it can. On both their official forums and the Steam board, anybody criticizing the game...

The War Z launches on Steam amid accusations of fraud

Dec 18 // Jim Sterling
Although the game suggests you'll be staying alive against zombies, the undead are apparently of no threat whatsoever, while other players provide the actual challenge. Reddit breaks down some of the other alleged falsehoods, including claims of a "huge and persistent world" when there's only one map measuring 72 square km. Private servers are boasted of, but don't exist. It's claimed you can spend experience points on skills, but there's currently no skill system. Customers are told the servers support up to 100 players, but they only support 50. The game's apparently in a beta phase at best, but that's not mentioned at all on the storefront.  These all seem to be features the developer intends to put in at some point, but with the game still in development beyond the point of sale, it's not exactly fair to present them as already being in the product. Generally, games with upcoming features list them as, y'know, upcoming features, rather than let the paying user believe they're available right at launch.  Another criticism is the fact that it's set up like a free-to-play game, with credits that must be purchased, despite charging users an initial $14.99. Developer Hammerpoint has also been accused of getting users to buy the game directly from its site rather than Steam, by claiming it'd be raising the Steam price. However, after it launched on Steam, Hammerpoint went and lowered the price. As you might expect, folk aren't too happy about that little stunt.  As you might expect, the Steam forums are alight with criticism and outrage, with such topics as, "I feel like a sucker," "Report this game to Steam as a Scam/fraud and request it be removed," and, "This game literally gave me cancer." Some users are reporting having their posts removed and abilities to post banned after lodging complaints.  Naturally, there are users defending The War Z from complaints. One player says it is the critics who are lying, claiming they're little more than "raging" Day Z fanboys. However, even the defender admits the title is in beta. Others have also claimed that, while Hammerpoint made a 50-player deathmatch game rather than the promised zombie survival MMO, it's still pretty fun.  Whether it's still fun or not, it seems many paying customers feel cheated and lied to, and that's not exactly a healthy message accompanying the launch of the game. Even those sticking up for it seem hard pressed to demonstrate that what Hammerpoint promises in its sales pitch is the actual product folk are buying, so the only thing you can do at the moment is be careful before you consider forking over any cash.  Of course, seeing as it's currently Steam's top seller ... that warning might be coming a little late.
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Hammerpoint said to be lying about game's key features
The launch of a survival-based zombie MMO should be a joyous occasion, with children singing songs of gratitude and greatness. With The War Z's arrival on Steam, however, the only songs being sung are those of deceit and...

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Nintendo says third party games look much better on Wii U


Watch Reggie tell CNN a great big lie
Nov 26
// Jim Sterling
Reggie Fils-Aime took to CNN this weekend to deliver a steaming plate of juicy lies. In a talk with Kristie Lu Stout, the beefy boss of Nintendo of America claimed that the Wii U's third-party games looked "dramatically...
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Molyneux struggles to see Nintendo do anything amazing


King of Promise Land not impressed by Nintendo's promises
Nov 09
// Jim Sterling
His Royal Highness, the Lord King of Promise Land, has issued a majestic decree that Nintendo is not doing anything impressive to his noble eyes. Claiming the Wii U does nothing to make him rush out and buy it, the creator of...
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On-disc DLC allegedly found for Resident Evil 6


Capcom caught in a lie?
Oct 08
// Jim Sterling
Despite Capcom pledging to reassess its downloadable content practices and step away from selling stuff it's already shipped to us, modders claim to have caught it in a lie. According to those who've cracked into the code, Re...
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Ubisoft, the worst PC publisher on the planet, is now claiming that it suffers a 93-95% piracy rate on the platform. As a response, CEO Yves Guillemot promises it will jump into the free-to-play market.  "The advantage o...

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EA vs. Zynga: EA claims it's a game industry defender!


Aug 21
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts' delusions of grandeur have reached new heights this week, as the company continues to milk its lawsuit against Zynga for cheap applause and gamer cred. Its latest claim? The lawsuit positions Electronic Arts ...
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Origin cheapening IP with discounts up to 87.5%


Jun 18
// Jim Sterling
Just the other week, Origin head honcho David DeMartini was having a pop at Valve by suggesting that its huge Steam sales cheapen the intellectual property involved and that we won't see EA's service playing a similar card. T...
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Better Business Bureau says EA lied about Mass Effect 3


Apr 12
// Jim Sterling
A few weeks back, when the backlash over Mass Effect 3 was at its height, a complaint had been filed with the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau. The complaints alleged that Electronic Arts lied about Mas...
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Molyneux accepts 'personal failure' for Fable III


Apr 11
// Jim Sterling
It's a glorious day, because I get to talk about the Molyneux Cycle once more. It's the method by which Molyneux attempts to make his next game look good by trash talking the last one he made -- the last game being one he hyp...
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Molyneux: Milo was too emotional for the games industry


Mar 14
// Jim Sterling
Remember Milo, the digital child-creature that Peter Molyneux demoed at E3 so long ago? It promised interaction on a level that would make Skynet jealous, but it disappeared after all the hype. Why was it thrown on the scrap ...
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PS3 has been 'hitting its stride' for the past four years


Feb 24
// Jim Sterling
Last week, Sony's Jack Tretton announced that the PlayStation 3 has just started hitting its stride. Does that corporate line sound familiar? It should do, because Sony's claimed that the PS3 has just "hit its stride" on thre...
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The Sun accuses Microsoft of 'Cyber Fraud' cover up


Nov 24
// Jim Sterling
The Sun's cabal of sleazy liars hate being dismissed, and when they've got an axe to grind, they've demonstrated they'll pursue their victims with frightening obsession. Microsoft is the latest target, with the tabloid accusi...
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After incurring Internet rage and a class action suit, Electronic Arts has finally given up and made good on its broken promise to give Battlefield 3 PS3 owners a free digital copy of Battlefield 1943. Every now and then, ang...

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EA sued over lack of Battlefield 1943 in Battlefield 3


Nov 21
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts is being sued over its broken promise of extra content in the PS3 version of Battlefield 3. The publisher said that a digital copy of Battlefield 1943 would be included in the game but failed to deliver, inste...
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PS3-exclusive content not in Saints Row: The Third


Nov 15
// Jim Sterling
At E3, THQ promised an exclusive gameplay mode (featuring the dildo bat) in Saints Row: The Third for PS3 users. It seems, however, that such a promise was not kept, with no extra PS3 features appearing whatsoever.  THQ ...
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EA Norway tries to manipulate Battlefield 3 review scores


Oct 19
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts' Norwegian division was caught with its hands in the cookie jar earlier this week after a number of publications spoke out against its Battlefield 3 reviewer grooming process. The publisher was sending ou...
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THQ denies Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium Online details


Oct 14
// Jim Sterling
After yesterday's deluge of information concerning Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online, THQ has flatly denied that anything we know is true. That includes class info, studios involved, and the March 2013 launch window.&n...
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No online in Star Fox 64 3D because of time and money


Sep 22
// Jim Sterling
Those who bought a Nintendo 3DS may wonder why their system -- which perfectly allows for online gaming -- hasn't got any online games. Crucially, they may wonder why a multiplayer-focused release like Star Fox 64 3...
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Supernanny: UK rioters addicted to 'horrific games'


Aug 17
// Jim Sterling
Jo "Supernanny" Frost has decided to join Noel Gallagher in using last week's nationwide UK riots to blame those evil, evil videogames. Using the ever-disingenuous phrase, "research shows," the savior of shitty parents everyw...
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No melee in Fable: The Journey (because it's on rails)


Aug 11
// Jim Sterling
Peter Molyneux has confirmed that his definitely-not-on-rails game Fable: The Journey will not feature melee combat, focusing instead on projectile-based magic attacks. Not that this is going to be an on-rails shooter or anyt...
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Namco admits there IS a way to delete Pac-Man 3DS save


Aug 02
// Jim Sterling
Despite previously claiming that there is no way to delete the perma-save in Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions without "corrupting" the game entirely, Namco Bandai has admitted that there is a secret way of wiping data safely.&...
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Molyneux on Kinect: People didn't like PC mice, either!


Jul 13
// Jim Sterling
Peter Molyneux has compared Kinect to the dawn of the computer mouse, stating that the criticisms people have for Microsoft's EyeToy are similar to those had for the now-crucial computer peripheral many moons ago.  "You ...
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Molyneux 'bored' with 'sameness' of modern games


Jun 29
// Jim Sterling
Videogame snake oil salesman Peter Molyneux has declared that modern games are becoming boring, due to them all being the same. Fortunately, he's making an on-rails shooter for Kinect, which is pretty radical and differ ... o...
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Molyneux: Fable: The Journey demo was only 4 months old


Jun 28
// Jim Sterling
The E3 demo for Fable: The Journey didn't look all that compelling, but it's okay -- Peter Molyneux admits it! The snake oil salesman of gaming has said that the demonstration was flawed, but it was only four months old. He P...
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Peter Molyneux shits on Fable III to look humble again


Jun 27
// Jim Sterling
We've talked about the Molyneux Cycle before, and I'm thrilled to report that it's back in full effect once more! With Fable: The Journey coming up, Molyneux has continued his tactic of downplaying the last overhyped game in ...

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