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5:00 AM on 03.20.2013

This is the dumbest Mega Man toy I have ever seen

Network execs will go to some disgusting lengths to separate parents and their money. Just slap the logo of a popular cartoon on any ol' crap and a kid will foam at the mouth until mommy and daddy break down and give in to th...

Tony Ponce



PSN purchases will not carry over to PS4 (Update) photo
PSN purchases will not carry over to PS4 (Update)
by Jim Sterling

[Update: Sony has confirmed to Dale North that it has the ability to honor your PSN purchases through its cloud service. If it chooses to, it can give you everything back in streaming form. Of course, it's not said it will -- and if it doesn't after saying this, it'll open itself up to major criticism. Gotta hope Sony does the decent thing.

Right now, the line is that Sony remains undecided on the issue.]

In news that is sure to encourage grimacing and facepalming, Sony has confirmed purchases made on the PlayStation Network will not carry over from PS3 to PS4. Same goes for your game saves, too. For Christ's sake, Sony ... you just couldn't resist gunning for some bad PR. 

Shuhei Yoshida told a roundtable (including our own Dale North) the PS4's innards are too different from the PS3, and the company is trying to avoid draining the system's power with emulation. Although plans are being looked into to get PS3 games playable in some form on the system, it appears anything you do right now on the PS3 will remain bound there. 

Expect PS3 games to be available for streaming on the system at some point in time. Whether we'll be paying for the privilege or not remains to be seen. 

So ... great. Just great. Guess it was asking too much to get through the week without something like this.

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8:00 AM on 02.20.2013

EA + Tabloid = Half-naked woman in Crysis 3 bodypaint

The Sun loves to talk about how dangerous those violent videogames are, and frequently runs stories vilifying interactive entertainment for inspiring crime and teaching the youth of Britain all sorts of terrible things. Still...

Jim Sterling

6:45 PM on 02.11.2013

Terraria celebrates XBLA/PSN release by sending pebbles

We certainly get sent all manner of weird tat and nonsense in our role as semi-professional videogame jesters, and sometimes it's just ridiculous enough to achieve the desired effect and get a post. Here's 505 Games, literall...

Jim Sterling

5:15 PM on 02.08.2013

Dry your tears! New Wii U-only Rayman Legends demo coming

Ubisoft allegedly understands your outrage over the Rayman Legends multi-platform news and is ready and willing to soothe the pain with... a brand new demo! And not just any demo -- like the original demo, this one will be al...

Tony Ponce

2:15 PM on 02.06.2013

Ubisoft: gaming is no longer for geeks

Before this generation, there was only one type of person who played videogames -- geeks. Ubisoft had to cater to these subhuman specimens of societal failure, and Ubisoft loathed every mournful second of every miserable day....

Jim Sterling

9:00 PM on 02.03.2013

No Metal Gear Rising on Wii U until Konami sees demand

Remember when Kojima Productions' Yuji Korekado said that Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance wasn't coming to the Wii U because the GamePad is some mystical artifact whose secrets the gods themselves can't unlock? Well, a re...

Tony Ponce

5:30 PM on 01.30.2013

US senator definitively claims games are worse than guns

Many politicians will heavily imply that videogames are far more lethal than weapons designed to be lethal, but U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander has taken the idiot ball and ran for the hills with it clasped in his gnarled t...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 01.10.2013

Connecticut town cancels game destruction plans

Southington SOS, the group that had planned to physically destroy "violent" videogames in order to save the world from guns, has decided to back down and cancel the event. Claiming it had achieved what it wanted to, the group...

Jim Sterling



Connecticut town physically destroying violent videogames photo
Connecticut town physically destroying violent videogames
by Jim Sterling

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, yet more rudderless speculators have seized upon the opportunity to blame violent videogames, because that'll always be easier than trying to solve actual problems. So it is that one town's offering to physically destroy the things.

Polygon reports that SouthingtonSOS, a group dedicated to organizing help during times of crisis, has planned the destructive spectacle for January 12. Children are being invited to bring their games to the symbolic execution, where they can be exchanged for local restaurant coupons. Carelessly pass the buck for dangerous crimes, and get some free chicken strips out of it. What scamp could resist!?

"The group's action is not intended to be construed as statement declaring that violent video games were the cause of the shocking violence in Newtown on December 14th," said the group, before contradicting itself. "Rather, SouthingtonSOS is saying is that there is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and Movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying.

"Social and political commentators, as well as elected officials including the president, are attributing violent crime to many factors including inadequate gun control laws, a culture of violence and a recreational culture of violence."

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Sega forcing removal of Shining Force videos on YouTube photo
Sega forcing removal of Shining Force videos on YouTube
by Tony Ponce

Over the past few days, Sega has been forcing YouTube users to remove uploaded videos of the Sega Saturn RPG Shining Force III lest their entire channels get shut down. While this is not an altogether uncommon practice for a company trying to protect its IP, the fact that Sega is targeting just specific content is rather curious. In any case, it's pretty damn heartless.

The likely reason for this action is that a new PSP installment in the Shining series, Shining Ark, will launch in Japan in February, thus Sega is afraid that consumers searching YouTube for trailers will find old gameplay footage instead and confuse the two. By extension, even videos of Shining the Holy Ark, another Saturn-era title, are being targeted because of the similar name.

Many YouTube channels have already been hit, including that of popular game critic TotalBiscuit, who has since removed all Sega content from his page out of disgust. No type of content was spared -- Let's Plays, walkthroughs, and random gameplay clips all got flagged. Hell, even videos of fans just talking about the Shining series with no accompanying game footage whatsoever are apparently copyright violations!

Remember earlier this year when the Internet took a stand against SOPA / PIPA? This was the kind of nonsense we were fighting against. This is unbelievably bad form. It makes no sense either, because why are just the Saturn Shining games catching most of the heat? Why isn't Sega going after the whole pie? If you are going to be a dick, don't stop in mid-f*ck.

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11:00 AM on 10.29.2012

Game dev writes off single-player as a mere 'gimmick'

In a statement that may cause the weaker-minded to crumble into a pile of insane confusion, Gogogic CEO Jonas Antonsson has declared that solo gaming experiences are nothing but a gimmick and not what games are supp...

Jim Sterling



EA accidentally gives away thousands of PC games photo
EA accidentally gives away thousands of PC games
by Jim Sterling

Electronic Arts was offering a $20 voucher in exchange for the completion of a survey this weekend. A fair enough trade, until gamers worked out that EA hadn't thought things through properly, and left open several loopholes through which people gained tons of free games. 

It was first deduced that the voucher could be obtained by anybody, regardless of whether or not they undertook the survey. To make matters worse, users could get two discount codes by applying through EA's website and Origin itself. That's before it got really bad -- when it was discovered that, by deleting one's cookies, a person could get an unlimited number of codes, allowing them to basically download almost every $20 game EA had, for free. 

And download they did. Reddit and Overclockers spread the word, and soon users walked away with thousands of digital goods under their virtual arms. The only games spared were those released within the month, Valve titles, and The Old Republic, as they were ineligible from the start.

It was suggested that EA might punish users who took advantage of this, but it's since been revealed that the publisher has written off the loss and will honor all purchases. Pretty cool, though I have to wonder how many folks are being shitcanned for this rather immense flub.

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10:00 AM on 10.10.2012

Microsoft committed to Microsoft Points on Xbox Live

With talk of Microsoft Points being phased out of Windows 8, because they're dumb, people were hoping the pretend coins would eventually be phased out of Xbox Live, because they're dumb. However, Microsoft has said that MS Po...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 10.05.2012

Politician declared unfit for office due to WoW habit

Maine State Senate democratic candidate Colleen Lachowicz has been slammed by the Republicans for a violent history of assassination, poisoning, and dickpunching. In World of Warcraft. For crying out loud. Maine Republic...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 10.04.2012

Sony confuses with ridiculous PS Vita commercial

[Update: So this actually IS for a game called Box! Open Me, not the Vita in its entirety. My derp. Still, it's no less weird and confusing, so there you go. Weeeeeird.] Sony Japan unleashed a new PlayStation Vita commercial...

Jim Sterling