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I'm having a hard time believing that
A few days ago, we learned about Era's Adventures 3D, a new Android game that stars an unlicensed character model of Mario's faithful mount Yoshi. It sounds incredibly ballsy that anyone would pull such a stunt and not antici...

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Rip-off Yoshi game

Yoshi shoots atomic snot in this Android rip-off


Era's Adventures 3D is the pinnacle of classiness
Feb 28
// Tony Ponce
I heartily enjoy smartphone gaming, but it's hard to defend mobile distribution platforms when shameless rip-offs that steal characters and assets wholesale from other, more popular games can find find shelf space without an...

How to steal from Elder Scrolls and not get away with it

Feb 08 // Allistair Pinsof
[embed]243819:46680[/embed] Limbo of the Lost's ending: No it doesn't make any more sense if you play it. Limbo of the Lost's development tells a tale of how a developer can lose integrity while fighting to get a game on shelves. One can say that the game industry itself is run on the rampant stealing and repeating of others' ideas. Limbo of the Lost stands out in this respect, as it is full of its own terrible, bizarre ideas -- though, no publisher took it lightly when they discovered it stole art assets from their games. Co-creators Steve Bovis and Tim Croucher began the journey to release in the early '90s, developing it for the Atari ST. Their publisher shut down the project due to the Atari ST's dwindling relevance on the market, so the two went back to the drawing board. The same thing happened again in 1995, when they developed the game for the no longer relevant Amiga 1200 and Amiga CD32. After years of learning 3D game design, the two went at it again but this time with *ahem* success. Limbo of the Lost released in Europe on September 28, 2007 and nearly a year later in the US. [embed]243819:46681:0[/embed] Feast your eyes on what the trailer exclaims are "realistic skin and bone" -- a real selling point for the title. Despite a decade of development, no one paid the game any mind upon release. Not until a site called GamePlasma (which now links to malware) took notice to some familiar locations: areas from The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Thief 3 were directly ripped and thrown into Limbo of the Lost with nary a change. Once this information got out -- brought forth by the always wonderful Rock, Paper Shotgun -- forum users gathered to see how deep the well went. Skulls from Diablo II! The freaking hand from Black & White! The developer's official site is a GeoCities page! Why is there concept art for a character called Cranny Faggot? Why is the developer promoting lighting and lip-syncing as features in 2007? The madness comes to a peak once the game is installed and played. The blend of terrible design filled with elements from familiar classics makes Limbo of the Lost a game unlike any other; an unintentional success -- successful at what, I don't exactly know. Instead of using others' assets to tie a plot together, an insane plot is devised to put together and justify the stolen areas of other games. The result is madness of a caliber that will likely never be achieved in a commercially released (and subsequently recalled) game again. Though I don't condone piracy, it only seems right with this title. [embed]243819:46682:0[/embed] Spotting the stolen assets makes for a strange form of trivia with Limbo of the Lost.
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The bizarre and very bad Limbo of the Lost
Limbo of the Lost is the stuff nightmares are made of (see above) and the stuff of lawsuits, as well. It's a perfect storm of all things terrible that makes a game in the adventure genre -- a genre that even at its worst can ...

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Omerta video

Be your own Don in Omerta - City of Gangsters


New strategy title from Kalypso
Jan 29
// Alasdair Duncan
Organised crime sim Omerta - City of Gangsters is giving you the chance to be the Don of Atlantic City, complete with your own crew of gangsters and on-the-nose nicknames. I like the look of this character creator, specifica...
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ArmA 3 devs to remain in jail after being denied bail


Buchta & Pezlar's situation seems to have worsened
Nov 16
// Harry Monogenis
Bohemia Interactive's Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta have been locked up for some 70 days now, having been arrested while on holiday on the Greek island of Lemnos. The two are accused by the Greek government of espionage ...
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Resident Evil 6 stolen, being sold for ludicrous amounts


Oh, naughty stealing!
Sep 03
// Jim Sterling
A small quantity of Resident Evil 6 copies have been thieved and are floating around Europe, waiting to be purchased. It was originally reported that a retailer in Poland had broken street date by a month, but Capcom has conf...
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Gun down ALL the animals in Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D


Aug 28
// Jordan Devore
It all started with an eloquent email from Destructoid's director of communications, Hamza Aziz: "Shoot the SH*T out of wild animals on the 3DS." I almost felt too guilty to highlight Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D when there...
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Xbox Live improves security, urges password updates


Jul 18
// Jim Sterling
Xbox Live has been tightening its security recently, with general manager Alex Garden detailing a range of improvements made to the service in order to protect we would-be victims. He has also suggested that all XBL users upd...
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iOS MMO shamelessly rips off Torchlight


Jul 17
// Jim Sterling
Armed Heroes, a mobile MMORPG, is the latest game on iTunes to be caught shamelessly stealing stuff from other studios. The victim this time is Torchlight, with Runic Games' Travis Baldree calling out the thieving party -- EG...
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Diablo III allegedly hacked as gold and items get stolen


May 21
// Jim Sterling
Diablo III has allegedly been hacked, with gold and items stolen from users. This is according to multiple reports around the Web from those claiming to be victims. One such victim is Eurogamer's Christian Donlan, whose accou...
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Man arrested for smuggling cocaine in his Xbox 360


May 06
// Kyle MacGregor
Driving around with mass quantities of illegal narcotics isn't exactly the smartest idea in the world, but if that's something you plan on doing you could learn a thing or two about what not to do from this tale about a man a...
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Daily Mail: Gamers 'trained' to shoot people in the head


May 01
// Jim Sterling
In a new story titled, "Are we creating a generation of murderers?," the panic merchants at the Daily Mail implies that hardcore gamers are "trained" to accurately shoot real firearms. The tabloid call this a "shocking revela...
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Kickstarter scandal time! Little Monster accused of scam


May 01
// Jim Sterling
It was going to happen. The moment Double Fine made headlines with its Kickstarter project, an invisible timer had been set, counting down to the inevitable crowdfunding scandals. Little Monster Productions is up for the chop...
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If Anders Breivik used COD to train to be a killer ...


Apr 20
// Jim Sterling
... I've been using Sonic the Hedgehog to learn how to fucking exercise.
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Ubisoft sued for 'ripping off' Assassin's Creed idea


Apr 18
// Jim Sterling
A science fiction author is suing Ubisoft after alleging that the premise of Assassin's Creed was stolen from his own novel, Link. John L. Beiswenger is a research engineer as well as a writer, and points to a number of ...
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Child molester caught red-handed thanks to DSi camera


Mar 29
// Jim Sterling
A 46-year-old British man may have gotten away with molesting a child, had the victim not been quick-witted enough to catch his criminal act on her DSi camera. Thanks to a 10-year-old girl and her game system, pedophile John ...
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'Legal'sounds illegally selling OC ReMix albums and more


Jan 25
// Tony Ponce
It's a good thing the government shut down Megaupload. With those crooks out of business, content creators can finally earn money for their hard work. People should be paying for their digital goods on a site like Legalsounds...
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No, really: An Ong-Bak videogame is in the works


Jan 17
// Jordan Devore
I don't know how to react to the news that Studio HIVE has acquired the rights to make a multiplatform game based on the Ong-Bak series. They have a production team working on the project, due out later this year, right now. ...
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Microsoft denies security problems with Xbox Live


Jan 16
// Jim Sterling
Despite a growing number of public reports, Microsoft has continued to deny any security problems with Xbox Live, claiming that any problems faced by Xbox 360 users aren't unique to the system. Basically, it's the "Look over ...
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Tips for securing your Xbox Live account


Jan 14
// Chris Carter
[Dtoider Magnalon has some great tips to protect your Xbox account from being hacked. - Kauza] Lately, we've been hearing stories of an increasingly alarming Xbox Live hacking issue, and the lack of care and concern that Micr...
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Developers of Firefall, Minecraft to join SOPA blackouts


Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
At this rate, January 18 is going to be a very productive day. Two more notable gaming companies that feel passionately enough about the Internet to shut down their sites for a day are joining the fight against SOPA and PIPA....

Xbox Live hacking is a very real problem

Jan 13 // Jim Sterling
Microsoft has indeed tried to blame a variety of third-party services. One of my contacts said that a customer service rep blamed third-party servers, while FIFA 12 has been accused of allowing exploits to take place. The one unifying strand in all these stories is Xbox Live, however.  A security flaw on Xbox.com has allegedly been discovered by one victim, who learned that indefinite password attempts allows a hacker to force his way into any Gamertag they like, just by learning the corresponding email address (which Microsoft itself makes easy) and assaulting the site with a password generator. Whether this is how the hackers are getting in remains to be seen, but it's the most credible idea so far, and it once again points to Microsoft.  For right now, the only advice one can give to those users wishing to protect themselves is this -- do not have a credit card attached to your Xbox Live Gamertag. You can renew your subscription or add Microsoft Points using pre-paid cards bought in stores, without the need to open a conduit to your bank account on Microsoft servers. It seems to be the best way to keep yourself safe. From what we've seen, this is a very real problem, but there are practical steps you can take to defend yourself. You're going to have to, because it seems Microsoft doesn't have what it takes to look after its own customers.
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Microsoft says that recent thefts targeting Xbox Live users are isolated incidents, and often tries to portrays the problems as phishing scams -- effectively blaming the consumer. However, an eyebrow-raising amount of comment...

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Mole Kart, the amazingly shameless iOS Mario Kart ripoff


Jan 10
// Jim Sterling
Ripoff games on iOS are nothing new, with no shortage of developers willing to trade their integrity for a handfull of dollars. Mole Kart is an almost beautiful in its utter, unapologetic, shamelessness.  As you can see...
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Game designer sentenced to death for spying/propaganda


Jan 09
// Jim Sterling
An Iranian-American game designer has been sentenced to death in Iran on charges of producing movies and games intended to subvert Middle Eastern regimes. Amir Mizra Hekmati allegedly admitted that he was in the employ o...
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Microsoft refunds Xbox Live scam victim


Jan 08
// Jim Sterling
It's easy to get swift compensation from Microsoft, should money be stolen from your Xbox Live account. All you have to do is make a public blog about it that gets reposted by nearly every single game coverage site on the Int...
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Xbox Live account hacked? Microsoft is there to not help!


Jan 06
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft's customer service is almost legendary in terms of how awful it is, but one woman in particular may have unlocked the Master Sword of incompetence. Susan Taylor awoke one day to find that her Xbox Live account ...
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Man gets cease & desist for fiddling with Skylanders toys


Dec 30
// Jim Sterling
Graphing calculator programmer Brandon Wilson likes to tinker with machines and post his findings online, for no reason other than entertainment and curiosity. Recently, he turned his attention to Skylanders, the unique game ...
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Grandpa gets face battered by cops over videogames


Nov 25
// Jim Sterling
A grandfather accused of shoplifting videogames during a Black Friday shopping spree got a smashed face and a throat full of blood after cops sent him sprawling to the floor. Stories as to what happened in the Buckeye Walmart...
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The Sun warns world of 'Xbox Cyber Fraud'


Nov 22
// Jim Sterling
Shitty tabloid The Sun has a CRIME EXCLUSIVE on its front page, warning Britain of a terrifying new problem -- Xbox Cyber Fraud! While the Sun claims thieves have "hacked" into Xbox Live accounts, it's nowhere near as scary. ...
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Two Razer Blade laptop prototypes stolen


Nov 14
// Alex Bout
In case you don't know, the Razer Blade is Razer's (overpriced) solution to breathing new life into PC gaming. Two of these monsters were stolen from the company's Bay area R&D labs over the weekend and Razer clearly does...

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