I've been gaming since the end of the 80's with my good old friend the NES, but soon after, her hotter sister the SNES caught my eye and we married. I re-married every 4-5 years after that, but that's unimportant.
Presently i work in the gaming field in Montreal and it's SWEET! Finally playing those games all my life has paid off. If someone wants you to stop playing games because "you won't get a job by playing games, blablabla" don't listen to them.
Waiting for: Final Fantasy XIII, Killzone 2.
Games currently sitting in my systems:
360 - Mass Effect
PS3 - Persona 3
Wii - i dunno, it's dusty
PSP - Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core
DS - Final Fantasy IV remake + FF4 in the GBA port yay
PC - I think Fallout 3 is in my dvd drive
This news leaked today about Montreal devs (Ubisoft, Eidos and possibly EA/A2M) caught price fixing salary employees not to make competition between them. Here is the full transcript:
A former mid-level manager (of whom we do not previously know) has got in touch with us to potentially expose what is a very disturbing alleged occurrence in the games industry. On the condition of anonymity, he has revealed attempts of Montreal gaming studios to fix salaries of employees and rampant spying by Ubisoft Montreal on all emails to and from its competitors. The source (he was responsible for setting up the e-mail spying) forwarded us along an email between former director of HR at Eidos Montreal (Tremblay) to the Vice President of HR at Ubisoft Montreal (Baillet). In the email, Eidos note there is no benefit of raising salaries and hope the two companies do not so for competitive reasons and EA must be convinced to do the same.
All of this is indicated to be part of a larger problem in which Ubisoft Montreal spies on all emails to and from its competitors. All email is copied in the background to a special mailbox for executives to read (at least back in 2007) and essentially all Ubisoft employees have no privacy.
This 'leak' must be strictly treated as a rumor as we can not guarantee the validity of his claims or even the e-mail. It could just be an angry and sour ex-employee. The source has told us that he left the gaming industry back in 2007 as he got a 'better' job.
This was posted recently on Kotaku and i'm pretty sure that everyone here will be as outraged as I am:
"Your forum account will be directly tied to your Master EA Account, so if we ban you on the forums, you would be banned from the game as well since the login process is the same. And you'd actually be banned from your other EA games as well since its all tied to your account. So if you have SPORE and Red Alert 3 and you get yourself banned on our forums or in-game, well, your SPORE account would be banned to. It's all one in the same, so I strongly recommend people play nice and act mature."
"All in all, we expect people to come on here and abide by our ToS. We hate banning people, it makes our lives a lot tougher, but its what we have to do.
Those banned will stay banned, but like most other internet services, its not that hard to create a new fake e-mail account. However, its a lot harder to get a new serial key =)"
I'm not even sure that's LEGAL. Banning someone from the forums is one thing, but banning someone from their legally bought games is another! I don't see why people would buy EA products anymore if they endorse rules like that. Gogo piracy!
BlindsideDork i love you, that's why i used the same header because we share the same hate, the one about being treated UNFAIRLY!
I pre-ordered my copy of CE WAR the day it was anounced (26th March), but EA sent me a cute e-mail today saying...
"Thank you for ordering on EA Store (US). Unfortunately, the product(s) you've ordered is currently out of stock and could not be shipped. The product(s) has been placed on back-order and will be shipped as soon as possible when the stock becomes available. You will receive another e-mail notification when your order has actually shipped. If you paid by credit card on our site, your credit card has been pre-authorized, but you will NOT be charged until the product ships. If you pre-paid using an alternate payment method, we will hold your funds until the product ships. Thank you for your patience and understanding."
Out of stock? Back-ordered? I pre-ordered my copy the same day it was announced! Pre-ordering means you keep me a copy! WTF EA? Once again EA strikes... but i sent back my reply and it looks like this:
"I pre-ordered Warhammer Online Collector's Edition back on March 26th, the day it was announced to the press. I immediatly went to your website to pre-order it, meaning that i was probably in the first (remember there were 60000 of them). Pre-ordering a product means that you guys will hold a copy for me, just like Gamestop does it. You guys have let me down by not having a copy ready for me. Will i still be able to play WAR while i wait for my copy? I can go back to WoW you know? WotLK will be out soon.
Please ship my copy ASAP as this was your duty to do it. I'm pretty sure you guys don't need anymore bad press about EA sucking, so fix it! I will blog this out on Destructoid.com until i get my copy."
I stayed pretty diplomatic without cursing (but i wanted to) and i do hope that my message gets across at EA store. They can't accept pre-orders if they can't deliver them!!! I'm not even sure if i'll be able to play after the head start with all of this. Anyways, stay AWAY from EA Store at all costs!
Being gamers, we rarely read the ToS of our softwares... Who am I kidding? We NEVER read the ToS of our software! However, there is one ToS that you internet users, might be interested in reading.
Google's new browser Chrome, has a ToS that contains some nasty specifications that will probably scare any artist/designer reading this:
"1. Content license from you
11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.
11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.
11.3 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.
11.4 You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.[/b]"
Chrome is definitely faster than Firefox, but are you ready to let go anything you put on the internet? Even this blog i'm writing right now could be their possesion with this ToS.
At first there was no Left 4 Dead on the PS3. Yesterday there was plenty of news about Left 4 Dead going on PS3 with EA being the one who develops it in-house. Now Valve is saying that there is no Left 4 Dead in production?
"There is no PS3 version of Left 4 Dead currently in production."