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  • 10:53 PM on 01.23.2009  

    Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings on Wii!

    Yay they finally annonced it! Here's the trailer from Lucas:



    I currently work on the game and i can assure you that's it a solid title with plenty to do/unlocks. I hope you guys will enjoy it when it comes out! :-D
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    12:32 PM on 11.11.2008  

    Montreal devs caught in salary price fixing!

    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.

    Also, the e-mail that leaked is here: http://www.maxconsole.net/content_img/hremailub.jpg

    The full transcript is here: http://www.maxconsole.net/?mode=news&newsid=33611

    I currently am a Montreal dev working at A2M, so that news hit home quite hard...
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    11:12 AM on 10.30.2008  

    EA i have another beef with you!

    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!

    Oh and FUCK YOU EA!

    Original article http://kotaku.com/5070957/backtalk-in-eas-forums-get-banned-from-your-games
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    3:34 PM on 09.17.2008  

    EA Store, I have a new beef with you!

    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!
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    2:06 PM on 09.03.2008  

    Chrome's insane ToS!

    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.
    "

    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.

    Full story (from a lawyer's perspective) can be found here:
    http://tapthehive.s483.sureserver.com/chrome.html
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    9:31 AM on 08.05.2008  

    No Left 4 Dead on PS3?

    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."

    Original article over at Kotaku : http://kotaku.com/5033106/ps3-left-out-of-left-4-dead
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    9:49 AM on 08.04.2008  

    Final Fantasy VII PS3 on August 16!

    Caught your attention right? Probably a mistake from bestbuy, but it would still be nice to ask Square again when they are releasing it :-P. From Kotaku : http://kotaku.com/5032652/best-buy-advertising-final-fantasy-vii-ps3
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    8:00 PM on 07.31.2008  

    Lenneth in Soul Calibur 4!

    Like i promised over on Tomopop, here is my Lenneth in Soul Calibur 4!



    I know that the thing on top of her helmet isn't supposed to be there, but i can't get it off :-P. Also, i'll need to change her robe at some point, it isn't exactly like that, but it fits well.

    Overall reactions from people on the internet are great! They totally love her! I think that's why i won so often, people were amazed at the character creation possibilities :-P. I'll be making Hrist soon after that with Hilde's style or Seung Mina. For now, i'll continue to learn Sophitia's moves to improve Lenneth. Here's another pic!



    Feel free to post pictures of your characters too!
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    9:18 PM on 07.16.2008  

    Worst trailer of all time!

    Duke... Nukem... Trilogy!

    You have to see it for yourselves, it is truly pathetic. Looks like a high school project.

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    3:49 PM on 05.02.2008  

    If people think GTA4 is violent, check this out...

    This is a video that shows Paris's ghetthos and gangs ruling the streets. Police have absolutely no control over what's going on over there, GTA4 is nothing compared to that. Yes i know that this is a directed video, but believe me, the gangs/ghetthos are really like that over there. Also the music rocks.


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    10:30 AM on 05.01.2008  

    Wii Exposed: The Secret that Nintendo Tries to Ignore

    Over at gamefunk, excel made an analysis over which system sucks the most for games and the winner is.... the Wii!

    "The Wii, released alongside the PS3 in November 2006, has seen a considerable 189 games released. Of these titles, a whoping 69, or 37% are complete trash. On the flipside, there are only 20 good games, making up a minuscule 11% - and of those 20, 4 of them are ports of last generation PS2/Gamecube games! What happened?"

    You can read the whole article at http://gamefunk.net/?p=57

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    3:52 PM on 11.27.2007  

    Rock Band forum is down

    I was writing in the rock band forums after all the outrage and woah... the forum is down o_O. Is it because there is too much outrage or is it pure coincidence?

    Latest news from the forum were that some people had their 100$ reimbursed, but they still didn't get their guitar. Does that mean that they will not ship any new guitars to these people, i dunno.

    Seriously my personal take on the subject is that EA wants to drag the Rock Band name in the mud so it can release it's own band rythmn game and own the competition (EA only distributes the game... and probably made a lot of pressure to assure that the game shipped early for X-Mas).
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