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3:00 PM on 05.14.2012

Jimquisition: Videogames Are A Luxury

A common argument used to defend the videogame industry from accusation of anti-consumerism is that games are a luxury, therefore nobody is entitled to them. A fair enough suggestion, but one that misconstrues a number of re...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 03.30.2012

Pachter: Orbis/PS4 to suffer if it blocks used games

Industry analyst Michael "Bumblecrumbs" Pachter has responded to rumors that Sony's next generation PlayStation will block used games, believing that the pros are far outweighed by the cons. According to the smooth opera...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 03.20.2012

Ninja Gaiden 3 online passes not working (Update)

[Update: I've been informed that the passes will go live for the PS3 version between 2pm and 5pm PT. Tecmo Koei is currently trying to hear back from Microsoft about the Xbox 360 version. Apparently they were supposed to be r...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 03.19.2012

EA closing servers for a number of games

Electronic Arts is closing down the servers for a number of games, including a few that required paid online passes to activate. A representative told Beefjack that dwindling activity on the games is the reason, and that "les...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 03.19.2012

Ninja Gaiden 3 review late due to online pass

Hey guys,So you might have noticed Ninja Gaiden 3 reviews have gone live around the Web. Where's ours? What sinister filling of a devil taco is this? Well, Tecmo Koei has decided in its wisdom that what Ninja Gaiden 3 really ...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 02.01.2012

Syndicate will NOT be using an online pass

While even EA's single-player games have found excuses to slip in an online pass, the co-op fueled Syndicate is confirmed to NOT use one at all. According to EA, it's all about encouraging gamers to play it ... what an innova...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 01.31.2012

Early Prototype 2 buyers to get 'Radnet Edition' upgrade

Activision is one of the few big publishers to shy away from putting online passes in its games, but with Prototype 2, it would seem the company is definitely looking to maximize brand new purchases. Early adopters of the ga...

Jim Sterling

7:00 PM on 01.30.2012

EA explains what SSX's online pass will entail

Though the inclusion of an online pass in a game with Electronic Arts' name attached to it does not come as a shock, word that SSX will follow the trend got the usual people riled up. I was prepared to perform the obligatory ...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 01.30.2012

Jimquisition: Trying to kill piracy makes it stronger

Piracy will never be destroyed entirely. It's a fact of life that some people just like to help themselves to freebies. However, not all pirates are in it for the discount, and some are actively driven to piracy by the very companies attempting to kill it. When you make your product harder to obtain and enjoy, all you do is breed an environment where pirates can thrive.

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 01.30.2012

Shocker: SSX has an online pass

The new SSX looks pretty damn fantastic, of that there is no denying. Still, Electronic Arts once again doesn't think it's good enough to sell new copies on its own merit, and hopes to force your hand with its favorite skeezy...

Jim Sterling

8:48 PM on 01.27.2012

The DTOID Show: Wii-U madness and Pokémon Photoshops

Happy Friday, everyone! Hopefully you all tuned into our live show today and won an XBLA code for the latest Orcs Must Die! DLC, but if not, don't worry! There will be plenty more giveaways in the near future - and that's a ...

Tara Long

5:45 PM on 01.27.2012

38 Studios explains Kingdoms of Amalur online pass

38 Studios has attempted to justify the content being gated behind an online pass in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. When asked why an entire quest line was being held to ransom in exchange for new sales, the developer said it...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 01.27.2012

Kingdoms of Amalur hides seven quests behind online pass

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a single-player game, but that hasn't stopped Electronic Arts from cramming an online pass into the game. We knew the pass was going to hide the game's Mass Effect tie-in armor, but now we kno...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 01.23.2012

Yep, Twisted Metal is getting an online pass

Despite David Jaffe stating he didn't want one, Twisted Metal is getting itself a lovely, shiny, pretty little online pass. Because inconveniencing all your customers is what gaming is all about.  It's absolutely not sup...

Jim Sterling

8:20 AM on 01.11.2012

Retailers: Drop online pass, and we'll share our profits

A number of retailers across the United Kingdom have said that, if publishers were to drop online passes and start offering better business terms, they'd be happy to offer a slice of pre-owned sales profits.  "As a retai...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 12.28.2011

Vita Hot Shots Golf requires a separate pass for online

[Update: Some that have bought the PSN version tell us that they did not need to buy the online pass to play online, and that it was included in the original price. Our apologies!] Minna no Golf 6, or what will be called Hot ...

Dale North