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Ubisoft cancels uPlay passport, effectively immediately

Ubisoft's version of the online pass, designed to gate people out of online play unless they purchase a game new, is officially dead. The publisher has confirmed this on their blog, noting that due to customer complaints, you will no longer...

 
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EA won't bring back its Online Pass program

Given the policy reversal over Xbox One's DRM, it wasn't entirely out of the question that Electronic Arts would change its mind and want to keep the Online Pass program going. A stupid scenario, to be sure -- do you know anyone who even mo...

 
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EA says Online Passes weren't worth the PR damage

Shortly before the reveal of Xbox One, Electronic Arts finally announced it was scrapping its dreadful Online Pass system, due to "listening to the public." While the Xbox One's DRM-fueled strategy renders the Online Pass obsolete, EA is ad...

 
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Did Sony confirm DRM on PS4 after all? Not quite!

[Update: Sony has outright confirmed my initial interpretation. As reported by GameFront, Sony has stated that Tretton's use of the term "DRM" referred only to playing used games online. Essentially, they're talking about letting publishers...

 
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EA's Online Passes free on Xbox Live

[Update: EA has commented about the price, indicating that all previous Online Passes will become free on both XBLA and PSN "over the next several weeks."] It seems that EA wasn't just thinking about the Xbox One when it mentioned drop...

 
EA kills OnlinePass
Electronic Arts has today declared that it will be discontinuing use of its controversial (read: shitty) online pass system, no longer requiring an access code to unlock features. The scheme, put in place to make money off us...   read

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Jimquisition: Bullshit In Sheep's Clothing

Join Jim as he celebrates the 100th episode of Jimquisition ... and complains about EA. Again. Companies (mostly EA) have started to learn they can get away with pulling their familiar stunts by giving them a new coat of paint. We make jok...

 
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Assassin's Creed pirates and the safety of used games

In this latest installment of Office Chat, I'm joined by Jim Sterling and Jordan Devore to discuss rumors that Assassin's Creed IV will center around piracy on the high seas and express hope for the continued existence of a used games mark...

 
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Jimquisition: Companies Exist to Make Money

Jimquisition's had it wrong all this time. Videogame companies exist to make money, so it was foolish to ever suggest their anti-consumer policies are awful, reckless, and deserving of criticism. That was all sarcasm, just then.

 
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Online passes scrapped for Hitman: Absolution

Square Enix has decided that an online pass will no longer be required to play Hitman: Absolution's Contracts multiplayer mode. Even though there will exist copies of the game containing a code, it will not be required to access the online ...

 
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Jimquisition: In the Hall of the Mountain Dew

This week's Jimquisition is fueled by Mounting Dudes. Halo 4 is out this week, and if you've been paying any attention to its marketing, you'll know that you won't be able to enjoy it without the crisp, refreshing taste of M...

 
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Concept art shows off Halo 4's War Games Map Pass

Season passes can be a gamble, even with higher-profile games. That's why I've yet to pay up front for content that might not turn out to be great despite the savings associated with doing so. Halo 4 will get in on that action with its War ...

 
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Jimquisition: I hate videogames (because I love them)

Those who love videogames deeply enough will learn to hate them. There are two sides to this industry -- one worth cherishing, the other worth nothing more than scorn. Like a certain coin-flipping supervillain, the game industry has two fa...

 
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Jimquisition: Xbox 360 and PS3 Are Just Very Crap PCs

There was once a time when consoles had something that PCs didn't have. They were cheaper, easier to use, more convenient. They dominated the market because they dominated our need to be lazy and catered to. Then this generation happened. ...

 
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THQ offers more Darksiders II if you buy directly

THQ may have shifted gears when it comes to the once-planned downloadable content expansion of Saints Row, but things have not totally changed over there in regards to their DLC strategy. In a press release today, the publisher announced a ...

 
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Pokemon Conquest features a Dratini Pass

Pokemon Conquest arrived yesterday (just in time for E3 travel!) and, while rifling through the game's bundle of packaging material, I found this little pass code. The code, which is good for only one use, unlocks Dratini as a usable Pokemo...

 
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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 reasons why the g...

 
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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 operator, retailers ...

 
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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 ready for valida...

 
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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 "less than 1%" of E...

 
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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 needed was an o...

 
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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 innovation! "We want ...

 
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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 game will gain ac...

 
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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 shrug and go ab...

 
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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 attem...

 
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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 business tacti...

 
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The DTOID Show: Wii-U madness and Pokmon 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 Promi...

 
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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 was originally...

 
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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...   read

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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 suprising, because...

 

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JayfromtheSun

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sprode

Conan plays a Nintendo game, but its a game that existed at the start of a dead Good timing, very

 
Kaleido Ruby

Splat and Seek?

 
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Cant believe Ive already been on Destructoid for a Never found such a heartfelt yet hilarious community Thanks for making it great, everybody! The case study below is live footage of me visiting

 
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Lets play the waiting

 
Kaleido Ruby

Reached the end of Nights of Azure for an Not surprisingly, it is not the true ending, NG+ Ill take the time to reach it but the final boss in this game is apparently not the true final Even still, it was a pretty good

 
Torchman

Watching Jims latest Interesting how theres other companies pulling this that dont get nearly as much shit for it besides Konami and

 
taterchimp

Drunk on a Thanks,

 
Torchman

Better hope Europe and North America did Otherwise, good bye Star

 
Dark Chao

**reads Ratchet and Clank movie reviews** yelp, Im sure the 13 year old in me would have liked it!

 
StriderHoang

Jesus Christ it feels like Vinland Saga has been around forever and been through more arcs than a Naruto

 
Torchman

Didnt get that job I interviewed for last

 
Retrofraction

Found the Mega Man flash video I have been looking for the last 10 only it was

 
Double Monocles

Being a pack rat is not conducive to effective Diablo 3 inventory In a game about picking stuff up all the time youd think theyd give you enough room to store it all

 
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I got the achievement in Yakuza 3 where you have to pick up and grind for 30 pieces of trash on the Streams audio crapped out halfway through, I need a better wifi

 
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For Carp:

 
FunkyVideoGames

If you won a PlayStation 4 you must play all these PS4 Top Games

 
pk fire

Were the forums completely nuked?

 
Torchman

YOUR WAIFU IS SHIIIIT

 
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Germ Olympics update: Slowly getting Fever isnt bad anymore, but the violent coughing is a tough bastard to deal Last couple nights sucked

 
Confuseddalek

There is post about waifus on the main page, AND THE COMMENTS ARE You cannot have waifu wars without comments! Also, Sailor Venus, Popurri, and Aerith are the only acceptable waifus and everyone else is

 
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Along with the new issue of Weird NJ, I also picked a few

 
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Ive become addicted to Kill la Ryuko is

 
Sr Churros

Time to learn some Sonic ROM hacking tools, I guess!

 
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Destructoid have no talent on their staff and they area a bunch of fucking idiots - Total Biscuit, an adult man named after a

 
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Either I missed it or no one has reported it but GOG is having a bundle sale and you should go check

 
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Every time I turn on my Wii Im reminded how much better this console would have been if itd had a normal friend system and a real party chat

 
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Thank God for Jim Sterling showing just how messed up Youtubes copyright system is and gaming the hell out of

 
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I really wanna get something in this anime Steam sale, but Im saving my money! For the Nintendo Humble And Pocket Card

 
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So many Visual Novels on the new Steam Sale! im tempted to get some, but i think ill go for the fighting Yatagarasu, KoF2002 and Battle Fantasia (maybe) are on the top of my suggestion for a VN though?

 

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