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Fans petition for return of Xbox One DRM policies

Fans are petitioning Microsoft to bring back the restrictive DRM policies previously planned for the Xbox One, asking for a return to online check-ins and demolished ownership rights. Elsewhere, dogs around the world are asking owners to bu...

 
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EA censors its own support number on its forums

[Editor's note: As I indicated in the third paragraph, I assumed that blocking the phone number on the forums has likely been a long-standing practice. As ZiggyMoff posted in the comments, Valve does something similar -- replaces the phone ...

 
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Game Debate to the Death! Most loyal game company?

Last week we debated over which of the Dead Space games was most worthy of a trophy, and it was great reading through your comments that brought up gameplay, visuals, scare factors, and other elements to judge the series on. Here are the to...

 
War Z accused of fraud
The launch of a survival-based zombie MMO should be a joyous occasion, with children singing songs of gratitude and greatness. With The War Z's arrival on Steam, however, the only songs being sung are those of deceit and...   read

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PS Vita firmware locks memory cards to a single account

Aside from making a spectacular joke out of the Vita's PSOne compatibility, Vita firmware 1.80 has done something else that isn't pleasing users -- it's quietly tied memory cards to a single PSN account. Before, Vita users were able to...

 
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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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[Update: Ubisoft has publicly acknowledged the security flaw, and has issued a patch for all affected games. The patch will be a forced game update, and it's recommended to be run with your browsers closed. A new version of t...   read

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Sony patents plan to interrupt games with commercials

You can't count on a publisher to be original or inventive when it comes to our entertainment, but they always seem brilliantly innovative when it comes to selling us more crap. Sony is today's bright little star, having patented a way to i...

 
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Nintendo wants digital and retail to be priced the same

Nintendo, always so close and yet so far. As the publisher makes baby steps toward the 21st Century by offering full digital versions of its retail games, president Satoru Iwata believes that the ethereal options will not prove monetarily s...

 
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Thank Christ: Xbox Live to feature even more advertising!

You wanted it, Microsoft's bringing it! In the new future, the Xbox Live service that you paid for will be using your patronage to score even more money off of advertisers! More TV-like commercials will soon be airing on a number of Xbox Li...

 
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DRM will go away when Ubisoft gets what it feels its owed

Ubisoft has won no fans with its insistence on using anti-consumer DRM measures in its PC games, but the European publisher doesn't want it to be that way. In fact, digital boss Chris Early thinks DRM's days are numbered, just as soon as PC...

 
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Ubisoft's PS Vita bullsh*t is truly incredible

The PlayStation Vita isn't even officially on widespread sale yet, but Ubisoft has wasted zero time in exploiting it for an easy buck. The publisher has never been afraid to fill a system with ports and retreads, but its behavior on the Pla...

 
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Sony: No PSP-to-PS Vita transfer program for America

Sony has decided that, unlike in other territories, there will be no PSP-to-Vita transfer program in North America, barring the possibility of PSP owners obtaining games they already physically own at a discount. You want to play your PSP U...

 
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EA's new Theme Park game is a rotten scam

Electronic Arts is resurrecting Theme Park on iOS, but if you think that's Bullfrog's charming little simulation game has returned, you're in for a sour awakening. EA has made it a "freemium" game, which wouldn't be so bad if the concept of...

 
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Online passes can expire, too!

Just when you thought that online passes couldn't get more amazing, it's been discovered that they can expire, locking brand new copies of games out of various multiplayer modes. What a brilliant new feature.  Attention was called to t...

 
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EA forum bans are still locking users out of games

A while ago, Electronic Arts landed itself in hot water after locking one of its customers out of Dragon Age II due to a transgression committed on EA's forums. While the situation was eventually resolved, it seems EA never stopped screwing...

 
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Famitsu: PS Vita memory cards are a 'requirement'

When a company sells an optional add-on to a product, one usually assumes that it is just that -- optional. According to Famitsu, however, the PlayStation Vita's expensive memory cards aren't something you can just ignore, with some games r...

 
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Battlefield 3 PS3 didn't come with 1943 as promised

Earlier in the year, Electronic Arts said (via Sony's Jack Tretton) that Battlefield 3 on the PS3 would ship with a free copy of Battlefield 1943 -- a potentially sweet selling point for the deal-conscious gamer. Well, it wasn't u...

 
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The Jimquisition: Used Videogames Have A Right To Exist

Publishers would have you believe that used games are the biggest threat to the games industry. Even gamers will sympathize with these huge companies and equate the used market with piracy. Unlike piracy, however, used games have plenty of...

 
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Driver: San Francisco dev defends 'always on' DRM

Ubisoft Reflections founder Martin Edmonson has defended "Always On" DRM, which requires gamers to permanently be online so they can constantly prove their innocence to Ubisoft. Despite Driver: San Francisco relaxin...

 
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Risen goes on sale, Steam runs out of activation keys

Deep Silver's roleplaying game Risen is currently on sale for Steam right now, but we're advising you not to buy it. Not because of the game's quality, but because if you buy it right now, you won't be able to play it. Apparently failing to...

 
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So, looks like Apple may charge for iPad OS updates

Not content to release a $700 slab of pointlessness, it appears Apple will be following a business model familiar to iPod Touch users and cheekily charge users for future firmware upgrades. The implication comes from Apple's EULA, which was...

 
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Dear 360 owners, don't use unauthorized memory devices

Planning to update your 360 as part of the Microsoft Preview Program that is kicking into gear next week so that you can hang out with the cool kids over Twitter and do other awesome stuff that people not in the preview program can't do? So...

 
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Subscribed to EGM? Enjoy your new Maxim subscription!

EGM died a painful and cruel death, but its legacy has been done justice. Those still subscribed to the (officially) dead magazine need not worry that their money was spent unwisely, because instead of EGM, they will now instead be receivin...

 
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The most blatant PSP rip-off the world will ever see

Ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce the Geda VX690HD, perhaps the most blatantly obvious rip-off in the world. You almost have to congratulate Geda for summoning the kind of stones required to release a system that doesn't even try and l...

 
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Rumortoid: Nolan Bushnell to keynote ScrewAttack Gaming Conference

You'd never believe what happened to me today: I was out jogging with pineapples (as I usually start my week) when I slammed head-first into a six foot bird. He began spewing all kinds of nonsense about an Ironman of Gaming so I challenged ...

 
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Gamestop: Ending second-hand sales will 'upset' customers

The debate over second-hand games rages on, and if you are a regular reader of Destructoid, you'll quickly learn that most of us don't quite see eye-to-eye with EA, David Braben and Epic on this one. Second-hand games are awesome, and the g...

 
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Yoink!: UPS employees lifting GTA IV

It seems that the parade of pundits angrily shaking their fists as they list the myriad ways in which videogames would be the downfall of civilization may have been on to something. According to the fine folks at Ars not even 24 hours befor...

 
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Arizona man pays $400 for Wii, opens box to find a block of wood

I'm not sure what annoys me more: the fact that this poor guy was duped by some jerk who decided to sell him a $400 chunk of firewood, or that the writer from ABC calls the item "A Wii game" repeatedly in her article about the inc...

 
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Nintendo DS involved in a price-fixing scandal in Japan

Worry not; Nintendo isn't the bad guy here. But you should know that your precious Nintendo DS is somehow involved in a price fixing scandal between two LCD makers in Japan.Sharp and Hitachi, two of Japan's largest electronics companies, we...

 

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JayfromtheSun

I will be very glad to be over the

 
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

 
vxxyman

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

 
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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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