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8:30 AM on 07.10.2013

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 aski...

Jim Sterling


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




1:00 PM on 03.16.2013

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 -- repl...

Tony Ponce

6:15 PM on 03.08.2013

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. ...

Tom Fronczak



The War Z launches on Steam amid accusations of fraud photo
The War Z launches on Steam amid accusations of fraud
by Jim Sterling

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 betrayal. 

According to users (and the many tips we received!), The War Z defrauds customers by lying about key features and promising things that aren't even in the game. The game's store page makes many claims, most of which are said to be untrue.

"Hammerpoint is very deceptive with the information about the game, verse what is actually being provided and sold to us gamers," writes a very stern user review. "They want you to believe the game is something it's not. An example is the fabricated screenshots on the Official War Z Steam page. Those are all in fact not of actual in-game footage. Instead, those were staged which is confirmed by the developers themselves in a past interview.

"It's made to look like there are massive hordes of Zombies that you're trying to stay alive against. The truth is, turn those zombies into other survivors attempting to kill you and it would lean more towards the truth."

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8:00 AM on 08.28.2012

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 use...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 07.30.2012

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 faces, and it is our duty to support one side while despising the other. If we truly love videogames, we must accept that they deserve to be hated.

Jim Sterling



Ubisoft's Uplay DRM poses security risk (Update) photo
Ubisoft's Uplay DRM poses security risk (Update)
by Jim Sterling

[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 the Uplay installer is also available on its official site.

Ubisoft is yet to actually apologize for putting its customers at risk.] 

In today's episode of "Publisher's hurting consumers in order to help themselves," Ubisoft may have put gamers at serious risk with its Uplay DRM service. According to programmer Tavis Ormandy, major Ubisoft titles have a backdoor that can be used by malicious websites to take control of your PC. 

Uplay installs a browser plugin -- without warning the user -- which sites can exploit to gain access to your machine. It's highly recommended that anybody who has downloaded an Ubisoft game locate this plugin and delete it. It's commonly believed that this will eliminate the risk to the user. Search in your browser's add-ons/plugins section for "Uplay" and delete that sucker. It was initially believed to be a rootkit, but that is not the case. 

A list of games with the issue can be found below (courtesy of Rock, Paper, Shotgun), though personally it'll be a cold day in Hell before I let Ubisoft's games on my computer. Not just for this -- I'm frankly sick of that publisher's attitude toward the PC market. I think it's easier if we all just pretended it was a console-exclusive publisher. 

Meanwhile, of course, anybody who pirated these games ought to be playing risk-free, unpunished for they did not commit the crime of being a customer. Good going, Ubisoft! There are words that would have to be invented in order for me to adequately vocalize my disgust.

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10:00 AM on 05.25.2012

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 pate...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 05.02.2012

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 pro...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 04.25.2012

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 nu...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 03.23.2012

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, jus...

Jim Sterling





9:20 AM on 02.17.2012

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 beha...

Jim Sterling

2:00 PM on 02.07.2012

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 ...

Jim Sterling

8:14 AM on 12.06.2011

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...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 12.03.2011

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 ...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 11.14.2011

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 s...

Jim Sterling