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Fans petition for return of Xbox One DRM policies


Because of COURSE they do
Jul 10
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... read
EA being EA

EA censors its own support number on its forums


If nobody calls, it must mean nobody has any complaints!
Mar 16
[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... read

Game Debate to the Death! Most loyal game company?


SimDebate to the Metacritic Death!
Mar 08
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. ... read
Hammerpoint said to be lying about game's key features
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 feature

PS Vita firmware locks memory cards to a single account


Aug 28
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... read

Jimquisition: I hate videogames (because I love them)


Jul 30
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. read

[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 feature

Sony patents plan to interrupt games with commercials


May 25
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... read

Nintendo wants digital and retail to be priced the same


May 02
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... read

Thank Christ: Xbox Live to feature even more advertising!


Apr 25
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... read

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


Mar 23
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... read

Ubisoft's PS Vita bullsh*t is truly incredible


Feb 17
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... read

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


Feb 07
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 ... read

EA's new Theme Park game is a rotten scam


Dec 06
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... read

Online passes can expire, too!


Dec 03
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 ... read

EA forum bans are still locking users out of games


Nov 14
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... read

Famitsu: PS Vita memory cards are a 'requirement'


Oct 26
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, wi... read

Battlefield 3 PS3 didn't come with 1943 as promised


Oct 26
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. We... read

The Jimquisition: Used Videogames Have A Right To Exist


Sep 26
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... read

Driver: San Francisco dev defends 'always on' DRM


Sep 02
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 Fr... read

Risen goes on sale, Steam runs out of activation keys


Nov 14
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. Appare... read

So, looks like Apple may charge for iPad OS updates


Mar 31
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 ... read

Dear 360 owners, don't use unauthorized memory devices


Oct 18
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 progr... read

Subscribed to EGM? Enjoy your new Maxim subscription!


Jun 16
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 inst... read

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


May 11
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... read

Rumortoid: Nolan Bushnell to keynote ScrewAttack Gaming Conference


Feb 23
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 s... read

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


Nov 26
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 awe... read

Yoink!: UPS employees lifting GTA IV


Apr 28
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... read

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


Mar 07
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 articl... read

Nintendo DS involved in a price-fixing scandal in Japan


Feb 28
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 electronic... read

The nominees for ScrewAttack's first annual Shitty Ass Game of the Year Awards


Dec 17
Our friends at ScrewAttack are holding their first annual Shitty Ass Game of the Year Awards, or SAGYs for short. All the games on the SAGY list were nominated by gamers and anyone can vote on which game they think was the wo... read

ScrewAttack takes a look at PS3 exclusives ... Yeah, I know (Audio NSFW)


Nov 14
It has been out for a year and has a massive library of exclusive games, and by massive I mean I have been in Chad's Jeep with more people (This sad joke is actually true). It is the PSTriples. Our friends at ScrewAttack show... read






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