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Dynasty Warriors implicated in school shooting


Camp hack n' slash can feed your 'Darkest Thoughts'
Dec 17
// Jim Sterling
As if the circular blame game surrounding violent crime wasn't bad enough, one particular British tabloid has decided to implicate Dynasty Warriors in the Adam Lanza school shooting. Yes, we've moved on from Mass Effect and a...
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Mass Effect and more attacked over school shooting


Angry mob goes after games when media misleads them
Dec 15
// Jim Sterling
Yesterday, the mainstream media sunk to a new low in its rush to build the latest death circus. Following a horrific school shooting in a Connecticut kindergarten, news sources -- chiefly CNN -- jumped to dangerous speculatio...
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Racists call BioShock Infinite a white-killing simulator


'Looks like a Jew trying to piddle on old small America'
Dec 14
// Jim Sterling
The BioShock series has never been shy of offering political critique, and BioShock Infinite is biting closer to home than previous installments. The game themes itself around nationalism, racism, and what can happen when the...
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Nintendo blames Germany for dumb Wii U eShop restrictions


18-rated games locked until 11pm each night
Dec 10
// Jim Sterling
Nintendo has confirmed German law as the reason for a stupid restriction that stops European eShop customers buying 18-rated games like ZombiU during the day. Because Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, all of Europe is l...
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Europe: 18-rated Wii U eShop games locked until 11pm


Adults forced to wait up to buy games
Dec 07
// Jim Sterling
Reports around the Internet, including NeoGAF, have revealed an irritating age restriction on the European Wii U eShop. Regardless of whether you have a child account or not, you're unable to purchase 18-rated games until 11p...
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Hollywood desperate enough to do Company of Heroes movie


Movie makers scrabble pitifully for ANY existing IP
Dec 04
// Jim Sterling
The film industry has become a pathetic hive of regurgitation and desperation lately, as a world of competing entertainment drives producers to commission endless reboots and sequels -- anything that an audience will instant...
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THQ backtracks on Wii U 'horrible CPU' comments


Blames other people for a man saying a thing
Nov 22
// Jim Sterling
THQ global communications manager Huw Beynon is in damage control mode after a Metro: Last Light developer was quoted as saying the Wii U has a, "Horrible, slow CPU." Rather than take any responsibility, Beynon has of co...
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3DS outsold PS Vita 47:1 last week in Japan


INSTANT KILL
Nov 16
// Tony Ponce
The PS Vita is selling poorly all over the world, even in the handheld-loving Japan. But to truly understand just how poorly, you have to measure the numbers against those of the 3DS. According to Media Create sales tracker d...
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Windows 8 will bar 'adult' content from its store


Big Brother is watching you while you buy games elsewhere
Oct 11
// Jim Sterling
Tech blogger and programmer Casey Muratori has been talking about the level of God-like control Microsoft intends to wield over Windows 8, including the fact that it intends to block the sale of adult-rated games on the ...
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On-disc DLC allegedly found for Resident Evil 6


Capcom caught in a lie?
Oct 08
// Jim Sterling
Despite Capcom pledging to reassess its downloadable content practices and step away from selling stuff it's already shipped to us, modders claim to have caught it in a lie. According to those who've cracked into the code, Re...
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Politician declared unfit for office due to WoW habit


WoW players cannot politics!
Oct 05
// Jim Sterling
Maine State Senate democratic candidate Colleen Lachowicz has been slammed by the Republicans for a violent history of assassination, poisoning, and dickpunching. In World of Warcraft. For crying out loud. Maine Republic...
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Ubisoft wants free-to-play model in more $60 games


Another major publisher finds its next buffet
Sep 28
// Jim Sterling
Free-to-play was a good idea, and some surprisingly great games were coming out of the market. Then the big publishers took notice and decided to go overboard. Not only is Ubisoft planning a slew of F2P games to flood the mar...
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EA re-releases FIFA 12 as FIFA 13 on Wii


Selling you the same game twice
Sep 28
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has been caught red-handed selling a barely updated re-release as a full sequel. While it's often hard to tell the difference with sports games, it's really bad this time, since the Wii version of FIFA 13 real...
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Team Ninja: Dead or Alive fans demand bigger breasts


Gaming's sleaziest AAA dev justifies its large wobblers
Sep 27
// Jim Sterling
Team Ninja's Yohei Shimbori has been justifying his studio's love of massive breasts with inhuman wobble physics, claiming that while international distributors want the breasts toned down, fans are demanding even bigger...
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Publishers accused of trying to exploit Kickstarter


Corporations want free money now
Sep 19
// Jim Sterling
If a known developer is using Kickstarter to fund its next game, be careful -- the money might end up getting used to ostensibly give a major publisher a new game for free. Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart has revealed that...
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PS3 user? Mad about Skyrim's DLC snub? Just stop crying!


Xbox fans dish out advice to PS3 users
Sep 05
// Jim Sterling
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim received it's Hearthfire home-building DLC this week, but only if you have the Xbox 360 version. PC users will have to wait, while PS3 users haven't even got Dawnguard -- and may never get it. Natu...
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Book of Memories gets new screens, fans go apeshit


The purists sink lower and lower
Aug 31
// Jim Sterling
Konami uploaded some new Silent Hill: Book of Memories screens to its Facebook page, which yet again invited a slew of hatred and animosity from a fanbase enraged at the existence of a spin-off portable game. So incensed are ...
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Zynga apes Pokemon with suspiciously similar Montopia


Gotta copy 'em all!
Aug 30
// Jim Sterling
Oh Zynga, will you ever learn? Despite being embroiled in a lawsuit against fellow evildoer Electronic Arts, those wacky rouges at Zynga are hard at work with another "inspired" game -- Montopia.  Montopia casts you in ...
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Mobile sites accused of charging developers for reviews


Sinister plots in a hive of rats
Aug 30
// Jim Sterling
iOS developer Andrew Smith has accused several mobile sites of demanding money in exchange for timely reviews. A number of outlets are allegedly demanding anywhere between $5 and $150 for the privilege of their summ...
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PSOne Classics on Vita listed (it's already gone stupid)


Aug 27
// Jim Sterling
Although Sony promised over a hundred PSOne Classics would be available with the PS Vita's next firmware update, the truth is not quite so tantalizing. In North America, it turns out that only nine PSOne games will be purchas...
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EA vs. Zynga: EA claims it's a game industry defender!


Aug 21
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts' delusions of grandeur have reached new heights this week, as the company continues to milk its lawsuit against Zynga for cheap applause and gamer cred. Its latest claim? The lawsuit positions Electronic Arts ...
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NSMB2 costs more on eShop than retail in UK


Aug 13
// Jim Sterling
As if determined to prove that it can't make digital distribution work, Nintendo has decided to make its eShop purchases less attractive than ever by charging more for the downloadable version of New Super Mario Bros. 2 than ...
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Silent Hill HD Collection patch canceled on Xbox 360


Aug 08
// Jim Sterling
Good news: Silent Hill HD Collection has been patched following reports of frankly grotesque problems with the unfinished code.  Bad news: This patch will only be available to PlayStation 3 customers. If you bought the X...
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Police commissioner: Games cause knife crime


Aug 06
// Jim Sterling
A New South Wales police commissioner has blamed videogames for knife crime in Australia, claiming that games incentivize murder, vehicular damage, and rape.  "How can it not affect you if you’re a young adolescent...
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Watch guy get 1,000,000 coins in New Super Mario Bros. 2


Jul 31
// Jim Sterling
Here is a video of a person who played New Super Mario Bros. 2 for three days straight in order to achieve the 1,000,000 coin goal that serves as the 3DS sequel's metagame. What fabulous prizes lie in wait for those who have...
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Batman: Arkham Asylum Steam Keys fail due to DRM


Jul 30
// Jim Sterling
I hate DRM with a passion, but I feel I owe its creators a fruit basket. After all, it gives me more free target practice than the rest of this industry's bullshit. Take what's been happening with Arkham Asylum -- new purchas...

Ubisoft's Uplay DRM poses security risk (Update)

Jul 30 // Jim Sterling
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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...

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EA thinks Dead Space was too scary to be single-player


Jul 20
// Jim Sterling
[Update: Despite what Penny Arcade suggests, I still stand by the prevailing assessment of EA's words. The "scariness" was clearly presented as a negative. You don't say, "they love the thriller game, but ..." without the "bu...
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iOS MMO shamelessly rips off Torchlight


Jul 17
// Jim Sterling
Armed Heroes, a mobile MMORPG, is the latest game on iTunes to be caught shamelessly stealing stuff from other studios. The victim this time is Torchlight, with Runic Games' Travis Baldree calling out the thieving party -- EG...
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Ubisoft's PC DRM broke due to Steam sales


Jul 16
// Jim Sterling
The Steam summer sale -- otherwise known as the Great Wallet Genocide -- has been destroying more than our financial security. It also brought Ubisoft's servers to its knees, causing its Uplay system to break and render a num...

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