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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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9:00 AM on 11.26.2012

Nintendo says third party games look much better on Wii U

Reggie Fils-Aime took to CNN this weekend to deliver a steaming plate of juicy lies. In a talk with Kristie Lu Stout, the beefy boss of Nintendo of America claimed that the Wii U's third-party games looked "dramatically...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 11.09.2012

Molyneux struggles to see Nintendo do anything amazing

His Royal Highness, the Lord King of Promise Land, has issued a majestic decree that Nintendo is not doing anything impressive to his noble eyes. Claiming the Wii U does nothing to make him rush out and buy it, the creator of...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 10.08.2012

On-disc DLC allegedly found for Resident Evil 6

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...

Jim Sterling



Ubisoft claims 95% piracy rate, will go Free to Play photo
Ubisoft claims 95% piracy rate, will go Free to Play
by Jim Sterling

Ubisoft, the worst PC publisher on the planet, is now claiming that it suffers a 93-95% piracy rate on the platform. As a response, CEO Yves Guillemot promises it will jump into the free-to-play market. 

"The advantage of F2P is that we can get revenue from countries where we couldn't previously -- places where our products were played but not bought. Now with F2P we gain revenue, which helps brands last longer," he told Eurogamer"It's a way to get closer to your customers, to make sure you have a revenue. On PC it's only around 5-7% of the players who pay for F2P, but normally on PC it's only about 5-7% who pay anyway, the rest is pirated.

"It's around a 93-95% piracy rate, so it ends up at about the same percentage. The revenue we get from the people who play is more long term, so we can continue to bring content."

Guillemot makes this claim despite Ubisoft famously using gross DRM which it claims has never been cracked. So, either he's lying about the piracy, or the company's been lying about the effectiveness of its DRM. Of course, it's more than likely both claims are total bullshit, because Ubisoft has never been able to get its story straight on this stuff.

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11:00 AM on 08.21.2012

EA vs. Zynga: EA claims it's a game industry defender!

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 ...

Jim Sterling





9:15 AM on 06.18.2012

Origin cheapening IP with discounts up to 87.5%

Just the other week, Origin head honcho David DeMartini was having a pop at Valve by suggesting that its huge Steam sales cheapen the intellectual property involved and that we won't see EA's service playing a similar card. T...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 04.12.2012

Better Business Bureau says EA lied about Mass Effect 3

A few weeks back, when the backlash over Mass Effect 3 was at its height, a complaint had been filed with the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau. The complaints alleged that Electronic Arts lied about Mas...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 04.11.2012

Molyneux accepts 'personal failure' for Fable III

It's a glorious day, because I get to talk about the Molyneux Cycle once more. It's the method by which Molyneux attempts to make his next game look good by trash talking the last one he made -- the last game being one he hyp...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 03.14.2012

Molyneux: Milo was too emotional for the games industry

Remember Milo, the digital child-creature that Peter Molyneux demoed at E3 so long ago? It promised interaction on a level that would make Skynet jealous, but it disappeared after all the hype. Why was it thrown on the scrap ...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 02.24.2012

PS3 has been 'hitting its stride' for the past four years

Last week, Sony's Jack Tretton announced that the PlayStation 3 has just started hitting its stride. Does that corporate line sound familiar? It should do, because Sony's claimed that the PS3 has just "hit its stride" on thre...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 11.24.2011

The Sun accuses Microsoft of 'Cyber Fraud' cover up

The Sun's cabal of sleazy liars hate being dismissed, and when they've got an axe to grind, they've demonstrated they'll pursue their victims with frightening obsession. Microsoft is the latest target, with the tabloid accusi...

Jim Sterling



EA surrenders, gives Battlefield 3 PS3 users their 1943 photo
EA surrenders, gives Battlefield 3 PS3 users their 1943
by Jim Sterling

After incurring Internet rage and a class action suit, Electronic Arts has finally given up and made good on its broken promise to give Battlefield 3 PS3 owners a free digital copy of Battlefield 1943. Every now and then, angry gamers can hold a publisher to account!

EA has set up this website which contains information on how to obtain a 1943 voucher. The vouchers will appear on November 26 in Europe, December 10 in North America and December 17 in Japan. 

1943 was originally promised for PS3 users at E3, but when Battlefield 3 released, it was nowhere to be found. EA quietly confirmed there was no free game on Twitter, angering fans and people who don't like being lied to. Eventually, a lawsuit was thrown EA's way. Sad it had to come down to legal threats in order to make the company fulfill a promise, but it worked. 

Now if only we could get EA to stop being such a penis about everything else. 

Battlefield 1943 Voucher Redemption [EA]

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8:00 AM on 11.21.2011

EA sued over lack of Battlefield 1943 in Battlefield 3

Electronic Arts is being sued over its broken promise of extra content in the PS3 version of Battlefield 3. The publisher said that a digital copy of Battlefield 1943 would be included in the game but failed to deliver, inste...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 11.15.2011

PS3-exclusive content not in Saints Row: The Third

At E3, THQ promised an exclusive gameplay mode (featuring the dildo bat) in Saints Row: The Third for PS3 users. It seems, however, that such a promise was not kept, with no extra PS3 features appearing whatsoever.  THQ ...

Jim Sterling

9:20 AM on 10.19.2011

EA Norway tries to manipulate Battlefield 3 review scores

Electronic Arts' Norwegian division was caught with its hands in the cookie jar earlier this week after a number of publications spoke out against its Battlefield 3 reviewer grooming process. The publisher was sending ou...

Jim Sterling