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UPlay

Ubisoft cancels uPlay passport, effectively immediately


Starting this week with Assassin's Creed IV
Oct 31
// Chris Carter
Ubisoft's version of the online pass, designed to gate people out of online play unless they purchase a game new, is officially dead. The publisher has confirmed this on their blog, noting that due to customer complaints, you...
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EA Online Pass

EA won't bring back its Online Pass program


Despite Xbox One changes, the program remains dead
Jun 20
// Jordan Devore
Given the policy reversal over Xbox One's DRM, it wasn't entirely out of the question that Electronic Arts would change its mind and want to keep the Online Pass program going. A stupid scenario, to be sure -- do you know any...
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EA says Online Passes weren't worth the PR damage


'Worst company of 2012/2013' reverses used game policies
Jun 13
// Jim Sterling
Shortly before the reveal of Xbox One, Electronic Arts finally announced it was scrapping its dreadful Online Pass system, due to "listening to the public." While the Xbox One's DRM-fueled strategy renders the Online Pass obs...
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Did Sony confirm DRM on PS4 after all? Not quite!


PS4 retains all the policies PS3 had, basically
Jun 11
// Jim Sterling
[Update: Sony has outright confirmed my initial interpretation. As reported by GameFront, Sony has stated that Tretton's use of the term "DRM" referred only to playing used games online. Essentially, they're talking about let...

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EA Online Passes for free

EA's Online Passes free on Xbox Live


All previous passes becoming free
May 30
// Patrick Hancock
[Update: EA has commented about the price, indicating that all previous Online Passes will become free on both XBLA and PSN "over the next several weeks."] It seems that EA wasn't just thinking about the Xbox One when it...

EA will be killing off the Online Pass

May 15 // Jim Sterling
That said, old habits die hard, and EA remains committed to its other content plans, including buckets of downloadable extras and the packaging of games as services. "We’re still committed to creating content and services that enhance the game experience well beyond the day you first start playing." Baby steps, I suppose! In any case, this is quite glorious. Quite glorious indeed. May the online pass die a most ignoble death across the vastness of the industry, may it be burned utterly, and may its ashes be scattered with contempt and scorn across the most arid of this harsh Earth's deserts.  Now ... let's prepare ourselves for the replacement microtransaction future! EA kills its controversial Online Pass program [GamesBeat]
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The sound you're hearing? My triumphant roar
Electronic Arts has today declared that it will be discontinuing use of its controversial (read: shitty) online pass system, no longer requiring an access code to unlock features. The scheme, put in place to make money off us...

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Jimquisition

Jimquisition: Bullshit In Sheep's Clothing


Jimquisition is a thing that happens!
Apr 02
// Jim Sterling
Join Jim as he celebrates the 100th episode of Jimquisition ... and complains about EA. Again. Companies (mostly EA) have started to learn they can get away with pulling their familiar stunts by giving them a new coat of pai...
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Office Chat

Assassin's Creed pirates and the safety of used games


Another casual discussion from the Dtoid news room
Feb 27
// Conrad Zimmerman
In this latest installment of Office Chat, I'm joined by Jim Sterling and Jordan Devore to discuss rumors that Assassin's Creed IV will center around piracy on the high seas and express hope for the continued existence of a used games market. Plus, we have a lovely discussion on variable pricing models for games, which pretty much boils down thinking there probably ought to be some of that.
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Jimquisition: Companies Exist to Make Money


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Feb 11
// Jim Sterling
Jimquisition's had it wrong all this time. Videogame companies exist to make money, so it was foolish to ever suggest their anti-consumer policies are awful, reckless, and deserving of criticism. That was all sarcasm, just then.
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Online passes scrapped for Hitman: Absolution


Rotten little habit, pleasantly broken
Nov 19
// Jim Sterling
Square Enix has decided that an online pass will no longer be required to play Hitman: Absolution's Contracts multiplayer mode. Even though there will exist copies of the game containing a code, it will not be required to acc...
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Jimquisition: In the Hall of the Mountain Dew


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Nov 05
// Jim Sterling
This week's Jimquisition is fueled by Mounting Dudes. Halo 4 is out this week, and if you've been paying any attention to its marketing, you'll know that you won't be able to enjoy it without the crisp, refres...
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Concept art shows off Halo 4's War Games Map Pass


$24.99 for three map packs
Oct 24
// Jordan Devore
Season passes can be a gamble, even with higher-profile games. That's why I've yet to pay up front for content that might not turn out to be great despite the savings associated with doing so. Halo 4 will get in on that actio...
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Jimquisition: I hate videogames (because I love them)


Jul 30
// Jim Sterling
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.
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Jimquisition: Xbox 360 and PS3 Are Just Very Crap PCs


Jul 09
// Jim Sterling
There was once a time when consoles had something that PCs didn't have. They were cheaper, easier to use, more convenient. They dominated the market because they dominated our need to be lazy and catered to. Then this genera...
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THQ offers more Darksiders II if you buy directly


Jun 21
// Conrad Zimmerman
THQ may have shifted gears when it comes to the once-planned downloadable content expansion of Saints Row, but things have not totally changed over there in regards to their DLC strategy. In a press release today, the publish...
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Pokemon Conquest features a Dratini Pass


Jun 03
// Jim Sterling
Pokemon Conquest arrived yesterday (just in time for E3 travel!) and, while rifling through the game's bundle of packaging material, I found this little pass code. The code, which is good for only one use, unlocks Dratini as ...
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Jimquisition: Videogames Are A Luxury


May 14
// Jim Sterling
A common argument used to defend the videogame industry from accusation of anti-consumerism is that games are a luxury, therefore nobody is entitled to them. A fair enough suggestion, but one that misconstrues a number of re...
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Pachter: Orbis/PS4 to suffer if it blocks used games


Mar 30
// Jim Sterling
Industry analyst Michael "Bumblecrumbs" Pachter has responded to rumors that Sony's next generation PlayStation will block used games, believing that the pros are far outweighed by the cons. According to the smooth opera...
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Ninja Gaiden 3 online passes not working (Update)


Mar 20
// Jim Sterling
[Update: I've been informed that the passes will go live for the PS3 version between 2pm and 5pm PT. Tecmo Koei is currently trying to hear back from Microsoft about the Xbox 360 version. Apparently they were supposed to be r...
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EA closing servers for a number of games


Mar 19
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts is closing down the servers for a number of games, including a few that required paid online passes to activate. A representative told Beefjack that dwindling activity on the games is the reason, and that "les...
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Ninja Gaiden 3 review late due to online pass


Mar 19
// Jim Sterling
Hey guys,So you might have noticed Ninja Gaiden 3 reviews have gone live around the Web. Where's ours? What sinister filling of a devil taco is this? Well, Tecmo Koei has decided in its wisdom that what Ninja Gaiden 3 really ...
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Syndicate will NOT be using an online pass


Feb 01
// Jim Sterling
While even EA's single-player games have found excuses to slip in an online pass, the co-op fueled Syndicate is confirmed to NOT use one at all. According to EA, it's all about encouraging gamers to play it ... what an innova...
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Early Prototype 2 buyers to get 'Radnet Edition' upgrade


Jan 31
// Jim Sterling
Activision is one of the few big publishers to shy away from putting online passes in its games, but with Prototype 2, it would seem the company is definitely looking to maximize brand new purchases. Early adopters of the ga...
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EA explains what SSX's online pass will entail


Jan 30
// Jordan Devore
Though the inclusion of an online pass in a game with Electronic Arts' name attached to it does not come as a shock, word that SSX will follow the trend got the usual people riled up. I was prepared to perform the obligatory ...
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Jimquisition: Trying to kill piracy makes it stronger


Jan 30
// Jim Sterling
Piracy will never be destroyed entirely. It's a fact of life that some people just like to help themselves to freebies. However, not all pirates are in it for the discount, and some are actively driven to piracy by the very companies attempting to kill it. When you make your product harder to obtain and enjoy, all you do is breed an environment where pirates can thrive.
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Shocker: SSX has an online pass


Jan 30
// Jim Sterling
The new SSX looks pretty damn fantastic, of that there is no denying. Still, Electronic Arts once again doesn't think it's good enough to sell new copies on its own merit, and hopes to force your hand with its favorite skeezy...
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The DTOID Show: Wii-U madness and Pokémon Photoshops


Jan 27
// Tara Long
Happy Friday, everyone! Hopefully you all tuned into our live show today and won an XBLA code for the latest Orcs Must Die! DLC, but if not, don't worry! There will be plenty more giveaways in the near future - and that's a ...
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38 Studios explains Kingdoms of Amalur online pass


Jan 27
// Jim Sterling
38 Studios has attempted to justify the content being gated behind an online pass in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. When asked why an entire quest line was being held to ransom in exchange for new sales, the developer said it...
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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a single-player game, but that hasn't stopped Electronic Arts from cramming an online pass into the game. We knew the pass was going to hide the game's Mass Effect tie-in armor, but now we kno...

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Yep, Twisted Metal is getting an online pass


Jan 23
// Jim Sterling
Despite David Jaffe stating he didn't want one, Twisted Metal is getting itself a lovely, shiny, pretty little online pass. Because inconveniencing all your customers is what gaming is all about.  It's absolutely not sup...

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