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9:00 AM on 12.08.2011

Jaffe doesn't want online pass in Twisted Metal

Twisted Metal director David Jaffe would rather not have an online pass in Twisted Metal, declaring that any lost sales due to used games would be acceptable if it generated new fans. He did, however, admit that it's ultimate...

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

10:00 AM on 11.21.2011

Publishers back Blockbuster rentals to fight used games

Blockbuster has said that it's seen a lot of support from game publishers over its increased game rental plans, because they help erode the impact of used games. Apparently, companies receive quite the kickback from rentals, ...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 11.08.2011

Online pass required for Saints Row: The Third

In news that should surprise very few people, THQ has found a way to make sure that an online pass is required for Saints Row: The Third, even with competitive multiplayer being scrapped. The online co-op for both campaign an...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 10.28.2011

Battlefield 3 online passes not working

Electronic Arts has admitted that a number of consumers who bought Battlefield 3 on the Xbox 360 are unable to play the game online because the included online pass does not work. This news comes on top of a problematic launc...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 10.24.2011

New Medal of Honor teased on Battlefield 3's online pass

Battlefield 3's online pass printout brings more to consumers than just an inconvenient input code -- printed on the reverse is an image that seems to be teasing another Medal of Honor game. It features the game's official si...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 10.21.2011

Broken Catwoman codes in Arkham City will be 'resolved'

Warner Brothers has commented on the issue of broken DLC codes shipping with copies of Batman: Arkham City, insisting that only a small percentage of consumers were affected, but that it will resolve the issues concerning an ...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 10.19.2011

New Arkham City copies feature missing Catwoman codes

Customers buying Batman: Arkham City are in for potential disappointment, with reports that a number of copies are missing the scrap of paper containing Catwoman's unlock code. Rocksteady's mutation of the Online Pass locks o...

Jim Sterling

9:20 AM on 10.17.2011

Naughty Dog uses bullsh*t to defend Uncharted 3 PSN pass

Naughty Dog has defended its use of Sony's "PSN Pass" by claiming that, without it, Uncharted 3's multiplayer would need to be released as its own game. Wait ... that doesn't make any sense.  Director Justin Richmond sai...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 10.15.2011

Naturally, Battlefield 3 has an online pass

DICE confirmed in a rather casual manner yesterday that Battlefield 3 would rock an online pass, having previously only hinted at it. Considering Mass Effect 3 has found a way to toss one in, it's hardly surprising EA's bigge...

Jim Sterling

2:00 PM on 10.14.2011

GameStop to put Arkham City Catwoman pass in USED copies

Yesterday it was revealed that Batman: Arkham City was gating its Catwoman levels behind an online passcode, locking used and offline gamers out of four campaign chapters. That doesn't sit well with GameStop, and the retailer...

Jim Sterling

12:45 PM on 10.13.2011

Batman: Arkham City online pass unlocks Catwoman content

If you're looking forward to playing Gotham City's feline femme fatale in the upcoming Batman: Arkham City, plan on dealing with an online pass. Warner Bros. has confirmed that the kitty's content is locked away unless you ha...

Conrad Zimmerman





1:00 PM on 10.12.2011

Online pass confirmed for Mass Effect 3

Well, what a surprise. No sooner is it confirmed that online multiplayer has been shoehorned into Mass Effect 3 do we get the real reason for the mode's existence ... an online pass. Yep, a redeemable code will be included wi...

Jim Sterling



Talking to Women about Videogames: I'm not a real gamer? photo
Talking to Women about Videogames: I'm not a real gamer?
by Jonathan Holmes

It looks like from here on out, Sony-published PS3 games will require players to enter a single-use code in order to play online. People who buy their games used will likely have to purchase a code separately to get online. Some say it's bad news but fair play, as Sony is only asking for players to directly contribute to paying for their servers if they plan on using them. Others are against this idea on principle, while still others are just mad that they may have to pay to play used PS3 games online at all. It will be interesting to see how this situation affects Uncharted 3's sales, if at all.

Even more interesting to me is that some gamers are willing to prioritize the way they are treated by publishers -- and exactly how much their videogames cost -- over their own enjoyment of videogames. If you care more about saving $10 than you do about playing an awesome game, what does that say about how much you love videogames in general? If you're going to let a few bucks come between a you and a game you want to play, are you really a "gamer"?

Just as someone who loves reading the Twilight books may not necessarily love literature, or just as a Cry for Dawn lover may not truly appreciate the qualities that make comic books a unique art form, not everyone who loves playing videogames is a "gamer." Let's break down exactly what kinds of gamers are out there, and how they differ from true fans of the medium.

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12:00 PM on 10.04.2011

The DTOID Show: Our RAGE Review & Impressions

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Confirmed: Online passes for all future online Sony games photo
Confirmed: Online passes for all future online Sony games
by Jim Sterling

Following an earlier statement from a Spanish Sony representative, Sony Computer Entertainment America has confirmed that an online pass will be included with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Furthermore, we've been told that ALL upcoming Sony games that feature an online component will include one.

"Online Pass will be incorporated into Uncharted 3 and future Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) games with online functionality," the company told Destructoid. "We will provide further information in the future. "

So there you go. It's pretty much a given that if Sony's bringing out a game with multiplayer, you're going to have to input a code. Lovely.  

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