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Ubisoft cancels uPlay passport, effectively immediately

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 will no longer...

 
 
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EA won't bring back its Online Pass program

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 anyone who even mo...

 
 
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EA says Online Passes weren't worth the PR damage

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 obsolete, EA is ad...

 
 
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Did Sony confirm DRM on PS4 after all? Not quite!

[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 letting publishers...

 
 
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EA's Online Passes free on Xbox Live

[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 mentioned drop...

 
 
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EA will be killing off the Online Pass

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 used sales, will ...

 
 
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Jimquisition: Bullshit In Sheep's Clothing

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 paint. We make jok...

 
 
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Assassin's Creed pirates and the safety of used games

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 mark...

 
 
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Jimquisition: Companies Exist to Make Money

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

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 access the online ...

 
 
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Jimquisition: In the Hall of the Mountain Dew

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, refreshing taste of M...

 
 
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Concept art shows off Halo 4's War Games Map Pass

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 action with its War ...

 
 
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Jimquisition: I hate videogames (because I love them)

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 fa...

 
 
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Jimquisition: Xbox 360 and PS3 Are Just Very Crap PCs

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 generation happened. ...

 
 
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THQ offers more Darksiders II if you buy directly

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 publisher announced a ...

 
 
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Pokemon Conquest features a Dratini Pass

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 a usable Pokemo...

 
 
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Jimquisition: Videogames Are A Luxury

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 reasons why the g...

 
 
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Pachter: Orbis/PS4 to suffer if it blocks used games

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 operator, retailers ...

 
 
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Ninja Gaiden 3 online passes not working (Update)

[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 ready for valida...

 
 
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EA closing servers for a number of games

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 "less than 1%" of E...

 
 
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Ninja Gaiden 3 review late due to online pass

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 needed was an o...

 
 
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Syndicate will NOT be using an online pass

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 innovation! "We want ...

 
 




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