Kotaku: Trusted Source Claims Xbox 720 Won’t Play Used Games

January 27, 2012 Leave a comment

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How excited are you for the new Xbox 720? Well unfortunately this news is not the type you want to hear when talking about the next-gen home consoles. That’s for sure.

Kotaku has released a report stating that a “trusted industry source” has told them that Microsoft plans to integrate an anti-used game system… Yes you read that right boys and girls, Microsoft plans to keep gamers from buying and playing used games. However the source says he is unsure of what type of system could be implemented to accomplish is goal. The obvious approach would be to use some sort of pass code linking your live account to the game similar to the online passes developers are currently using.

So let’s just think about this for a moment.

If Microsoft implemented a system like this and you wanted to bring a game you just bought to a friends house you would either have to bring your Xbox, hdd, or use account recovery. Ok well, that’s not too bad, I suppose.

Still getting close to stepping over some ethical boundaries. Is that even legal? What do you think? Sound out in the comments section below!

PlayStation Network Will Be Down Tomorrow 1/19: What Will You Do Instead?

January 19, 2012 Leave a comment

What Will You Do?

In case you missed it Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog that PSN will be down for scheduled maintenance Thursday from approximately 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. PST.  All PSN related options will be disabled including online play, PSN Store for PS3 and PSP, account management, PlayStation Home and Music and Video Unlimited Services.

What will you do without the PSN? Get some things around the house done? run some errands? Get a Job? Screw it, break out the SNES!

Categories: Playstation 3, PS Vita, PSP

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Trailer is Hype!

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

After High Moon Studios shocked the media and the fans, with not only a playable, but enjoyable Transformers video game titled Transformers: War for Cybertron, which was published by Activision and released in June of 2010, the people have been waiting for any tidbit or morsel of sequel goodness. High Moon Studios delivered at VGA 2011 with an awesome, spine-tingling trailer of Autobot vs Decepticon warfare, CHECK IT OUT! Trailer courtest of RajmanGamingHD.

 

Minecraft Creator Tells Fan to Pirate His Own Game

January 13, 2012 Leave a comment

After a fan asked Notch, the creator of widely acclaimed game Minecraft, for a a free account before he would inevitably download it illegally, Notch replied with an unexpected response. He encouraged the fan to pirate his creation but reminded him he had better feel guilty while doing so.

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Minecraft has sold over 4 million copies and what better way to give back to the fans who made you a millionaire by giving away a few freebies. Cheers to you Notch.

Former U.S. Marine and Kuma Games Developer Sentenced To Death In Iran

January 10, 2012 1 comment

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During an alleged televised confession, former U.S. Marine and Kuma Reality Games developer Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, has been sentenced to death by the Islamic Revolutionary Court for, among other things, spying on the Iranian government and spreading negative propaganda about the middle east through Kuma Reality Games.

“After (working for DARPA), I went to Kuma (Games Company). This computer company was receiving money from the CIA to (produce) and design and distribute for free special movies and games with the aim of manipulating public opinion in the Middle East. The goal of the company in question was to convince the people of Iran and the people of the entire world that whatever the U.S. does in other countries is a good measure.”

As it was reported on Kotaku, an HTML5 game developer, Darius Kazemi, posted a link via his Twitter account to a U.S. Government website. The link had records of funding from the Department of Defense to Kuma Reality Games for a language education project for the U.S. Military. Tommy Vietor of the White House’s National Security Council denied allegations to the New York Times that Hekmati worked for or was sent to Iran by the CIA. The U.S. has demanded Hekmati’s release.

Tales have long been spun of video games being used for military training and political propaganda. Though the funding is clearly not recorded as a project for propaganda there clearly is no way to deny our government has a history of covering their trail.

Bioware Announces Pre-order Bonuses for Mass Effect 3

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

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Today, on the official Mass Effect 3 website, Bioware announced the bonus content included when you pre-order the game. From the Looks of it those who commit to buying ME3 early will have a leg up on defending the Earth from the Reapers as they will be locked and loaded with extra weapons and armor.

First you will be equipped with N7 Warfare Gear which included N7 Defender Armor with amplified shields and the high caliber N7 Valkyrie Assault Rifle.

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Another assault rifle will be included. The M55 Argus Assault Rifle that lets of rapid-fire bursts for suppression.

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Last but not least those who pre-order will be putting the reapers on their back with the AT12 Raider Shotgun.

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If you are pre-ordering ME3, what bonus content are you looking forward to most? Share in the comment section.

Sony Reveals PlayStation Plus Perks for January

January 4, 2012 Leave a comment

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PlayStation Blog revealed the upcoming perks for PlayStation Plus subscribers in January. Starting January 3, the first PSN update of the month, Back to the Future The Game (the full series) and all the Syphon Filter PSOne classics (1,2 and 3) will all be free for PS Plus users for the entire month. And that’s not all, the PSN exclusive Sword and Soldiers will be free as well.

Sony also mentions, though not in detail, a “12 for 12 sale” where 12 popular PSN exclusive games will be on sale and if your a Plus member you will get a better deal at 50% off! Sony didn’t reveal which titles would be featured but did promise many first-time sales. The PlayStation Plus subscription continues to impress with endless amounts of perks and deals. Are you happy with your Plus subscription? Tell me in the comment section!