In case you hadn’t heard already, Electronic Arts’ Origin is more than just a petty attempt to undermine Steam. It’s an insidious petty attempt to undermine Steam. The service has upset gamers since it installs Spyware, allowing EA to dig around in your hard drive as explicitly stated in the terms of service. The EULA says that EA can identify your computer, operating system, installed/uninstalled software/hardware, and use that information for marketing purposes while merrily sharing it with third party companies. It ‘s all fairly disgusting, and there’s no opt-out offer. If you don’t want EA to know everything about you and pass the information along, your only recourse is to not install Origin — which will mean you can’t play Battlefield 3 on PC at all…
via EA’s Origin may be glorified Spyware, causes mass upset -Destructoid.
Wow.. Really EA? Damn does your marketing department have got balls and your programming team must have been outsourced… WTF is this? You, EA, provide products we buy, and that is where our relationship ends. You can ASK to see my system specs in order to see what the ‘normal’ PC is out there but you don’t need to know what I have installed. Nor can you make money off MY information with out ME getting a cut of it.
You can pay me for my personal information, otherwise ╭∩╮(°_°)╭∩╮
Phoenix Down (Final Fantasy Cocktail)
1/2 shot Absinthe
1/2 shot Zwack (Jagermeister will work too)
2 tsp. Simple Syrup
1 Splash Grenadine
Fill rest of the glass with Club Soda
Directions: Mix the absinthe, syrup, and soda water in a smaller glass (a perigord absinthe glass is used in the picture) until the drink becomes opalescent. Add ice if you prefer the drink really cold. Before serving, add the Zwack and grenadine.
Both will settle nicely, leaving a nice orange on the top and a deep crimson below.
Activision boss Bobby Kotick says the company’s flop music game DJ Hero contributed to the company taking one-time star franchise Guitar Hero off the market….
via DJ Hero Helped Kill Guitar Hero – Games News at IGN.
Really? How stupid does Booby Kotick think we are? First off, DJ Hero WAS a bad idea from the start. But, someone thought it would do well enough to make a sequel and have a third on in the works.. But no.. it’s DJ Hero’s fault that the past few Guitar Hero games have had horrible track lists, lackluster game play, and pretty much boring.
Booby also admitted that creating DJ Hero pulled valuable care and attention away from Guitar Hero. Wait.. WHAT? So like you had the whole company focused on a game like DJ hero? WTF?! and DJ Hero wasn’t created by the same team.. so how was focus shifted?
Boils down too.. Some upper brass screw up. But will they take the blame? nope. the Developers where the problem. Not some idiot giving the green light on a game that was OBVIOUSLY not A) thought though and B) had any market research done.
Activision Blizzard sued by … yeah, it’s the PSN guy
via Joystiq – ULTRAFEED by Alexander Sliwinski on 11/25/09
Serial suit launcher Erik Estavillo is making a little name for himself in the game space, as his latest complaint seeks $1 million in damages from Activision Blizzard over the design of World of Warcraft. GamePolitics reports on the complaint, which claims that the publisher maintains a “harmful virtual environment to many of its customers by forcing them to follow the game’s sneaky and deceitful practices.” Estavillo alleges that the “calculated slow pace” of the game makes turning quests in take longer and thus generates more subscription revenue for Activision Blizzard.
If that wasn’t enough, Estavillo also subpoenaed actress Winona Ryder and Depeche Mode’s Martin Lee Gore to testify on his behalf regarding alienation. He explains that his health issues, which apparently include OCD, agoraphobia, depression (and more), mean that he “relies on video games heavily for the little ongoing happiness he can achieve in this life.”
Estavillo had previously sued Sony after being banned from PSN and also has another suit against Microsoft and Nintendo, for his Xbox 360′s Red Ring of Death and Nintendo’s disabling of the Homebrew Channel in an update. Perhaps he’ll have more luck suing over the design of a game in which millions happily pay to participate.
Activision Blizzard sued by …
Jeebus crisp… *sigh*
You would think with the number suits out there that this guy is only looking for easy money and just wants to meet Winona Ryder and Martin Lee Gore.
Course, I wouldn’t mind meeting Winona Ryder either. *Hmmmmm* .. I’d just be afraid she’d steal something from my house. L
Source for this rant:
in a new shell for those too lazy to click a link. The Joystiq article is reporting about an AD campaign that links video game playing with people dying younger.
WHAT?! Ok, at the top most level there is some logic to that. If you are so lazy that you never leave the sofa for years on end and just play games. Ok, you can mess with your body. But I’ve never known anyone to do that. 8+ hour sessions? yes. but weeks?! no. (Unless you are a WoW player.. and then you should really get a life and play RoM. )
And I’ve played a number of games that can get my heart pumping. a good UT match, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, even the Wii really kinda forces you to stand up to play most of it’s crappy games.
since when do you just set there for ever?
The thing that scares me the most about this is that some parents are going to believe it. What’s next? a warning label to advise people: 1 HR game time is equal to 2300 calories. OMG! Timmy just played Battlefront and now needs to exercise for 12 minutesto burn off the fat! WTF.
Yes doing ANYTHING for too long (yes, even sex you pervs) can be a bad thing. You can kill yourself by drinking to much water.. You can kill yourself by eating too much toothpaste.
But are people so breed to be sheep now you need to be told that sitting on the sofa for to long can mess with you? Do you need to be told to get up and move around one in a while? Really, are people becoming that brain dead?
Over on the [WiiFitChat] Blog, someone has posted an article stated that some poor little 10 year old was “devastated” after the game her [she was overweight]. Now I’m going to hold my tongue here for a moment but only add that after that state that after the above post some Tam Fry, an Obesity expert, has gone on the record stating:
“I’m absolutely aghast that children are being told they are fat. BMI is far from perfect but with children it simply should not be used.
A child’s BMI can change every month and it is perfectly possible for a child to be stocky, yet still very fit. I would be very concerned if children were using this game and I believe it should carry a warning for parents.”
Now, Nintendo has apologised for any offence the game might have caused thus far, but has refused to place a warning on the game so far.
OK.. looks like the community needs yet another reality check. First off the WiiFit is a game. Yes it helps to get you moving so you aren’t just sitting on your ass which will help you to loose weight, but it’s a game none the less. If you’re 10 year old is believing a VIDEO GAME over YOU. Then you’re 10 year old has some other personal esteem issues other then just being called fat. Tell the kid it’s a game not a fitness expert. it’s only as smart as the programmers that created it.
More PROOF that Fox ‘news’ has no idea what they are talking about. What’s up with this crap??!
Shouldn’t the news report in a truthful, forthcoming manner? Shouldn’t the news be reporting well, THE NEWS?
This isn’t news. This is troll bait.
But it does make me want a copy of the game these idiots are playing.
Even children are smart enough to know that jumping on a person is NOT going to make a coin pop out of their ass.
studies or no studies…
Grrrrrrrrrr.. Stupid Humans.
The Legend of Zelda (a video game) main theme played on a theremin.
The theremin is the first musical instrument designed to be played without being touched.
and guaranteed to hurt your ears….