266w ago - It's nice to get some figures that can be used to throw in the face of all those who claim PC gaming to be a dying breed.
The Witcher, and the just released Enhanced Edition has just broken the One-Million mark in sales. For those of you who haven't played it, I'd highly recommend it. As far as classic style PC RPGs go, this one is top notch.
The original release had a few pretty bad issues, terrible load times being the worst, but the Enhanced Edition is enhanced in every way.
With fixes and updates for the game as well as load time reduction of about 80%, the few problems with the game are resolved. But the Enhanced Edition does much more than just fix the game, truly earning the it's title.
Two additional campaigns as well as a campaign editor are included, to vastly increase replay value, the game's soundtrack and a cd with music inspired by the game, a short story that The Witcher was based on and a map of the world of The Witcher.
Easily one of the best games of the year, if you haven't already picked it up, do so, for 40 bucks, it's a great deal.
293w ago - According to a UPS employee, 3 members of staff were fired over the weekend for stealing GTA IV from shipment boxes and that more employees are set to be fired today for the same reason.
The source says they believe they are stealing the staff stole the copies for their own personal use.
To quote: "When we have a [big name release], we communicate it to operations and security teams. We have security in place at the facilities, and we make sure they understand to keep an eye out for things to exit the building," he explained.
How did they find where games were stolen? "We had tips from people inside, and some of them were discovered at intermediate hubs... it's easy to spot: flaps torn, some boxes are re-taped." In most cases, the bust is as easy as finding the last person who scanned the box as full and interviewing them.
"They're not selling them, these people are stealing one copy," he told me–all of the thefts seem to be for personal use. It seems many people think stealing a game a few days before release is worth it, and this is far from the perfect crime.
301w ago - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has been experimenting embedding digital copies of its movies on DVD. Wal-Mart has been exclusively offering six Sony catalog titles that have an embedded a digital copy for playback on the PSP/PS3/PC since late last month.
The embedded copies expire within three to six months of going on sale at Wal-Mart, and you must register online to obtain a code to let you use it.
Sony is apparently also hoping to raise the profile of the PSP as a movie playback device, as all you need to do is place the file on a memory stick.
To quote: The embedded copies–within Blood & Chocolate, Bobby Z, The Contractor, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and Wind Chill–all expire within three to six months of going on sale at Wal-Mart. Additionally, titles may be offered widely at retail after 30 to 60 days. Wal-Mart has priced the discs at $13.72.
In order to enjoy these copies, buyers register online using an individual code that is included in the DVD. That registration will notify people about whether the file has timed out or not. Sony reserves the right to extend the life of the file at any time.
One possible benefit to a short-view copy is the ability to curb rampant file-sharing or copyright infringement.