27w ago - Following up on their previous confirmation that the PlayStation 4 / PS4 console won't block used games, some top Sony employees have also responded to the Twitter movement (hashtags #PS4NoDRM and #PS4USEDGAMES) to accept used video games and remove DRM (digital rights management) protection from them.
The movement started (via neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=568033) with the intended goal being to convince Sony not to take the same route as Microsoft with the PS4. They also want people to tell Sony that the PlayStation 4 should be region free and have free online play.
Below are some excerpts from some high-ranking Sony staffers revealing that the company is listening to consumers and gamers alike, as follows:
John Koller, the head of Sony Hardware Marketing commented (twitter.com/jpkoller): This is why I love PlayStation fans- the passion bucket overflows #playstation
While Nick Accordino, an SCEA producer, added (twitter.com/Nikoro): Humbled by the outpouring of passionate PlayStation fans and their willingness to talk to us directly. Please know that we hear you. <3
254w ago - It's now been confirmed that about 30 employees have been laid off by Sega, following a short-lived rumor from a company insider.
Sending out an email, a representative for the company divulges information:
Sega of America has grown at pace with the booming videogame industry, but at this time of economic recession, harsh retail landscape, and the reality of business challenges to profitability, we must take steps to reduce our cost structure and ensure long-term success.
The decision to lay off staff was a difficult one, and we thank these employees for their contributions and wish them well in their future endeavors.
Good luck to all the now-former employees of Sega.
270w ago - GameStop have suspended their cash-for-trade transactions in Shelby County and DeSoto County, Mississippi until February 2009 after eight members of of its own staff were caught buying stolen games in an undercover sting.
"GameStop takes this situation quite seriously," said Rory Rhoads, GameStop's Regional Vice President of Stores.
"We are pleased to partner with the ALERT Unit and have taken very deliberate steps to improve our operations. "
To quote: Authorities said today that eight current and former employees of the world's largest video game retailer have pleaded guilty to theft of property charges for buying video games purported to be stolen.
Each of the eight defendants charged pleaded guilty to theft of property under $500 and was ordered to serve one year on diversion, a form of probation that can end with their record being cleared.