282w ago - Gamer Double-J has written an open letter to the world, telling about his frustration against Valve/EA, and citing the numerous issues encountered in the PlayStation 3 version of The Orange Box.
Here is the letter: "Dear Madam or Sir,
I am writing to you today in the hopes you might be able to help myself and thousands of others with the problems we are experiencing with the PlayStation 3 version of Valve/Electronic Arts The Orange Box.
The problems concerning The Orange Box for the PS3 are two-fold. First, we are dealing with numerous bugs, glitches, and server issues that have rendered the game unplayable at times and have remained since the game was originally released in October 2007.
More troublesome is the fact that our many attempts to contact Valve and EA through traditional channels –telephone, e-mail, and regular post– have fallen upon deaf ears. In a complete disregard for the large community of gamers who are experiencing these issues, in attempting to seek answers, the consumer support divisions of each company have repeatedly rejected pleas for help.
To begin, allow me to elaborate on some of the issues. While both the PC and XBox 360 versions of the game have been updated several times since release, PS3 players only have received is a generic...
294w ago - Team Fortress 2, which was included in the Orange Box, was released last year. It already had its fair share of problems on the day of release, however it seems that the game still has a lot of online issues. Yesterday an angry gamer apparently couldn't take it anymore and started a petition regarding the problems.
The issues that are listed in the petition (which are quite a lot) are of the PS3 version. Which, of course, comes as no surprise, seeing as how EA constantly keeps complaining about working with the next-generation console of Sony.
The petition is linked above, and I thought it should also be shared here. We also need to support our fellow gamers that are in need. EA has ruined the online experience.. +300 signatures in last 24 hours, the petition is starting pretty well. Link to petition's user blog is here.
298w ago - EA has released a patch to fix problems with The Orange Box PS3 such as friends not appearing on lists and certain accounts not connecting to EA servers.
Update 1.10 comes in at 128 MB and is available now, but no official documentation has been released.
To quote: The 1.10 update is 128 MB, and unhelpfully has no associated documentation to outline the changes. Early reports suggest friends not appearing on lists and certain accounts not connecting to the EA servers should no longer be a problem.
Orange Box PS3 owners have publicly complained for a while over the framerate and connection issues as well as slow loading times.
Valve does not develop PS3 versions of its games internally but outsources them to a third-party. It has said this is the model it will follow for the foreseeable future.
326w ago - Word hit yesterday that the PS3 version of Half-Life 2: The Orange Box would be delayed a few weeks past its 360 and PC kin. It's the latest PS3 version of a multi-platform game to stagger behind the other SKUs, but today Valve is assuring it had nothing to do with difficulties developing on the PS3 hardware.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Valve director of marketing Doug Lombardi said the reason is simply geographical; the EA UK team handling PS3 development across the pond is running a little behind the core Valve team. "We weren't going to hold up PC and 360 for PS3," said Lombardi. Furthermore, Valve says all three versions will be identical in terms of performance and content.
Considering the delay will only be a few weeks, Valve's explanation isn't surprising - any substantial PS3 development problems would more likely have delayed it by months. So just sit tight, PS3-owning Half Life fans. The wait to play Half-Life 2, Episode One, Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2 won't be too much longer.
326w ago - Valve reveals Sony edition of five-game Half-Life 2 compilation is due "several weeks" after its siblings; retailers list it with mid-November ship date.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif--At Electronic Arts' 2006 Summer Showcase, the publisher surprised the game industry by announcing it was distributing The Orange Box from Valve Software. The compilation contains five games--Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life Episode Two, Team Fortress 2 and Portal--and was slated for a fall 2006 release for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
Unsurprisingly, given Valve's habit of missing deadlines, The Orange Box was delayed--first to summer 2007, then to a simultaneous October 9 release on all platforms. Now, one version of the game has been delayed again. Speaking with GameSpot at this year's EA Studio Showcase, Valve director of marketing Doug Lombardi confirmed that the PS3 version of The Orange Box "will trail the PC and Xbox 360 versions by a couple of weeks."