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The Orange Box PS3: Open Letter from Petitioners

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333w 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...
 

Team Fortress 2 online petition against EA

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344w 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.

Good day!
 

PS3 Orange Box 1.10 patch released- 128MB in size!

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348w 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.
 

XCM PSP Slim Orange & Smoke Faceplates!

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349w ago - Recently we featured XCM PSP Slim Faceplates in Chrome, Crystal, and Smooth Black.

Today, the folks over at www.XCM.cc let us know they now have both their PSP Slim Orange Faceplate and Smoke Faceplate online and pictured below!

Once again, each XCM PSP Slim Faceplate kit includes:

- Includes the digital pad (D-Pad) & analog stick
- Includes the control key rubber pad
- Includes all face buttons (start, select, volume, display, audio & home)
- Includes all 4 main action buttons (2 sets)
- Includes 2 pcs of new screw driver
 

20% of iPhones in France unlocked

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364w ago - Mobile phone company Orange has said 20% of customers who have bought iPhones from it in France have opted for unlocked ones. Orange sold the popular Apple product for 399 euros (£288) with a two-year contract, or 749 euros without one.

Elsewhere, mobile companies only sell iPhones to customers who take out network contracts with them. Orange sold 30,000 iPhones in the first five days, 20% of which were unlocked so they could be used on any network.

Orange says that 48% of people buying the phones were new customers for the network.

Court ruling

On Tuesday, a German court overturned an injunction that had forced T-Mobile to sell unlocked phones.

In the two weeks that the injunction was in place, T-Mobile sold unlocked iPhones for 999 euros, compared with 399 euros for a phone with a two-year contract. The company has not revealed how many unlocked phones it sold at that price but says it did sell some.

The exclusive agreements between Apple and mobile operators have caused controversy outside France, with software circulating online that claims to unlock the iPhone.

Apple has warned that hacking into the phone's software could render the phones "permanently inoperable" if software updates are downloaded.
 
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