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The Fallout from Fallout 3's Piracy

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319w ago - The eagerly anticipated Fallout 3 is nearly upon us, yet a full three weeks before its release rapacious pigs cracked the game and offered it via various torrent sites.

This is the third AAA title that has been hacked and cracked in as many months, leaving publishers frothing at the mouth as they consider even more draconian digital rights management.

To the casual observer this may seem like an overzealous response to retain the vast sea of greenbacks the industry seems to float upon. And that certainly is a concern, after all Electronic Arts is not motivated from a position of altruism. This is about control of their product, control of their intellectual property, and control of the consumer.

Flinchingly I have read DRM proponents scathing insinuation that, and I'm paraphrasing, that "nothing is safe! Nothing is sacred! We must protect ourselves at any cost!" Yet the price of that protectionism is at the expense of the consumer. Pirates care little for the mores of the videogame industry. However it's not the pirates that are feeling the brunt of the industry's wrath, it's us.

Citing piracy concerns, EA slapped DRM restrictions on Spore that prohibited more than one installation per copy, turning it into a $60 rental. Yet that did not keep Spore from being cracked...
 

Sony Unveils Companies that will Initially use PlayStation Home

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320w ago - With PlayStation Home on the way soon (at least we hope it is, but we would not bet money on it), Sony has shown an image at TGS 2008 that shows what companies they are working with to include features in Home.

Sony did not reveal what each companies would be doing what, so some could just be sticking their logo on in-game items, while others may going all out and creating rooms to go hand in hand with upcoming game.

Regardless, the list of companies looks interesting, with many of the big names in the industry looking to offer something to the service.

However, we have to say the lack of a SquareEnix logo is very surprising.
 

TGS 2008: All PSP Games to be Downloadable

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320w ago - At the TGS, Sony has revealed that all future UMD PSP title releases will be accompanied by a downloadable version for the PSP store. Destroy All Heros 2 will be the first dual-release game when the PSP store hits Japan on October 15.

To quote: Destroy All Heros 2 is the first SCEJ game to be effected by the new dual-release policy, hitting Japanese stores as UMD and the PS Store as a download on October 15.

Other titles currently currently on SCEJ's list include:

* Bleach Soul CARNIVAL - October 23
* Secret Agent Clank - November 20
* PATAPON2 DonChaka - November 27
* LocoRoco2 - December 4
* ENKAKU SOUSA -23 days for the "Truth" - Winter 2008
* APE QUEST - TBC
* Gunshot and the Diamonds (working title) - Spring 2009
* RESISTANCE: Retribution - Spring 2009
 

Grand Theft Auto IV Trophy List Finally Available

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320w ago - After hearing that GTA IV was not going to be patched to recieve PS3 Trophies, it looks like the winds have changed and the final list of Trophies has been unveiled.

Hopefully this will encourage many of you to dig out the game and go get lost in Liberty City once more!

The list is as follows:

• Platinum
Taking A Liberty
Sorry for taking liberties with your time!

• Bronze
Off The Boat
You have completed the first mission.

• Bronze
One Hundred And Eighty
You scored 180 with 3 darts.

• Bronze
Pool Shark
You beat a friend at pool.

• Bronze
King of QUB3D
You beat the high score in QUB3D.

• Bronze
Finish Him
You completed 10 melee counters in 4 minutes.

• Bronze
Genetically Superior
You came first in 20 singleplayer street races.

• Bronze
Wheelie Rider
You completed a 500 foot wheelie on a motorbike.

• Bronze
Gobble Gobble
You got a turkey in 10-pin bowling.

• Bronze
Driving Mr. Bellic
You unlocked the special ability of Roman's taxi.

• Bronze
Rolled Over
You managed 5 car rolls in a row from one crash.

•...
 

The Solution to PlayStation 3 HDD Install Times?

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321w ago - The PS3 has mandatory game HDD installs. No surprises there right? Since the beginning of the console gamers have complained that the PS3 has forced them to abandon the former gamer ritual and buy, unpack and play, adding the additional and sometimes painful step of WAIT between savage unpack (ripping off shrinkwrap is always fun) and the satisfying play.

Some installs have hardly taken any time, while others (Devil May Cry 4) feel like an eternity of wait time which creates the sensation of smelling a fresh baked batch of cookie chip cookies (or insert your favorite kind of cookie) that still has time left in the oven.

The install can be fixed redeemed however. The beauty of it is that the solution has been staring us gamers in the face since day 1 as well. The solution? PSN. I know, I know, you're wondering how that makes any sense, so without further adieu, here it is.

Place the install data on PSN.

It's so simple that it's brilliant at the same time. If Sony were to place the install data on PSN a week before any game were released, anyone that planned to purchase the game could download the data and install the files prior to owning the game.

The benefit to gamers is obvious, removing the delay from unpack to play. The benefit to Sony and...
 
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