243w ago - The alleged practice of GameStop lending new copies of games to employees at their stores and then later selling those games as new, unused copies, may be a violation of federal law.
GameStop's "check-out" policy, confirmed to Kotaku by a number of the chain's managers and employees, could fall under scrutiny of the Federal Trade Commission.
Reached for comment this afternoon, GameStop officials declined to comment.
To quote: "We do not comment on corporate policies that are competitive in nature," said Chris Olivera, vice president of corporate communications. "As your questions relate to company training, operations and discounting practices, I would not be able to provide feedback."
Kotaku contacted the FTC earlier today to determine if the practice, which sells games already played by employees at the new price, not the used price–used titles are typically priced about $5 cheaper than brand new versions–would be considered deceptive advertising or marketing. The FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection is mandated to protect consumers against unfair or deceptive acts or practices in commerce. Violations of FTC restrictions are a violation of federal law, according to the commission.
"The Federal Trade Commission protects consumers from unfair or deceptive...
243w ago - It seems that exploit we reported on a few days ago will be ready for release within next days.
From TheRealTracePillars: So here is the proof that everyone has been wanting, this has the dol loading code implemented. It only technically works on 3.2 at the time being but its a small fix to get it to work for the other versions (including 3.4 and 4.0).
Comex is a bit busy right now so those versions will follow soon (like tommorrow). The exploit is very simple, just put the file on your sd card (which will be a channel).
Go to the SD channel menu and a dialog will popup, hit yes and it will load boot.dol fromt he root of the sd card. It can load any dol so this means you can run homebrew on a Wii with ease if you don't want to fully mod your Wii.
243w ago - PlayStation: The Official Magazine has made available an exclusive screenshot (below) and details of a new and unannounced action game from Square Enix.
To quote: I checked my mailbox today and found that I received the NEWEST issue of Playstation: The Official Magazine in the mail! The best part? It has a EXCLUSIVE screenshot of the newest currently unannounced action game coming from Square Enix.
All the magazine said was that it's for a Square Enix action title and that they will have the EXCLUSIVE unveiling of the name of game, more images, and 'the first details of this brand-new property' next month. Hell yes!
'It's Square Enix, it's new' and you'll read about it first right here' is the closing statement. Hell yes!
Square Enix might have screwed us the past couple years... but things might be changing.. I'll update you with any information I can find!
243w ago - Sony PSP Marketing Manager Kristin Neirinckx announced the following news today via PlayStation Blog:
Not only will Rock Band Unplugged be exclusive to the PSP in 2009, it will also be part of the new Rock Band PSP Entertainment Pack.
The Limited Edition Rock Band Unplugged PSP Entertainment Pack will include the Piano Black PSP-3000 system, a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, and a PSN downloadable movie voucher for School of Rock - a huge entertainment value for Rock Band fans and fanboys alike.
So, how does Rock Band Unplugged work on the PSP, you ask? For a quick first look at the game, check out the trailer below.
Rock Band Unplugged creates a full band experience in the palm of your hand by combining key gameplay elements from both Rock Band and Rock Band 2, inclusive of familiar, as well as all-new songs.
It introduces new and unique features specifically designed for the PSP, and will also leverage the system's Wi-Fi capabilities through the first fully-featured in-game store for additional downloadable songs on the PSP.
In short, your hands are the "peripherals" as you follow a challenging sequence of colors and lights, rotating between the...
243w ago - Sony's semi-official blog 'Three Speech' is to be overtaken by an Official EU PlayStation Blog, in similar fashion to the official North American PlayStation Blog.
To quote: As of April the 17th Three Speech will be bowing out to make way for a brand new and shiny EU PlayStation blog.
It's your feedback, comments and suggestions that have made this possible, so you should all be very proud! Obviously both Three Speech and SCE UK are very grateful to everyone who has made this site so busy and lively over the past two and half years.
Your input has really helped PlayStation to grow, and the new blog will be a further way for you to contribute ideas. It's been good fun meeting all of you and we're looking forward to seeing you on the EU blog!
We'll have more info on this over the next few days...