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DRM in Free Trials and Demos, Two New Class-Action Suits

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302w ago - What's the point? SecuROM is there to make sure that you own the original CD for whatever it is protecting, but to put it in free trials downloaded off the Internet.. really what's the point?

Especially when you don't include that in the EULA. Read more at Slashdot and GamesPolitics.

To quote: Now, two new class-action suits have been filed that target the SecuROM software included in a free trial of the Spore Creature Creator (PDF) and in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage (PDF).

If this sort of legal reprisal continues to catch on, EA could be seeing quite a few class-action suits in the future. One of the suits accuses:

"The inclusion of undisclosed, secretly installed DRM protection measures with a program that was freely distributed constitutes a major violation of computer owners' absolute right to control what does...
 

Gears of War 2 and Tom Clancy's EndWar are Region-Free

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303w ago - The Videogamesplus Team has tested Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 2: Limited Edition and confirmed that they are both region free.

However, the bonus disc that comes with the Limited Edition isn't region-free for those wondering.

Also, it turns out that Tom Clancy's EndWar is also region-free!

Finally, it has been confirmed that Rock Band Track Pack Vol 3: AC/DC LIVE - 360 (Preorder) is NOT region free.
 

Free Movies Coming to PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3

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303w ago - On November 13, 2008 you will be able to download six free films for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 consoles via PlayStation Store.

Here is a rough translation of the news from the link above:

SCEE is currently busy with a small project called "Shoot". Through this project, there will be 6 short films appear in the PlayStation Store that you can download for free.

Five films are of European descent and one film comes from Canada.

Also you will be able to download the films if you are in possession of a PSP as on November 13 they will be added to the PS Store.
 

KB Toys: Buy 2 Get 1 Free Video Game Promotion Until Nov 12

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303w ago - Courtesy of MISTERCHEAP via FatWallet.com (linked above) comes news today of a KB Toys 'Buy 2 Get 1 Free' Video Game promotion in their brick and mortar locations until November 12th.

To quote: HOT! KB TOYS (B&M) Buy 2 Get 1 Free Video Games ($10-$40range) and $10 Bonus Bucks w. Each $30 spent

Visit KB Toys for a really good deal. NOW THROUGH 11/12, Video Games (all formats) are B2 Get 1 free (equal or lesser value--$9.99-$39.99 priced games ONLY INCLUDES PRE OWNED GAMES TOO (excludes accessories, bundles, etc)

Additionally, with each $30 you spend, receive a $10 BONUS BUCKS GIFT CARD to spend 11/13-25/08 on a purchase of $30 or more. On $10 Bonus--Ad Says limit one per household, you may need to split order or have more than one person shop if you want to get more than one offer.. B&M Only.

Also great sales on popular brands like VTEch, Fisher Price, MANY MILTON BRADLEY BOARD GAMES are $9.99 ea.

Finally, the discount can also be combined with 20% off on 11/9 using THIS printable coupon.
 

Free Dynasty Warriors 6 Demo Now Available for PC

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305w ago - Gamers can download the free demo of KOEI's Tactical Action mega-hit today. The full version for Windows-based PC debuts on November 18, 2008.

Download: Dynasty Warriors 6 Demo / Dynasty Warriors 6 Demo [Mirror]

Press Release: Burlingame, CA -- October 21, 2008 -- KOEI, recognized worldwide as the premier brand of strategy and action games, today announced that a free demo of DYNASTY WARRIORS«6 for Windows-based PC is now ready for download. Gamers can visit the recently re-launched DYNASTY WARRIORS 6 minisite at www.koei.com/dw6 for more details.

The full version of DYNASTY WARRIORS 6 for Windows-based PC will be available for purchase on November 18, 2008 exclusively through digital download for residents of North America and Brazil.

DYNASTY WARRIORS 6 for Windows-based PC System Requirements

Minimum: Pentium« 4 1.6GHz, Windows XP/Vista, 512MB RAM, 5GB or more of free space, 640├–480 High Color enabled, 3D Accelerator with Hardware T&L and Pixel Shading supporting 128MB or more of VRAM, DirectX 9.0c+, DirectX 9.0c+ compliant, 16-bit stereo with 44KHz playback supported by Windows XP/Vista, keyboard
 
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