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EA Releases DRM De-Authorization Tool for SecuROM Titles

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300w ago - As many know, some EA PC games only allow the owner to install the game on five machines.

Back in December, EA released a Spore De-Authorization Tool which allowed users to switch these five authorizations around between machines.

Now they've unveiled a new tool that allows you to do this for over a dozen games with SecuROM. You can access the authorization management tool [Register or Login to view links].

The tool only works with SecuROM games released in May 2008 or later. The list of games eligible for de-authorization is available through that link and includes Mass Effect, Mercenaries 2, and Spore. You can also download a program that scans your computer for eligible games.

It seems unlikely that anyone will ever need to install the same game on more than five different computers, even across their entire lifetime. Still, nice to know you can, eh?
 

GDC '09: Sony Upgrades PhyreEngine, Reveals Four New Titles

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301w ago - Sony announced earlier that they upgraded their cross platform engine, the PhyreEngine, to version 2.40.

To quote: New features included 'foliage rendering', which allows for more ultra-realistic trees and leaves, best seen in the PSN exclusive title, Flower.

For gamers though, the bigger news is that Sony has seemingly unveiled 4 unheard of games which are all using the PhyreEngine.

These include an unamed title from Australian developer Big Ant Studios, puzzle/platforming PSN title Topatoi developed by Boolat Games, third person action game Strength of the Sword from Invent Studios, and finally, The 7th Seal by Paul Cuisset's (of Flashback fame and Shaq Fu notoriety) studio VectorCell.

Hopefully as GDC goes on, we'll hear more about these titles.
 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to Exceed All FPS Titles This Year?

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302w ago - Activision is the biggest publisher in the industry topping even gaming giant EA since there merge with Blizzard; creators of the magnificent World of Warcraft.

While I'm sure there are millions of gamers who know about World of Warcraft, they also were behind the excellent Diablo & Starcraft which have many gamers still rattling their names off here and there. Activision was behind Call of Duty, Guitar Hero (first two) & Quake.

Activision has a few games up its sleeves to reveal but the most anticipated game in everyone's mind is Call of Duty 6.

At the NY Comicon inside sources from Activision were asked if Call Duty 6 would top Killzone 2 this year. Their answer similar to Sony's arrogance was a big and bold "YES" and then some.

We went on to ask for more details for such as the graphical power of the game as well as if the game play had changed at all since COD4 but all that was said was that the graphics will blow you away and the game play is deeper than any other COD you've ever experienced!

They also went on to say that the multiplayer is looking to take new heights never before seen in the FPS genre (insult maybe?). The one hint that we received was how the point system will work with kills.

Considering what we've experienced with...
 

Are Sony PlayStation 3 Exclusive Titles Cursed by the Media?

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303w ago - PS3 exclusives have a way of getting dissed by the general public and media before they are given a chance. The more superstitious fanboy might even call it a PS3 curse.

Let's run down the list: Lair became an industry whipping boy filling up YouTube with spastics that flailed SIXAXIS controllers with reckless abandon.

Ninja Theory's gorgeous Heavenly Sword wasn't measured on its own merits, but was held up against the standard that should be reserved for God of War.

Sega's stellar Valkyria Chronicles is seemingly invisible to the majority of mainstream gamers. Resistance 2 hasn't seen the sales a title of its caliber deserves. It's almost as if we've collectively banded together to repeatedly punish Ken Kutargi for his oft-echoed and ill-advised comments of "People will get a second job to buy the PS3." No, Ken. We didn't.

Then Killzone 2 dropped. If the PS3 has ever seen a game changer this is it. Strangely, the PS3 has been having a couple of great weeks. The launch of Yakuza 3 during the first week of March sparked a fury of PS3 console sales across the sea in Japan.

The PS3 outsold all other consoles including the dominant Nintendo handhelds in its home market. Over here, Killzone 2 moved 750,000 units in its opening weekend alone....
 

Rest In Peace: Traditional Console RPG Titles

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305w ago - Have you misplaced a part of your youth? A convoluted, engrossing story? Individualized, quirky characters? A grossly overpowered, unusually stylish protagonist? Looking for that four person party? That menu driven combat? The countless amount of grinding? The four to six stage final boss?

If you've answered yes to one or all of these questions, then you, like me, are itching for a traditional, console-style RPG.

I, more than most, will play anything that receives a decent amount of buzz. I've tackled everything, within the last few years, from Fallout 3 to Eternal Sonata to Rise of the Argonauts to Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, with most titles offering an engrossing experience that I can thoroughly explore and enjoy a fulfilling journey.

But most action RPGs (and similar variations), unless new aspects are added along the course of the game, get boring and repetitive. I don't know how many times I had to put down FFVII: Crisis Core in disgust because I just couldn't take the monotonous combination of mission-driven sidequests and mindless repetition of the "x" button.

Yet, I cannot dispel (you see that I did there?) my anger onto this sect of role playing games. I enjoy the adventure they produce, while also finding myself becoming completely engulfed by their respective...
 
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