143w ago - Update: According to TheRegister.co.uk, a federal judge has dismissed all but one of the claims leveled against Sony for dropping Linux support from its PlayStation 3 game console, but gave the plaintiffs permission to refile an amended complaint that fixes the deficiencies.
Previously we reported on a slew of class action lawsuits against Sony due to the PS3 OtherOS removal, and despite a recent Sony victory IGN (linked above) now reports that Sony's attorneys have filed a motion for the court to strike the class allegations and dismiss the case.
To quote: "Sony contends the plaintiffs' claims that the company advertised the Other OS feature the later removed it - depriving PS3 users of software features - is contradicted by the explicit terms stated in SCEA's written express warranty, the System Software License Agreement and the PSN Terms of Service.
201w ago - Microsoft's Games on Demand pricing isn't consistent across the globe. What costs $20 in one place costs $40 (or sometimes more) in another.
Kotaku asked Microsoft, why the discrepancy?
Their response is below, to quote:
"Microsoft HQ said the pricing decisions outside the US were the responsibility of that particular territory. So, for example, if Mass Effect is priced at 6000 Microsoft Points in Australia (as opposed to only 1600 MSP in the US), then that's Xbox Australia's decision."
When Xbox Australia was asked, they added the following:
"No one retailer has the lowest pricing for every product, and our program is about giving people 24 x 7 convenience and selection when shopping for Xbox 360 games.
We're incredibly excited about what Games on Demand means for digital distribution, and will continue to evaluate and evolve the service to meet market and consumer demands."
Anyone think paying double the asking price for a game is worth the convenience?!
203w ago - The Houston Chronicle's game blog recently pointed out the similarity in imagery between Left 4 Dead 2 and the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
The game is set in New Orleans. It was only a few years ago that the city was destroyed, and there actually were corpses moldering in the streets... so it's natural that the game's visuals might remind people of the tragedy.
Left 4 Dead writer Chet Faliszek spoke to Destructoid.com about the accusations, to quote:
"Utter insanity," he said. Faliszek. "There are mixed races of zombies, there are all different races of zombies that you shoot, and since we placed it in New Orleans, that makes it racist? ... When two of the characters in your game are African-American, it's a weird thing to be accused of. We're like, 'how does this work'?"
"As far as Katrina goes, if you go down to New Orleans, Katrina's still going on. I mean, it's messed up, it is crazy that the city is still in the state it's in, and we treat that with the utmost respect...This is a videogame, those are real people's lives, we are not trying to make a statement with...
210w ago - Valve's E3 announcement that Left 4 Dead 2 would hit this year, almost one year to the day after the original, has seen mixed response. Nearly 25,000 fans of the original have pledged not to purchase the sequel.
Why? As outlined in the Left 4 Dead 2 boycott group's manifesto, that group of fans believe that the "stand-alone sequel will split the communities and decrease the quality of multiplayer gaming."
Miffed fans believe that the content so far revealed "does not warrant a stand-alone, full-priced sequel and should instead become updates (free or otherwise)" for the original Left 4 Dead.
Kotaku asked Valve for a response to those claims, to quote:
"Doing a sequel in one year is new for Valve. But providing ongoing support for our titles after the initial launch isn't - it has been part of our philosophy since Half-Life was released ten and half years ago," said Valve president Gabe Newell in a statement to Kotaku. "We see no reason to change that and will continue to support the over three million customers in the L4D community."
"E3 is a trade event where developers and publishers come to announce new games for the coming year. L4D2 -- like any new product -- requires an appearance at the show,"...