EA is anti-consumer. They started the online pass. They monetize cheats. They sell in-game equipment. They keep items exclusive to pre-orders. They release downloadable content on day one. They sell leveling to imbalance online play. One generation ago, we had none of it.
GameStop has become this weird, illogical target. Any time someone takes a stand against the likes of overpriced downloadable content, online passes, or other anti-consumer practice, it's GameStop's fault.
The first Passport title on Xbox 360 was supposed to be Driver: San Francisco, a revitalized franchise entry with lofty expectations. Due to a printing error, the Xbox 360 version is missing four additional digits necessary for this to actually work.
The fight for digital supremacy heats up as EA has announced they will not be putting Battlefield 3 on Steam. The sure-to-be multi-million seller has been slated instead for EA's own recently created Origin service.
An EA game with a $10 online pass option? Who woulda thunk it? Well, anyone paying attention actually, the uber-hyped first-person shooter franchise probably set to be saddled with the dreaded "Project $10" upon release.
Prolific game publisher/developer UbiSoft, one of the largest in the world, is jumping in with their variation of the online pass. Beginning with their attempt to revitalize the previously dormant open-world franchise Driver: San Francisco, high profile titles from the company will utilize the pass.
The company that founded the online pass, also known as "Project $10," now owns PopCap. In a deal worth $750 million ($650 million in cash, $100 million in stock), PopCap has a publisher following weeks of speculation.
For a full priced sports game, one would suspect EA to at least offer some type of support for the retail Jam, basics like roster updates or some minor additional quirks. LeBron and Cleveland don't really go together anymore if you haven't noticed.
Contrary to popular belief, theaters are not required by any statute to keep kids out of R-rated films. They do so under their own discretion, much like video game stores working in tandem with the ESRB rating system. Passing a law in similar terms for video games would mean they become the only regulated mainstream entertainment product.
Electronic Arts has opened the doors of a new digital distribution label titled Origin, a name borrowed from a fantastic, long-running PC development team. The service is aimed at the PC only, EA either trying to avoid the cemented Steam platform that dominates the digital PC universe, or attempting to cut into their share of the digital-only profits.