Tag Archives: piracy

Pirates Set Sail for Ubisoft

Avast, me hearties! Piracy is running rampant in the PC gaming market–according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, at least. Guillemot claims that 93-95% of PC gamers should be playing whilst wearing an eye patch and swilling rum from a dirty bottle. Shiver my fucking timbers, that’s a huge number, and one about which I’d like to hear some more information. Guillemot didn’t qualify whether that percentage encompasses the entire world, his studio’s little corner of French Canada, or just PC gamers who play on Tuesdays. I’m ridiculous, so I like to imagine that he also included a few shouts of “Sacre bleu!” Regardless, it’s driving Ubisoft toward a free-to-play model. Also according to Guillemot, approximately 7% of free-to-play gamers pay for parts of their otherwise gratis game. In that case, why bother charging people up front when  you can just release the thing for free...

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38 Studios: Memos from the Reckoning

The craziest soap opera to hit Rhode Island since the state first declared its independence from Great Britain just keeps rolling on. Check out our previous batches of leaked memos here and here. They’re sure to tickle your funny bone. Date: June 1, 2012 Subject: Relocation From: Curt 38 Studios move to the VIP room of the Satin Doll, Providence’s second classiest gentlemen’s club, will be complete sometime this afternoon. Club manager Big Rob gave me some guff about the life-size statue of yours truly we’re storing in his ladies’ room, but after intense negotiations we’ve come to an agreement: my statue is welcome in the Satin Doll on the condition that the Satin Doll’s featured dancer, Cherry Cheesecake, is allowed to make use of it during her afternoon set. Johnny B, you’re in charge of hosing that bitch down after every performance. R.A. Dickey,...

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Humble Indie Bundle V Announced – Gamers Upset

The recently announced Humble Indie Bundle V includes some pretty awesome games: Amnesia: The Dark Decent, Limbo, Psychonauts, Bastion, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. A new added twist has some gamers a little angry: this time around, to get Steam keys for your games you need to pay an additional dollar. Since this news has come about gamers have been very upset. xXDeathMarauderXx1923 said the following upon hearing the news. This is getting insane! We gamers don’t deserve this. The Humble Indie Bundle is about us getting games cheap, for whatever price we want. I was going to pay a dollar to get the games, now I have to pay two? I am sick and tired of game companies pulling this kind of shit, first it was the Mass Effect ending, then Diablo 3, and now this? Game companies are going too far, I...

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The Lord of Terror Feasts on Your Tears

I am not going to tell you that you can’t dislike something in a game. I am also not going to tell you that you can’t complain about it. What I am going to tell you is that your complaints are completely invalidated when you continue to give the companies you complain about your money. Last week’s biggest PC release was unquestionably Diablo 3. Like every major release lately, it started certain gamers’ tears flowing–and with Diablo 3, they’re flowing hard. Diablo 3 is not a perfect game, but it also isn’t Diablo 2. It never will be, and for those looking for Diablo 2, I recommend playing a game called Diablo 2. I think what bothers me the most about the Diablo 3 fallout is that I am not sure the game ever had a chance. People were salivating, not to play the game,...

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April 2012 Wrap-Up

April showers bring May flowers.  They also taught us about piracy, movies that actually deserve video game adaptations, and everything you would ever want to know about PAX East.  And they effected our mass a little bit. Without further ado, our ten most popular posts of April 2012: Piracy Is Not Boycotting – You would think this would obvious to people; not so. Just another failure of our education system.  Oh well. The Hunger Games Would Be the Best MMO Ever – I only see one problem: the character creation functionality won’t churn out any males that don’t look like pansy-ass Twilight actors. The beard choices, however, very well could change gaming as we know it. Five Games That Should Not Be Remade Under Any Circumstances – I wholeheartedly apologize for writing a title that was too big for our pretty picture boxes. Hopes and...

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Piracy is not boycotting

EA isn’t making any friends right now. With the whole Mass Effect release day DLC, Mass Effect ending, Origin and Sim City limited edition bullshit, they are not high on people’s list of top video game publishers. While I think the reaction to the Mass Effect ending is a bit over the top, I can’t really blame people for not being happy. Recently, EA announced that Sim City would be an Origin exclusive, so we can chalk that up as one more game that I will not be playing. People need to start voting with their wallets; if you dislike what EA is doing, stop buying the games. It is that simple. I am not asking you to boycott them–I hate the concept of video game boycotts in general because they only end up making everyone look like a hypocrite or an asshole or allow...

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The most pirated game of 2010

I am not sure I have made it abundantly clear yet, but I greatly dislike game pirates. I am a firm believer that you should be supporting a game developer. Another reason why I dislike pirates is because it forces companies to add in bullshit DRM and additional security measures into games, many of which hinder the experience for honest, paying gamers. It is like the old saying “This is why we can’t have nice things.” According to Torrentfreak Call of Duty: Black Ops was the most pirated game of 2010, despite the fact that it has made over one billion dollars on PC. This bothers me much more than other years. That is because this year, there is no excuse. In past years gamers have pirated games as statement or a boycott because they do not like something the developer has done with the...

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