BioWare's Community Coordinator, Chris Priestly, is letting Mass Effect fans know that if they plan on helping Commander Shepard save the planet from Reapers, they'll have to go about it without using their Steam accounts. Mass Effect 3 will require interacting with EA's Origin platform and will be available for purchase through Origin and select digital download services not owned by Valve.
By now you should be at least partially familiar with the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), a pair of bills that would give big media companies even more power on the Internet than they already have (and if this is the first you're hearing of this, read this, check out our SOPA and PIPA coverage, and » Read More
Star Wars: The Old Republic (TOR) comes with a buffet of a story for an MMO, but you only get to fill your plate once. From decisions as significant as choosing your character’s class specialization to events as trivial as responding to dialog options, much of what you do during your character's main story has a lasting and permanent effect. We like the feast: BioWare’s masterful use of instanced environments creates more captivating gameplay for the solo quester than most any other MMO.
But just how does it fare as a massive multiplayer game? Hit the jump to read more!
It's one thing to claw your way to the top of the lightsaber-swinging heap -- to let Yoda ride in your backpack and relentlessly crush your self-esteem the old-fashioned way. It's something else entirely, however, to cheat the system and un-balance the Force with your ill-gotten loots. The latter, BioWare claims, is the reason it can justify controversial temporary bans handed out to lower level SWTOR players who've ventured to the level 40 planet of Ilum. But is that really all there is to it?
With each revision, the list of SOPA supporters seems to be shrinking. In the most recent silent update, gaming companies seem to be the ones pulling back. Sony, EA, and Nintendo are no longer listed as supporters of the bill, but were on the list in November. None of the companies has acknowledged the change in position.
Well this stinks. Earlier this week it was being reported that Lord British himself (aka Richard Garriott) was having "discussions at very high levels with Electronics Arts" about access to the Ultima property. That tidbit popped up on Eurogamer, and if you're an Ultima fan, the thought of Garriott taking the reigns of Ultima Online would have been a sweet holiday surprise. The only problem is, no such discussions took place, at least not recently.
Have you ever felt a burning desire to “leverage your social network strategically”? We definitely have -- but mostly when cage battles to the death and annoying friends who won't stop pestering us with [Location]Ville invites are involved. EA, however, is now offering an option of a more enticing (and, let's face it, plausible) sort: Command & Conquer. Hooray! Wait, this is “hooray” news, right? What's that you say? Oh. Oh goodness.
You make a finite amount of money. Typically, that money gets spent on essentials, like paying the rent, your bills and procuring fine single malt scotches. With so many needs to attend to, by the end of the month, most folks find themselves with precious little scratch left over to spend on their wants, meaning that decisions and sacrifices will have to be made. Will you be going out to dinner or seeing a movie? Socking away a bit of coin for a rainy day or for a vacation? Buying software or… not? After all, why buy when you can pirate everything most of today’s popular titles for the low, low cost of free? Well, we’ll tell you. Before you decide to go torrent an application or game you’ve been keen on, consider our 10 practical arguments against piracy, and always try to remember — you get what you pay for.
You know, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick might be just a teensy bit biased against Star Wars: The Old Republic. Let's see: Biggest rag-tag rebel threat to his sister company's MMO empire? Check. Coming from a company against which he's locked in a life-and-death struggle for triple-A supremacy? Check. A company that recently snatched half of his biggest moneymaker right out from under his nose? Check and check. All that aside, however, he does make a pretty solid point.
You'd think that losing an entire nation's worth of potential customers would be a bit of a downer, but EA's step is still packed with spring, swagger, and sudden stop-turns followed by that obnoxious finger gun thing people sometimes do. So, what gives? Simple: Iranian BF3 players weren't customers in the first place.