Friday, November 28, 2008

The Sims 2 & Paysites -- Together at Last?

If you celebrated it, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! And if you didn't (and even if you did), I hope this weekend is great! Here's some The Sims 2 news for you:

Poster Judhudson over at Urban Online Entertainment lets us know that the Maxoids are now defending the Paysites' rights to make money. He quotes a post made by MaxisDrea which forbids linking to PaySitesMustBeDestroyed on the official The Sims 2 Forums. That sounds fair enough, right? Until you hear her reasoning:

"This site often posts content that is either from our TS2 Store or from partner sites which are pay/subscription based. This is considered linking to pirated content." (emphasis mine)
Judhudson argues:
"As I recall, [PSMBD members] don’t post content from your store because it is official created by EA and technically is commercial content (even though it’s my opinion that it’s stupid to charge for such). PaySites Must Be Destroyed was setup to host content from fan-made paysites.

Speaking of which…since when did paysites become “Partner sites”?* Isn’t this breaking your own rules?"
So head on over to the Urban Entertainment Forums via the link above, grab some popcorn, and check out the sources he lists at the bottom. Once again, EA Maxis is providing us with a wild ride.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

24 Spore Parts - Free!

Last week, in honor of the new Creepy & Cute Parts Pack, Maxis released a patch that installs 24 new creature parts into your game. They're "exoskeleton limbs," and they're not available for the Creature Creator Trial Edition. You also have to have the EADM installed. The patch is for both PC and Mac. Enjoy!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Ozzy Osbourne and His Undead Warlock

There are naysayers who insist that Ozzy doesn't actually play World of Warcraft. But I choose to believe! You be the judge.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Horde Goes to War!

So, what was the deal with the frost wyrms in Orgrimmar yesterday? When did Lady Sylvanus decide a move to Durotar was in order? Why was Thrall battling beloved Grom Hellscream's only son, Garrosh? And, most importantly, why will millions of players pay an additional $40 this week to play World of Warcraft? This video, made by one of my guildmates, explains it all.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

EA Teaches Customers How to Pirate Their Software

If I hadn't read it on arstechnica, I wouldn't have believed it. Seems that EA distributed copies of Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 with incomplete CD keys. To correct the problem, they are teaching customers how to guess their CD key.

"There is currently a workaround that may allow you to bypass this issue," the entry reads. "Since you have the first 19 characters of the code already, you can basically try 'guessing' the last character. To do this, simply enter your existing code, and then for the last character, try the letters A-Z, and then the numbers 0-9. You should eventually get the right combination, and be able to play the game. If this does not work, you can follow the instructions below."

Isn't that encouraging--no, teaching--piracy? If so, then why even have a DRM at all?

Update: EA has updated the entry on their website to no longer include the quoted information.

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