Electronic Arts has announced that it will be selling its popular video game Spore DRM-free, CNet reports. This decision comes after some other rather failed attempts to act in response to complaints about EA’s use of DRM. Besides Spore, the most downloaded game on BitTorrent, several other games are already available on the service like Crysis: Warhead and SiN Episodes: Emergence. More EA games will follow this first group : Warhammer Online, Need for Speed Undercover, Mass Effect and FIFA Manager 09 will also be added to the collection with some others joining later.
The DRM free version of Spore will be available at the same price as that of the games to be sold in a retail store. The company restricted earlier the use of game on three machines and later expanded the restriction to five.
“We are pleased to extend our holiday titles to gamers worldwide via Steam—a revolutionary technology that is one of the game industry’s most successful digital distribution services,” said John Pleasants, President of Global Publishing and COO of EA.
The word crisis seems to be on everybody’s lips these days, doesn’t it? Well, there’s still a segment that seems not affected by the critical economic status spreading round the world – the gamers. They still got the money for the thrill.
We say that after Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, the giants that virtually own the market for videogames, have reported their Q3 figures. The former managed to get ahead of Xbox 360 (370,000 units) with its Wii shipping 803,000 units. But the third in the race came Sony’s PS3 which only scored 190,000 units.
Even so, Sony’s growth in sales with 56% over the same period in 2007, as Engadget reports, is all the more astounding considering the violent strikes to the economy. That could be indeed due to PS 3 being the best Blu-ray player in the market.
The success of blockbuster Gears of War 2 exceeds expectations. The game has sold over 2 million units across the world and that only within its first weekend. The number is all the more remarkable as the game has been also downloaded from torrents during this time, GamesIndustry reports.
Cliff Bleszinski, design director at Epic Games emphasized the novelty this release brings in the gaming world: “We were so excited to launch Gears of War 2 on the same day all around the world, something virtually unheard of in the games business,” he said.
“We wanted our fans, no matter where they live, to have a shared experience on day one, and that’s exactly what’s happened.”
The source also reveals:
In addition to this, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson revealed on his blog that more than 1.5 million Xbox Live account holders played the game, playing a record 15 million gameplay hours between them all and unlocking over 19 million achievements.
Controversy hits again the the world’s leading independent developer and publisher of interactive entertainment and games softw, namely Electronics Arts (EA). Currently, the company is facing lawsuits related to its debated SecuROM DRM software and the way the latter is operating. The complaints claim that the SecuROM installs itself automatically into the system, without a prior permission, something which is totally wrongful. As much as this surprises us, the matter doesn’t end here, on the contrary, it gets worse – the application doesn’t completely un-install and presents users with the option to format their systems only. Gamepolitics.com quotes from the suit:
The inclusion of undisclosed, secretly installed DRM protection measures with a program that was freely distributed constitutes a major violation of computer owners’ absolute right to control what does and what does not get loaded onto their computers, and how their computers shall be used…
[SecuROM] cannot be completely uninstalled. Once installed it becomes a permanent part of the consumer’s software portfolio…
EA’s EULA for Spore Creature Creator Free Trial Edition makes utterly no mention of any Technical Protection Measures, DRM technology, or SecuROM whatsoever.
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The online file storage and file sharing website MyOtherDrive is back in the news with the announcement of a new contest. Starting now with the deadline fixed for December 31, any customer can invite his or her friends to open a free or paid account at MyOtherDrive and enter to win a Nintendo Wii game package. The winner will be drawn randomly drawing during the first week of January 2009.
Those who want to participate in the contest just have to sign up for a free or paid online file storage account at the site which offers free accounts capable of storing up to 5 gigabytes or one of three larger accounts that range from 25-400 gigabytes. The services for the paid accounts cost between $1.99 and $9.99 per month.
MyOtherDrive is more than an online backup and storage service – it serves as an online file sharing program as well, offering subscribers the possibility to publish content on the web or share content only with particular contacts.
“We’ve built in lots of ways for contestants to increase their odds of winning. Subscribers with a free online file sharing account will receive one entry for each friend who joins MyOtherDrive. Subscribers with any of the three paid accounts will receive five entries per successful friend invite,” said John DeRegnaucourt, president of MyOtherDrive.com.
For more information about the Wii giveaway contest, visit: http://www.myotherdrive.com.