Saints Row IV is the first video game to fall foul of Australia’s new age rating system, as the game has been refused classification in the country, and will therefore not be permitted to release. …
Users banned on Xbox One will not lose access to the games they’ve purchased, Director of Programming Larry Hyrb (Major Nelson, colloquially) told Reddit Games during an E3 video interview.
This became a popular question following an Xbox Support Twitter answer from June 13 that read, “If your account is banned, you also forfeit the licenses to any games that have licenses tied to it as listed in the ToU.” The question specified Xbox One, but later, Xbox Support said this answer was in reference to Xbox 360.
Major Nelson had a clear answer for future banned users on Xbox One: “Absolutely not, you will always have access to the games you purchased.”
As for what will happen if, down the road, Xbox One’s authentication servers are shut down, Major Nelson couldn’t say. “I’ll get the real answer, I just don’t know it yet,” he said.
The All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association banned Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter in Pakistan, claiming that the games depicted Pakistan in a bad light. All stores were ordered to remove the games from their shelves, or face the consequences.
“The Association has always boycotted these types of films and games,” the Association wrote in a notice translated by Fox News. “These (games) have been developed against the country’s national unity and sanctity. The games (Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2) have been developed against Pakistan, and the Association has completely banned their sale. Shopkeepers are warned and will be responsible for the consequences if found purchasing or selling these games.”
President of the Association, Saleem Memon, further explained the ban when speaking to a foreign media outlet: “The problem is that there are things that are against Pakistan and they have included criticism of our army. They show the country in a very poor light.”
The owner of Pakistan capital Islamabad’s largest retail game store said that he hadn’t heard about the ban and that both games were “hot sellers.” Black Ops 2 sold more than 5,000 copies since its launch and Warfighter sold 1,000 in Pakistan, the owner said. Pirated versions of both games were still available in Pakistan, some selling for less than $ 2, and these figures didn’t contribute to official sales numbers.
GDC 2013 organizers have added major talks for the March show on The Walking Dead’s art, Insomniac’s experiment in free-to-play and Flash, and Halfbrick Studios’ banned, socially destructive prototype. …
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schniderman says that five gaming companies, including NCSoft and THQ, have agreed to purge the accounts of over 2100 registered sex offenders from their services. Earlier this year, over 3500 accounts were purged from major online game services run by Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard, EA, and others, and this latest drive adds more to that total (including some from Sony, which agreed to the initial purge but wasn’t able to remove the accounts until now).
The goal here is to keep registered sex offenders (who are required by law to register their email addresses, screen names, and other online information) away from children who might be playing on these platforms, and prevent them from contacting potential prey anonymously. Operation: Game Over, as this drive is being called, is the first instance of using this registration information to keep predators off of gaming networks. Hopefully, says Schniderman, it will help “block sex offenders from using gaming systems as a vehicle to prey on underage victims.”
With the new livestreaming functionality comes a few new rules specific to it, though they cover familiar territory: “Any user who is found to have offensive or unauthorized content in their live stream is subject to penalty,” Treyarch warns. “Offensive content includes but is not limited to foul language, racially charged language, and nudity. Unauthorized content includes but is not limited to unlicensed music, TV shows, movies and brand logos.” Minor offenses will result in temporary bans from streaming; “extreme offenders” will be reported to streaming providers (YouTube) for account deletion.
Consult the full rules here, and don’t be the kind of person who needs to consult the rules.
The other day, Treyarch listed the new regulations they’re imposing for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Now, I’m all for keeping the playing field as honest as it could be in real life, but some of these rules just aren’t going to work. The problem with trying to clean up online play is that you risk losing sales on the next installment.
Treyarch has had years to keep “offensive” or “abusive” behavior out of their online experience, and to suddenly slam the door in fans’ faces is dangerous. Yeah, it’s annoying to hear some brat talking trash about you and your mom, but don’t you want to be able to vent your victory after returning the death-count favor? We’ll see how many of the rules—that I’ve enclosed below—Treyarch will actually enforce, and if the next COD sales suffer for it. What do you guys think? Are you happy for the changes or is this about to get annoying? Just two more days before you can get your copy!
Modding / Hacking: Any user who runs a modified version of game code or uses a modified game profile is subject to penalty.
Pirated Content: Any user who illegally acquires Call of Duty: Black Ops II content is subject to penalty.
Unsupported Peripheral Devices and Applications: Any user who utilizes an unsupported external hardware device or application to interact with the game is subject to penalty. Unsupported peripheral devices and applications include but are not limited to modded controllers, IP flooders and lag switches.
Boosting: Any user who colludes with another user to exploit the game for the purpose of gaining XP, prestige, game score, weapon level, or in-game unlock is subject to penalty.
Glitching: Any user who abuses an exploit in game code or other established rule of play is subject to penalty. An example includes but is not limited to using a hole in the map geo to intentionally go outside of the map boundary.
Offensive Behavior: Any user who is found to use aggressive, offensive, derogatory or racially charged language is subject to penalty.
Offensive Emblems: Any user who creates an emblem with sexually gratuitous images, racially offensive material or foul language is subject to penalty.
Offensive Live Streams or Unauthorized Live Stream Content: Any user who is found to have offensive or unauthorized content in their live stream is subject to penalty. Offensive content includes but is not limited to foul language, racially charged language, and nudity. Unauthorized content includes but is not limited to unlicensed music, TV shows, movies and brand logos.
Are we seeing the next evolution in gaming? I think so! American Express and Microsoft have teamed up to reward normal players as well as the “completionists”. Eligible card holders in the United States of America and the United Kingdom who sync their AmEx card with their Xbox Live accounts will begin receiving coupons and money for playing Halo 4.
The coupons will be good at places like AMC Theatres, Carphone warehouse, and PacSun. Of course, once this gets out I’m sure the list will expand rapidly. Just for syncing your card and XBL, members will receive an automatic credit of $ 10 (US) or £10 (UK).
What will you have to do to receive said money? The same thing you’ll be doing anyway! AmEx cardholders will receive credits for all in-game achievements including completing the single-player campaign on Normal or the harder difficulty settings. For beating the game, your American Express account will automatically post a $ 25 credit (£25 for Europe) to your next statement. Also, if you’re one of the first 25 people in the US—or the first 5 in the UK—to lock-and-load on the Legendary difficulty level and successfully complete it, you’ll be automatically entered to win a trip to the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo! So check out the American Express and Xbox Live sync details this weekend so you’re all set for Halo 4‘s release this Tuesday on November 6th!
Oh, and for a last bit-o’-fun, a representative tweeted yesterday that people who legally received copies of Halo 4 early were accidentally banned in-game. They’re promising to fix the issue soon. Like… Maybe Tuesday? We’ll see!
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In a move that should surprise no one at all, Microsoft is issuing permanent Xbox Live bans to pirates of Halo 4. Pirates are now receiving emails explaining the situation, reports MCV. The emails note that the user in question has been “permanently suspended for illegitimate prerelease title play.” Lest the word “permanent” be unclear, the email goes on to note that “Xbox Live privileges will not be reinstated.” Microsoft pursued a similar course of action prior to the 2010 release of Halo: Reach.
It’s worth noting that the email refers to Xbox Live “account privileges,” which may indicate that Microsoft is banning user accounts but not the actual console on which they reside. In such cases, users can regain access to Xbox Live by starting a new account (which means paying for a new account in the case of Xbox Live Gold). We’ve reached out to Microsoft to find out if consoles are being banned as well.
Microsoft acknowledged reports last week that Halo 4 had been leaked onto the internet, and that it is “working closely with its security teams and law enforcement to address the situation.”
EX Troopers, a stylized spin-off of Lost Planet for 3DS and PS3 (hey, it is lost, after all), is in development from Capcom, produced by Monster Hunter’s Shintaro Kojima and directed by Resident Evil 5‘s Yasuhiro Anpo, Siliconera reports. Anpo contributed to Lost Planet itself as a “library programmer” as well.
EX Troopers will feature co-op multiplayer, a cel-shaded anime art style and is set to launch later this year. Unlike the version we asked you to stare at last month that has since been banned, Capcom’s official trailer above shows off the revamped art style in, well, style.