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Apple has refused to post Intern Saga: Trademark Lawyer, a free iOS game that takes a critical look at King’s Candy Crush Saga legal action, without giving a good reason, writes its developer. …
The Chinese government has banned Battlefield 4 in the country following the release of the China Rising expansion, the Wall Street Journal reports. The game was banned over “national security” reasons.
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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.