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Dead Space 3 resource ‘exploit’ similar to theft, claims IP expert

Monday, 11 February 2013 11:52 GMT By Dave Cook

Dead Space 3′s use of microtransactions has got a lot of gamers upset and has prompted the games press to question the nature of micro-payments in console titles. However, a supposed glitch was unearthed in the game’s 8th chapter – although EA claims it isn’t a glitch at all – which supposedly gives players infinite resources. That could legally be considered stealing, says IP expert Sara Ludlam.

We missed this one last week, but Ludlam discussed the nature of microtransactions with the BBC, and said “If you go into a baker’s to buy a bun and they give you the wrong change and you walk away knowing you have been given more change than you handed over in the first place, that’s theft.

“So, arguably if you go into this game knowing you are supposed to be paying for these weapons and you notice a glitch allows you to accumulate them without paying, that’s theft as well. But it is arguable because it’s a new area.”

It is indeed a new area with plenty of grey patches that the industry hasn’t quite figures out yet. However EA responded to the infinite farming issue in a statement that we reported on here.

What’s your take on the issue? Are microtransactions the way forward, or can you not stand them?

Cheers OXM.

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27 Comments

  1. mithrandir

    Microtransactions are the big evil. They are the big temptress.
    To developers, they will tempt them to make the game SO hard that gamers will be forced to buy credits, or be forever grinding. For gamers, it will be like the sirens, constantly trying to lure you to give in, and spend those few bucks for instant pleasure.
    It doesn’t belong in games, and is now introduced for all the wrong reasons.

    As for Dead Space 3: Does Isaac even have a PSN account? If not, how can that be as immersive as it’s supposed to be?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DeVitowned

    Fuck this dumbass. Not only did EA say it isn’t a glitch, the prick assumes, quite ignorantly, that you HAVE to BUY the resources. Stick to IP instead of blowing smoke out your ass.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ali

    Let me tell what is theft. Giving a baker 59.99 dollars to get a cake (shown to be complete with fruitcake on it) only to be sold the fruitcake as a stand alone even though they should be originally included in the deal.

    I paid 59.99 to get whatever you guys put on the game with the original budget. Breaking the contents apart and reselling em as DLC and upgrades is theft.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Hirmetrium

    To put what #2 said more politely, the analogy and thought process here used is incorrect.

    It’s a very new area, and they have to be careful. You are effectively paying for on disk content that can be acquired for free – I do not see why EA are charging you for it in addition to the base price. Like the Baker charging you for the buns, then saying you can’t have them crispy unless you pay him extra.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Fin

    Yer, the IP person hasn’t had the whole thing explained to her. Bit of a non-story.

    @3

    No dude, that’s not theft at all. It’s just people being mean. Totally different.

    @4

    No it’s not. (forgive me for going down the rabbit hole of analogies)
    It’s like the baker giving you a plate of buns and saying hey, I can separate these for you if you pay me extra, or you can separate them yourself, which is free but will take longer.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Hirmetrium

    @5: More like the fruitcake doesn’t have fruit unless you gather it yourself, or pay the man extra.

    Analogies are still a poor way to approach the issue. This is similar to withholding content in a complete package and ransoming it for cash to the purchaser.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Fin

    @6

    You have a source that they’re withholding content, rather than it simply not being ready?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. xxJPRACERxx

    I’m sure this IP “expert” bitch is the kind of asshole that sue because people post some shit on YouTube and you can hear some copyrighted music in the background or because you downloaded a book on a torrent site and you must pay the million dollar the company lost.

    100% agree with #2 and 3.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Puggy

    Interesting topic to be honest.
    With all the Save Game editing software available for PS3 and Xbox 360, I would wonder if it is also illegal to alter your save in a way to have more resources.
    One could argue the save was created with the code (game) provided by the company and thus is theirs. However the code (game) was written in a programming language, so that would lead to the game not being theirs.

    And just to make sure, you should not make the mistake and confuse justice with “legal.” Two totally different pair of shoes there.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. lexph3re

    Wait so your telling me because the bakers dozen has 13 and not 12. I am stealing even though the baker intentionally gave me more to balance out his load?

    If Dead Space 3 was completely Micro based I would see her argument. However, it’s not. If this expert would have done a bit of research they would know earlier Visceral established M-T as a means to speed up the process not to be the focus point.

    I love people who formulate opinions on half assed research.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Lloytron

    IP ‘experts’ comparing digital transactions to the real world? Oh dear.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Judicas

    Good lord! Are you that hard up for stories you really feel the need to post this kind of rubbish? Have some integrity and stick to actual news.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Hirmetrium

    @7: I don’t think you understand entirely.

    There is content which you must pay to access i.e. resources. Now, obviously these can be gathered via ingame and used to buy ingame weapons which you can get without paying for, but a lot of folks have compared it to old school cheats. Your paying for something you effectively… already own. It’s half withholding content (until you reach an arbitrary barrier) compared to say, free DLC in dead space 2 (which you have available from the in game store when you start).

    This new age of achievements also muddies the water SIGNIFICANTLY. Somebody has paid for a clear advantage over somebody else. Is that fair? how can achievements be compared if one person paid for them, and somebody else didn’t?

    And don’t forget the 11 Day one DLC packs. Thats a lot of content which no doubt was also with the game.

    There are several gray areas (as others have said) and issues at work here. None of them are simple, and this IP expert had made the situation considerably worse.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Beta

    It’s not theft, it’s not even comparable to real world theft because you aren’t forced to pay to acquire these items.

    Uninformed dullard.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. TheWulf

    What?

    Did someone just compare a single-player videogame cheat to real world stealing? So, if I hack my copy of Pokemon Black (which I frequently do thanks to an Action Replay), then that’s the equivalent of stealing a car?

    …I don’t like modern day. Can I go back to the ’80s/’90s, please?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. TMRNetShark

    @All

    You didn’t know Pickpocketing in Skyrim was against the law? Yeah, it’s technically breaking the law, cause video games are real life! Also, speeding in Need for Speed will get you a speeding ticket…

    Sheesh these people are idiots.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Phoenixblight

    “And don’t forget the 11 Day one DLC packs. Thats a lot of content which no doubt was also with the game.”

    You mean the weapons that can be made by just playing the game and crafting with the pieces? Also by just playing the game and using the scavenger bot and doing optional quests you get ration seals which you can then purchase the dlc packs. Really the only people that are complaining about the micro-shop are the people that clearly haven’t played the game.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. The_Red

    So people are stealing from the game that they paid 60 dollars for? Yeah right. The bakery example is just hilarious. You don’t pay 60 bucks for a bun.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DSB

    Gaming was making a lot more money for everybody when they weren’t doing this shit.

    Maybe because they were busy actually making games, instead of business models.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. YoungZer0

    @19: Back then we would only milk the cow. Now we milk it till there is no drop left. We cut it into pieces and sell the meat and fat. We then grind the bones and use it as food for the other cows.

    That is the current videogame industry in a nutshell.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    @20 I think kneejerk should be the epitaph of the way the industry is run. Everything is a foregone conclusion for those executives, they aren’t exactly open to the idea that maybe micro-transactions aren’t the best way to deliver entertainment.

    Penny Arcade Report did a nice piece on a DICE lecture about how people would probably pay extra to avoid micro-transactions, because they lessen the experience of actually enjoying your product.

    An uninterrupted experience = Higher value for some.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Hellhound30x

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!! THEFT? IS HE SERIOUS????? THEFT???? HA HA HA!!! MAN what bullshit is this? Sometimes I just want to grab the change in my pocket and throw it at them as hard as I can. You want to nickel and dime me? Well here ya go!
    Just watch guys… as time goes by soon they will be selling energy drinks for the video game characters. Wait, wait, wait… gas, air, food… all digital products that will some how affect your in game character in which you have to pay for it… PAY REAL MONEY FOR A make believe item in a VIDEO GAME!!! ROFL!!! HA HA HA HA!

    (20 years from now!)
    two guys sitting in a prison cell.
    guy #1. “so what did you do?”
    guy #2. “I robbed me a bank, and they gave me 5 years… So what did you do?
    guy #1. deep sigh. “I stole imaginary video game resources to make a gun. They gave me 45 years for THEFT!”

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
    what kind of sad world are these publishers living in…

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Cobra951

    What a crock. Once I buy a game, I am free to use it any way I see fit. Any attempt to change that rule set simply means I won’t buy the game in the first place. Free to play? No such thing. I still won’t buy into it.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. dcarnage

    This is no different than say Battlefield Bad Company 2 or BF3. You can grind levels to unlock weapons or you can buy microtransactions to unlock the guns before you reach the required level. You do not need to buy anything. Although I am afraid of games becoming like Facebook games where it will be near impossible to get certain items unless you use the microtransaction system to get the items. I still bought DS3 because those microtransactions are not necessary to complete the game but when games add microtransactions that are required to beat the game or compete in multiplayer then it will automatically be a no-buy for me.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Vice

    I absolutely despise all kinds of dlc and microtransactions, unless it’s a f2p title. I still remember times of PS1-2 when we were buying a game once and we didn’t have to pay anything else to be able to play it.

    However speaking purely of Dead Space-3 here, I have no idea why would anyone ever pay for something in this game, I’m playing on hard from beginning and shotgun alone is pretty much all you need to clear the game, and if you make yourself a grenade launcher with sniper rifle, just enjoy a fun easy game.
    However I definitely can see them testing new grounds with it to steal more money from us (yes, steal) and I am not amused.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. DoucheVader

    I have no issues with MicroTransactions, it’s completely optional especially in a game like Dead Space 3. The fact that you can use bots to collect this stuff really makes spending money completely unnecessary.

    I think everyone that is against MicroTrans needs to really take a deep breath and cool their jets. Using language like stealing isn’t germane to micro transactions unless those micro transactions are required to move forward.

    So please for the love of gaming have a sense of proportion about your outrage. Is it really this necessary to get all worked up about a game that is completely optional to buy with completely optional DLC / Microtransactions?

    I have NO ISSUE with developers trying to create alternate revenue streams for their products. Especially in this economy.

    Video gaming isn’t a right, so stop acting like there is some sort of established doctrine that supports how you think you should be treated. Grow the fuck up too.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DSB

    Somehow I doubt that micro-transactions have anything to do with the love of gaming.

    The love of something green, on the other hand..

    #27 2 years ago

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  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.