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From out of the heavens this week, EA reigned down the announcement that they will discontinue their practice of online passes. For those not privy to how the “passes” work(ed), a customer who bought a second hand or used game had to purchase an additional, separate pass to access the game’s online features (which usually cost around 10 bucks). If you buy the game new, the “online pass” could be activated with a code included with the game.
The measure allowed the publisher to pocket some coin on the sale of a used game; while EA is largely credited with beginning the practice, it has since been adopted by publishers Activision and Ubisoft. However, EA, in impeccable corporate speak, said the practice is donezo: Continue reading “What EA Getting Rid of Online Passes Tells Us About The Games Industry (And Gamers)” »
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Bringing the total up to 125 games that have had their online support shutdown, Electronic Arts is shutting down servers for 14 games, some of which are less than two years old.
EA released a statement announcing the “service updates” (via Ars Technica) that included a list of games that will officially be shut down, some on March 31st and others April 13th. Ars points out one of the games, EA Sports MMA, was an Online Pass title that charged preowned users for access.
Fortunately, you’re probably going to be too preoccupied with the largest DLC pack in history for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 hitting Xbox Live today to even notice. Today’s releases include Spec Ops missions and a new MP map for Elite members, and also the full collection of previous DLC with two Spec Ops missions and four MP maps in the full pack. Continue reading “EA Dropping Online Support For Several Games As COD DLC Hits XBL” »