Zombie Controversy

Activision Deny Blacklisting French Website For Outing Black Ops 2

Activision was reportedly accused of blacklisting French site, Gameblog.fr for outing the Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 listing on Amazon which was then reported by many websites. Activision has now denied that the blog was blacklisted: “Activision doesn’t blacklist journalists” reports PR agency, GamesBeat as cited by GamesIndustyBiz. “We believe this was a misunderstanding and are working towards a resolution.” GIBiz…

Inversion Dev: “Players Should Have the Right to Buy and Sell Them [Games]”

The ‘second-hand’ game argument is a heated and notorious one – many publishers and developers frown upon the sale of the creative code as physical medium, suggesting gamers should only be allowed to buy games new and not sell them on. Recent rumours suggest the next-gen Xbox console could block the ability to play ‘pre-owned’ games. Matthew Karch, the Saber Interactive…

Microsoft Respond to Foxconn Mass Suicide Threat

Yesterday we reported on the disturbing events at a Foxconn manufacturing plant in China, who happened to produce Xbox 360 consoles amongst other electronic goods. Disgruntled workers threatened mass suicide after a series of remuneration issues and seemingly poor working conditions escalated. Following industry giant websites – Kotaku and the esteemed GamesIndustryBiz broke with the story yesterday, Microsoft has responded with…

Console Manufacturing Workers Threaten Mass Suicide

Disturbingly, Kotaku [as sited by GamesIndustryBiz] are reporting about 300 workers at a Foxconn manufacturing plant in China who reportedly threatened mass suicide this past week after a request for a pay increase was denied. GIBiz point out that Foxconn is a massive producer of Western electronics, including products for Nintendo, Apple, Sony and Microsoft, and Kotaku report that this particular…

Xbox Live Dashboard Launches Tomorrow – SA Getting One Channel in 2012

So tomorrow (6 December) the new Dashboard arrives at an unknown time.  It promises to be innovative and… blah-blah-blah.  Frankly, as a South African I don’t give a damn.  They could keep the old one for all I care.  Yes, the dashboard looks great – slick and contemporary – and is packed with features like ‘Beacons’ and, erm, stuff, but…

Steam Boss Says Piracy is “Almost Always a Service Problem and Not a Pricing Problem”

Valve  co-founder and CEO, Gabe Newell has contradictory views on the popular claim that lower prices for games will combat the rampant piracy issues. In a interview with Cambridge Student Online, as reported by IGN, Newell has come out and claimed that piracy is “almost always a service problem” and not a pricing problem. Offering an example, Steam boss explains: “If a pirate…