GameStop has always been known for doing the right thing, right? Well, then this story should come as a shocker to you. If you have purchased your copy of
Deus Ex: Human Revolution from GameStop, you may have noticed a little code missing from your box. The code was to allow you to play the game for free using the wonderful services of OnLive.
GameStop, being afraid of a little competition, decided to remove those codes and that memo came from top brass, specifically Josh Ivanoff, GameStop's Field Operations Manager.
Please immediately remove and discard the On Live coupon from all regular PC versions of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Our desire is to not have this coupon go to any customers after this announcement.
Clearly, some associate in GameStop didn't agree with this and leaked the image of the memo. Good for them! GameStop now has to eat their words and apologize, and we have the details after the break.
Patents have been front and center in the media thanks to the recent
Google vs. the Rockstar organization events and Microsoft put in a neat little patent application February of last year for "Combined Surface User Interface," which Apple echoed on February of this year.
The idea behind this patent is to use pico projectors to display a workspace that can be integrated with another workspace from a different device. The user(s) will also be able to interact with the workspace through motions captured by the camera on the device.
Catch a glimpse into the future and see what I'm talking about after the break.
We all knew it was only a matter of time before the
Department of Justice's Google investigation started turning up some skeletons, but I don't think anyone thought Google would start settling the cases this quickly. The first case to come out of the investigations seems to be about advertising.
It would appear that Google took money from Canadian pharmaceutical companies to advertise their products to US residents. Now, while it is not unusual for Canadian companies to market to US citizens, it is unusual for a US-based advertiser to do so for pharmaceuticals. Why? It is illegal for a person to import non-FDA managed drugs, which is exactly the process these companies were trying to avoid.
How exactly did Google get involved and how much has it cost them? Hit the break to find out.
I have a bit of information for my aspiring game developers - if you want to publish your game on the Xbox LIVE Arcade, don't submit it to the PlayStation Network. If you do, your application for XBLA will be denied. Well, that is all assuming it is published on PSN before XBLA.
Obviously, this is all about getting exclusive content for Xbox, or at least getting the head start on the competition. This isn't the only policy Microsoft has that is similar; even the big publishers are required to have the same content on-disc across all platforms if Microsoft will allow it on their platform. As far as these demands, I understand and approve of them. Microsoft wants to protect their platform and, of course, their users.
To read what Chris Lewis of Xbox Europe has to say, hit the break.
We've talked in the past about Android's
Marketplace and overall security problems, and it seems they are not getting better. In fact, Google's attack rate has grown 76% in the past quarter. This is not surprising considering the platform's popularity.
For decades Apple has touted their lack of malware on their computer systems. The case, however, has never come down to the fact that Apples are incapable of being attacked, but instead on the fact that no one owned them and therefore there was no point in attacking them, though
that has changed some. Google's platform has become the most popular mobile platform, like Windows for computers, and therefore it has become the platform to attack.
Why has Apple remained unaffected? Hit the break to find out.
It's been a month since FOX
announced its 8 day Internet rule and only 2 weeks since it has gone into effect, but the results are already becoming apparent. As most people on the Internet knew before the rule went into effect, the result is, of course, piracy.
People do not use services like Hulu because they enjoy commercials; they do so because it is an easy and convenient way to get content in good quality legally. Hulu, however, is not the only way to get HD video online. There are plenty of sources for downloading video illegally, cutting the studios and broadcasters out of all revenue. That is exactly what is happening with FOX.
Want more on the cause and effect of the decision? Hit the break.