All Games Should Unlock Every Level Right Away

Super Mario 4D Universe—or whatever the next one will be called—should come with every single level in the Mushroom Constitutional Monarchy unlocked. The next Grand Theft Auto should make all of its missions immediately playable in the very first minute. Uncharted 4 should let me jump into the middle of Nathan Drake’s… »10/16/15 7:00pm10/16/15 7:00pm


Still No Word Why Far Cry 4 Stopped Working For Some Xbox One Owners

Far Cry 4 for the Xbox One disappeared from the Xbox Marketplace for a little while earlier this week, preventing some from playing a game they own. The problem was eventually solved, but the whole thing's left me pretty confused. What exactly happened...and why? Unfortunately, Microsoft's brief statement on the issue… »1/09/15 6:15pm1/09/15 6:15pm

GameTrailers reports that Darkspore, EA's always-online action-RPG from 2011, has been pulled from S

GameTrailers reports that Darkspore, EA's always-online action-RPG from 2011, has been pulled from Steam following complaints about game-breaking network issues. An announcement on the game's official forums says that these bugs will not be fixed as the game is "for almost all intents & purposes an abandoned title." »7/01/13 6:20am7/01/13 6:20am

The Witcher's Anti-DRM Studio Finds Itself in a Bind with Xbox One

Few major developers could be as publicly anti-DRM as CD Projekt Red, makers of the Witcher series. Yet there they were with The Witcher 3, getting a good five minutes of stage time with the Xbox One, the face of console DRM going forward. The studio is committed to releasing on Xbox One but none too happy about being… »6/13/13 9:30pm6/13/13 9:30pm

EA Labels President Calls DRM a "Failed, Dead-End Strategy," Says SimCity "Plays Like an MMO"

At GDC, had the opportunity to talk to EA Labels president Frank Gibeau about SimCity and its always-online requirement, which caused a considerable amount of grief to many players at the game's launch. Gibeau acknowledged this, but insisted that what SimCity had wasn't DRM. »3/28/13 5:00am3/28/13 5:00am

Cloud Computing is Why the New SimCity Needs an Always-On Connection, Studio Says

A couple weeks ago, the SimCity gang at Maxis held an AMA at Reddit. That may not have been such a smart idea. They don't like DRM over there, for any reason, and SimCity's gonna require an always-on Internet connection to play it, in any mode. It's no surprise that this comment, a compendium of anti-DRM remarks, was… »12/26/12 11:00am12/26/12 11:00am