Online Passes Treated Every Customer Like a Shoplifter

Every time I bring home a new video game I have this ritual: I take a fish boning knife and slide it under a fold in the shrinkwrap, then twist. Then I try to remove all of the cellophane in one piece, like it's the world's biggest peel-and-eat shrimp. If it's an Xbox 360 game, I slip it down under the obnoxious seal… » 10/21/13 4:48pm 10/21/13 4:48pm

Guy Suing Subway Over Sandwich Length Sues GameStop Over DLC

Electronic Arts may have ended its odious online pass policy, but GameStop still is on the hook. A judge will allow a lawsuit to go forward with allegations GameStop didn't disclose the hidden cost of downloadable content. The plaintiff has also sued Subway for making 11-inch sandwiches and selling them as footlongs. » 8/10/13 7:00pm 8/10/13 7:00pm

Twisted Metal Will Require an Online Pass After All

The creator of venerable car-combat series Twisted Metal had hoped that the game's upcoming PlayStation 3 reawakening would not be subjected to an "Online Pass," that single-use code unlocking online multiplayer access to the game. David Jaffe admitted it wasn't his decision though, and Sony proved him right. Twisted… » 1/20/12 11:30pm 1/20/12 11:30pm

Online Pass Codes Can Expire, But Shouldn't, Says EA

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit released more than a year ago, but a NeoGAF member recently picked up a new, shrinkwrapped copy. He was upset to learn that the code inside for his Online Pass, which provides access to the game's multiplayer features, had expired. That's right: New-in-the-box game, unused code, and no… » 12/03/11 3:00pm 12/03/11 3:00pm

EA's $15 Million in 'Online Pass' Revenue Isn't 'Dramatic', but It…

In comments yesterday, Electronic Arts' chief financial officer suggested that Online Pass—the program under which gamers who pick up a used copy of an EA Sports game typically shell out another $10 to EA if they want to activate multiplayer for it—has netted the company in the realm of $10 to $15 million since it was… » 9/10/11 3:00pm 9/10/11 3:00pm

Dirt 3 Multiplayer Gets the Online Pass Treatment

Dirt 3 due out Tuesday, will also include a single-use code to enable online access - a growing trend, if not the new norm, in console games with heavy online components. The "VIP Pass" also comes with a set of five vehicles, and it's free in retail copies. If you get a used copy of the game and the code doesn't work,… » 5/20/11 10:44pm 5/20/11 10:44pm