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

How Long Should a Game Hang In There Online Before It Taps Out?

EA Sports MMA » 3/23/12 6:01pm 3/23/12 6:01pm was , alternating publication years with its cousin. No one thought it would be getting a sequel after its major license, Strikeforce, But shows the first edition's lifespan fell far short of EA Sports' expectations.

EA: No Online Pass for Syndicate

Not all Electronic Arts-published games will be given the Project $10/ Online Pass treatment. Rather than slap Syndicate with a one-use code that unlocks the game's multiplayer features, EA will keep such access free, to grow interest in the shooter's co-op mode it says. » 2/01/12 11:30pm 2/01/12 11:30pm

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

Twisted Metal Hopes to Avoid the Online Pass Treatment

Twisted Metal's creator is hoping the PS3 game can get out of implementing an online pass, but told Eurogamer that it's ultimately not his call. Still, David Jaffe thinks that keeping one out of the car-combat game could be a goodwill gesture that grows its installation base. » 12/07/11 11:40pm 12/07/11 11:40pm

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

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