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Minecraft developer says EA is “methodically destroying” gaming

Minecraft developer says EA is “methodically destroying” gaming

If you were inclined to feel pity for international megacorporations, you might just set your sympathetic gaze on Electronic Arts - because at the moment, no one else is. After EA released a new batch of "indie" games on the PC gaming distribution network Steam, the developer of the incredibly popular Minecraft series had some choice words for the multi-billion-dollar company. Markus "Notch" Persson has become something of a gaming demagogue since Minecraft exploded onto the independent scene, and he made it clear in no uncertain terms that EA was pushing into an area where it doesn't belong.

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You don’t actually own your apps

You don’t actually own your apps

Today the folks at Electronic Arts have sent out a message to all iOS users of the app Rock Band saying they'll not be able to play the game at all after May 31st. This not only proves EA is as The Consumerist said it was in their last annual awards show: the Worst Company in America, it shows the fragility of the app universe as a whole. What EA has revealed to millions of unsuspecting app downloaders around the world is this: when you pay for an application in the mobile world, you don't actually own the app itself, you just own the license for the app - and your ownership is not indefinite.

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Crysis 3 official gameplay trailer released

Crysis 3 official gameplay trailer released

Details on EA's Crysis 3 game along with a short 14-second teaser clip were released last week, but now the official two-minute gameplay trailer has arrived, giving fans a good taste of the awesome graphics to come. The game is being developed by Crytek, using the latest CryENGINE technology, and will be heading to the PC, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3 in Spring 2013.

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EA’s Mass Effect 3 online multiplayer events barred on PS3

EA’s Mass Effect 3 online multiplayer events barred on PS3

The online component of EA and Bioware smash hit Mass Effect 3 is a little bit muddled on the PS3. To help keep things interesting in the online multiplayer world, developer Bioware has been running numerous promotions, such as the ability to gain extra XP or receiving bonuses for completing various tasks. However, perhaps unknown to those playing the game on the Xbox 360 or PC, none of this stuff has been making its way to the PS3 version of the game.

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EA’s Need For Speed video game being turned into movie

EA’s Need For Speed video game being turned into movie

Usually, when a video game franchise is turned into a movie, it's either so hideous that it's funny, or it's so campy that it's hideous. Nevertheless, game publishers and movie studios to continue to collaborate in the hopes that they might create another Resident Evil blockbuster film series, or something that manages to go wildly mainstream like Tomb Raider. The next contestant in this game? Need For Speed.

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Consumerist’s Worst Company in America award goes to EA

Consumerist’s Worst Company in America award goes to EA

Electronic Arts has been voted the "Worst Company in America," a title it's unlikely to boast about in its company profile. EA is one of the largest video game publishers in the world and some of its titles are heralded as the cream of the crop within the industry, but its business practices and corporate culture overshadowed that in the series of polls conducted by consumer watchdog website The Consumerist.

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EA’s poor-performing console, iOS game servers being shuttered

EA’s poor-performing console, iOS game servers being shuttered

Electronic Arts has announced that beginning at the end of March and for a couple weeks thereafter, it will no longer be supporting online gameplay options for a large number of Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, and iPhone/iPad games. The company noted that the affected titles, though seemingly large in number, only accounted for less than 1% of all peak online gameplay connections. The maintenance of keeping those servers running just wasn't worth it.

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EA’s Madden 13 cover athlete likely to be Tim Tebow

EA’s Madden 13 cover athlete likely to be Tim Tebow

It's that time of year again. Electronic Arts is trying to figure out who to put on the cover of the latest iteration in its long-running Madden NFL video game series. And, according to the odds makers, it looks like Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is the likely candidate. Oh yes, people have been crunching the numbers to figure out who should get the top honor.

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EA confirms Mass Effect 2 cloud saves won’t work in Mass Effect 3

EA confirms Mass Effect 2 cloud saves won’t work in Mass Effect 3

The ability to save Xbox 360 game saves to the cloud is pretty cool. It means you can create virtual backups of all your save files, open them on another player's system, and never lose your progress if you had to replace your Xbox 360. Unfortunately, cloud stuff always has hiccups, and that's being demonstrated with the new release of Mass Effect 3.

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EA fans clamor to retrieve first “Space Edition” copies of Mass Effect 3

EA fans clamor to retrieve first “Space Edition” copies of Mass Effect 3

In case you haven't heard, Electronic Arts has create a rather unique promotion to generate buzz about its latest title in the Mass Effect franchise. The company has attached weather balloons to a bundle of special editions of the game, and is sending them up into the atmosphere with sophisticated GPS tracking. Gamers are invited to track where they go so they can track them down and grab one of the alluring "Space Edition" copies.

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EA expects Simpsons mobile game to be one of its biggest titles of 2012

EA expects Simpsons mobile game to be one of its biggest titles of 2012

The yellow-skinned Fox cartoon series has kind of fallen out of favor in recent years, but Electronic Arts is planning to release a new mobile app based on The Simpsons that it expects to be a big cash cow moving forward. Or, as Mr. Burns might say, "Excellent." The company is developing the app as a freemium title, meaning players can download it for free and will then be suckered into paying money once they get hooked.

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Canadian university study finds violent video games are good for eyesight

Canadian university study finds violent video games are good for eyesight

In a story that is starkly different than most articles on the subject of violent video games, a new university-led study has found that playing shooters may actually be good for your health. Well, at least specifically for your eyesight. The research found that the concentration and skills required in games like Call of Duty or Medal of Honor actually helped adults hone and in some cases even strengthen their vision.

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