Oh, you are so gonna love this! Recently, Russian Federation made a new law “On information, information technologies and on defending of information” (№ 139-ФЗ, effective since 1 November), which allows government to create a database of blacklisted IP addresses of websites, that should be banned by ALL ISPs in the country (YES, they ban content by IPs, and nearly banned YouTube a couple of weeks ago). The websites to be banned are those containing child pornography, tips on how to suicide, information about narcotics and generally “bad for children” content (i.e. any website at all). A couple of days ago, Russian Federal Service for Drug Control blacklisted Eve Online fan site because they had an instruction on how to use VIRTUAL drugs in a VIRTUAL world to boost VIRTUAL character’s abilities. Proofs are here, so spread the word of this stupidity, my friends. (more…)
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Couldn’t keep from throwing my 5 cents in. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Ocean Marketing is a PR “agency” led by Paul Christoforo, the asshole of such an epic proportions that you could fit in Enterprise and Babylon5 both at the same time, and who hanged himself to dry over at Penny Arcade after attacking his own customer AND then Mike Krahulik. The shit storm that rose after is wonderful not only because it’s got a mention at all the main gaming portals, but also because it took the whole business of people in the game industry being assholes towards their customers for many years on a whole new level. Wait, but what the Russian mafia has to do with anything?.. (more…)
Square Enix Fiscal Reports Revealed: Final Fantasy XIV Being Blamed For The Losses And Its PS3 Version May be Cancelled Already
A few days ago Square Enix has published 2010/2011 fiscal results report and fiscal year march 2012 planning, both being very interesting documents indeed. As of the fiscal results Square Enix suffered huge financial losses of 12 billion yen (~$148,4 million), which CEO Yoichi Wada blames on Final Fantasy XIV’s disastrous launch and reworking, along with a few other cancelled projects that were in development (about 4,5 billion yen). Wada has publicly admitted that “Our game development has become weaker than expected, revamping it will take one or two years.” Well, who could have possible imagined that taking a game developer with a long record of high-quality games and devouring its name by releasing high-priced, unplayable garbage time after time and showing this shit up everyone’s throats would finally lead to a crashing disaster? *sarcasm mode off* But, getting back to FF14 – everything bad and PS3 version may have already been cancelled: according to Squaer Enix 2012 planning it’s nowhere to be seen. (more…)
Sony Online Entertainment Took Down All Its Game Servers Due to Hacker Attack & Compromised Security
- This is madness! – No, this is… Sony! – should we say. Previously, Sony lost PlayStation Network users data to hackers at April, 26th (which i missed being in Egypt). So far i haven’t seen a solid explanation of what exactly happened and how, just some mumbling excuses on Sony’s part. Today Sony took down all its game servers due to ANOTHER hacker attack and compromised security! Turns out, some hackers (the same team?) just owned all SOE customers data, including personal and credit card information. “Customers outside the United States should be advised that we further discovered evidence that information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) may have also been obtained – we will be notifying each of those customers promptly” Sony says. So the hacking guys practically plundered everything and went out unnoticed for 24 hours, AFTER the attack on PSW which should have done – what? To ring an alarm, maybe, that there are hackers around? Hello! Is anyone even in there? I wouldn’t feel sorry for these Sony dumbasses if not for my credit card information associated with Vanguard account. And the Vanguard server being unavailable too, btw. (more…)
Access blocked based on country of origin in both Prius Online and ARGO online – Details of blockage.
It was just a couple of days ago that i went totally apeshit on Alaplaya’s fucked-up ARGO Online Beta IP blockade that left me out of playing after sending me a beta key, and now it appears that GPotato has picked up the same kind of behavior: blocking away registrations based on IP. What Alaplaya did: first they allowed me to register and THEN banned from playing (i couldn’t even access my account anymore, and their support did not even know why is that). What GPotato does: they won’t even let me register an account while i’m under Russian IP. What a bunch of lousy motherfuckers. Anyways, a gamer can never be turned away from a game by some minor obstacles (unless dealing with Korean government). As i want to play both ARGO Online and Prius Online very badly, i’m exploring ways to get past the IP block and into the games. (more…)
Well, I’m outraged. I want to smash things and make people bleed slowly and painfully by cutting them with a blunt spoon. Remember that ARGO Online Closed beta thing i was so cheerful about? Well, after getting a beta code, entering it, waiting for several months, being chosen for the beta i am BANNED from it because i choose “Russian Federation” country setting! They choose my account to participate in beta, but they won’t let me in because I’m from Russia!!! Now i have to lie about my country of origin and nationality just to play some fucking game? How fucked up is that? Seriously? (more…)
Fantasy Earth Zero by Square Enix is an (obviously) fantasy-themed free-to-play RPG game featuring massive PVP battles, that was released less than a year ago – May 18, 2010 (publisher in USA – Gamepot). The sad news is that Square Enix is pulling the plug: the game is to be shut down at March 21, i.e., after only 10 months after re-release. I assume, SE are trying to cut their losses on MMO department while FFXIV is being “fixed”. A sad news for Fantasy Earth Zero players, indeed. GM Pasta has published a heartwarming message on FEZ official website plus now it shows a large, detailed notice of the events coming before the closing date. You can see both the notice and the message at the end of the post. Besides, i also wanted to add that I’m saddened myself, because when an MMO shuts down it’s a sad event, no matter if the game itself was bad or good. When a “normal” game bites the dust, you still can salvage a CD after, like, 15 years and play it or show to someone else, but when an MMO dies, there’s no going back, no chance to see the game again. It’s becoming a part of history. (more…)
Well, this may be an old joke but i found the papers from that case only now. So, there’s a guy named Craig Smallwood from Hawaii who sued NCSoft of South Korea over Lineage 2 being “too addictive”. Smallwood claims to have played Lineage II for 20,000 hours between 2004 and 2009, and is also upset about being banned from LA2 later, because he was “unable to function independently, he has suffered psychological trauma, he was hospitalized, and he requires treatment and therapy three times a week.” So this guy practically spent 20,000 hours watching Lineage 2 naked elven ass, boobs and whatever else he managed to find in there, then was banned and now requires to be shown Lineage II asses 3 times a week to function independently. And sues NCSoft to pay for its crimes. That’s the spirit, i say! (more…)
AlaPlaya is a world-wide game publishing network that is going to release ARGO Online (a hybrid between fantasy and steampunk genres, i wrote about it here and here). Now i’m getting really nervous about ARGO because of what one of AlaPlaya divisions is doing right now: www.alaplaya.eu is keep sending illiterate, dumb and absolutely clueless spam thinking they’re making an “offer” (and probably a good one!) to its players:
“Hello ChickGeek, we wish to give you some starting funds for your favorite game. Just download one of the alaplaya games, create your own charakter and buy cool items. Click here to see the alaplaya games. As soon as you have created your own charakter in one of the games, you will receive your bonuspoints”.
CharaKter. And these people are supposed to sell us games. (more…)
When i wrote a post Divine Souls Review: Open Beta First Impression, i said, that this game has design problems and bugs, and if GamePrix won’t screw it even more than as it is now, who knows, maybe it could turn out to be a nice game after all? Well, so far it couldn’t. I was tired of constant bug infestation and dropped it. GamePrix, obviously, sees constant drop in active accounts number and sends everyone a message like “hey, you’ve asked for it, and we made the game better!” – come back, we’re all white and fluffy! I came back, just in case. Was anything working better? Not a single thing. And i see increasing number of search inquiries about Divine Souls bug and crashes. Guys! Listen up here! It’s BUGGED LIKE HELL! (more…)
This is Part 2 of the story of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. A story of the fail that really was famous in it’s days, the story of a game that was pretty much fail at the beginning of its life – but got fixed, patched and in time became a real gem that would shine if this game was released, say, last or this year – but not many people know about it. Because if you fail once, it’s almost impossible to avert the damage (and Square Enix is learning this lesson now too, i bet). So, we all heard it was a big fail, right? But how and why did it happened in the first place? And why now I’m calling this game “a gem” when you probably heard no one plays it now? (more…)
Previously i wrote the Famous Fails tag for those games that look famous and popular, but in truth – if you look closely – they are actually a pretty bad choice to play. Now, this is a different story. A story of the fail that really was famous in it’s days, the story of a game that was pretty much fail at the beginning of its life – but got fixed, patched and in time became a real gem that would shine if this game was released, say, last or this year – but not many people know about it. Because if you fail once, it’s almost impossible to avert the damage (and Square Enix is learning this lesson now too, i bet). It’s the story of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. So, we all heard it was a big fail, right? But how and why did it happened in the first place? And why now I’m calling this game “a gem” when you probably heard no one plays it now? Let’s find out! (more…)
I recently got an iPad and found out there are some games for it involving online play, i named a few here. I’ve already reviewed Aurora Feint 3 here, have to finish the business with those other games. CastleCraft is an fantasy PVP MMORTS by Freeverse, Inc. and (supposedly) compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. I liked the graphics and the fantasy idea as a whole, but i was put on guard by several reviews blaming this game for non-existent customer support and myriads of annoying bugs. I can totally confirm both these points. And it’s really a shame, because if Freeverse ever fixes the critical bugs and starts listening to player base’s problems, then Castle Craft would become a fine game indeed. (more…)
Atlantica Online: Raises “Game Over” Sign Pretty High – Because Atlantica is Taken Over By Nexon America
A grave news have reached my ears: Atlantica Online is taken over by Nexon America since this month. The transfer is being made due to nDoors’ (previous Atlantica Online publisher since 2008) is acquired by Nexon Corporation. Probably, every AO player knows by now that nDoors (and its customers too, obviously) had suffered from a very poor customer service and of poorly thought out actions they have taken against the game’s community will. Now, Nexon is here to take care of everyone… Is it good or bad? I dare to say, it’s very-very-very bad… Why? Oh well…
I wrote earlier this week that that FFXIV audience is literally running away according to October statistics. More news came on that topic this week: a few days ago Square Enix provided the data on their sales, and it indicates a major drop in last six months. The sales were down to 68,956 million yen from 90,561 million of the same period a year ago. Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada admitted that Final Fantasy XIV is actually “unpopular” and that the game being “not of satisfactory condition, but improving at rapid pace”. He also stated that he think if FFXIV would satisfy its users fast, they will return, but on the other hand, when people are already out, it’s hard next to impossible to restore their confidence in the game. Well, yes, I’m not going back to play this game no matter how loud Wada cries “we’ll fix everything, come back soon!”. (more…)