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Kingdoms of Ama-need-an-online-pass, Sort Of.

Editor’s note: I am in no way advocating Online Passes in games. In this article, I praise 38 Studios for rewarding early adopters. I do not think the Day 1 DLC should be considered an Online Pass, a huge buzzword of late. However, having Day 1 DLC means that content was ready, but not packaged with the product. How you feel about that is up to you.

You probably already know about Kingdoms of Amalur’s Online Pass and the backlash unleashed by many in the gaming community. Well, as much as I don’t like Online Passes, Kingdoms of Amalur isn’t actually using one — not really. Ars technica wrote about the implementation of an Online Pass with this game and stated that “Charging used game players for such an ‘Online Pass’ is nothing new in the game industry, of course. But implementing an Online Pass in the single-player Kingdoms of Amalur represents a continuing tumble down a slippery slope for the entire game industry.”

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GameTaffy Would Like to Apologize to David Jaffe

After publishing an admittedly poorly-titled editorial about David Jaffe and listening to the anger of many Twisted Metal fans, I would like to apologize for comments made about David Jaffe, Sony, and Twisted Metal. is strongly opposed to Online Passes in any shape or form, as they are a way to fight piracy by attacking those who are not pirates. At the writing of the article, my intention was to draw attention to another situation where gamers are punished for trying to save money.

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David Jaffe Sold Out

EDITORIAL NOTE (1.30.12) – Since writing this, we have apologized to David Jaffe, both on this site and through Twitter. However, this article will remain live to serve as an example of what not to do. Name calling is not the way to get a message heard or to encourage intelligent and mature conversation. This article was meant to be an editorial opinion about the Online Pass and instead resorted to name-calling to push a point. GameTaffy will continue to report on the Online Pass debate and looks forward to your continued support as a reader.

Twisted Metal Sweet Tooth PS3

NOTE: This was meant to appear in the WSU Signpost, but as there was no space in the paper, it was left out. Therefore, GameTaffy publishes the article for your reading pleasure!

For the past year and a half of its existence, the Online Pass has been a topic of debate amongst gamers, retailers, and game creators. Unfortunately, the majority of consumers are completely unaware of it.

As has been said on the Show on KWCR 88.1 Weber FM repeatedly for the past year, the biggest problem with the Online Pass is the lack of consumer knowledge.

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Next Xbox May Not Allow Used Games; Blu-Ray and New Kinect Rumored

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Microsoft's new console could contain a huge slap in the face to consumers.

A credible source has informed Kotaku of even further details about the rumored Xbox 720.

According to what is being called a “credible source”, Microsoft will be hopping on board with the Blu-Ray wave, as well as launching a new version of the Kinect along with the console release. Read the rest of this entry

Twisted Metal’s David Jaffe for President!

Twisted has a stiff perspective when it comes to sales gimmicks that take advantage of gamers.  We’ve even sent complaints to the FTC about cheap tactics that companies have used to squeeze a buck out of consumers.  So it was extremely refreshing to hear news from the creator of PS3’s upcoming Twisted Metal game.

Being a primarily multiplayer-focused game, the online pass could potentially harm Twisted Metal, and the game’s creator, David Jaffe stated that he would like to minimize the barriers to getting gamers online as much as possible.  He even mentioned that he wouldn’t Read the rest of this entry

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