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Sony

Submission + - Sony Cripples PS3s That Don't Update Firmware (ign.com)

Absolut187 writes: Gaming site IGN reports that Sony is releasing a firmware update that will disable Linux support on the (pre-slim models of) the Playstation 3. Those who fail to update to the new firmware face an inability to sign into the PSN network or play BluRay or PS3 games, among other lost features. Does Sony have a legal right to do this? I'm sure they put something in the EULAs that states that they really own the console (and your first-born child). Does that give them the right to what is essentially extortion?
Games

Submission + - GameStop sued over lack of DLC for used games (ign.com)

Absolut187 writes: I personally don't have a problem with publishers charging for DLC. IMHO, you put in the effort to make it, you have the right to (try) to charge whatever you want. I have the right to take it or leave it if I don't find your price fair (same goes for the main game). But what about the used game market? Should publishers be allowed to destroy the used market for their games by including "free" DLC with a one-time use code? Should the copyright doctrine of "first-sale" have any effect here? Or is it up to the consumer (frequently children) to realize that the product will have a reduced resale value due to the one-time nature of the DLC code? Is this any different from the use of unique "CD-Keys" that are required for online play (e.g. for Blizzard games since 1997 or earlier).

Submission + - Vulgar post from work costs man his job (stltoday.com)

Absolut187 writes: Man posts off-colour joke on a blog at a local newspaper website (a reference to cunnilungus), presumably under a pseudonym. The blogger for the newspaper finds that the man's "HTTP_referrer" header indicates his place of employment, a local school. The blogger calls the school, and the IT department tracks the man down. The man is confronted by his employer and ultimately resigns.
Games

Submission + - Is Valve a dangerous monopoly? (gamespot.com) 2

Absolut187 writes: Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford says Steam's domination is "dangerous," and exploits small developers. "Steam helps us as customers, but it's also a money grab, and Valve is exploiting a lot of people in a way that's not totally fair." "Valve is taking a larger share than it should for the service it's providing. It's exploiting a lot of small guys." "There's so much conflict of interest there that it's horrid." "Steam isn't the answer." Is he right? And if so, what is the answer?

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